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Sustainable AgTech Investment Forum

  • Boston University Questrom School of Business 595 Commonwealth Avenue Boston (map)

This forum will bring together major organizations to discuss leading strategies that are creating more sustainable Food and Ag systems.

About this Event

This forum will bring together 150 senior executives including food industry corporates, institutional investors, PE/VC firms, AgTech startups, academics and policy makers to discuss the most promising AgTech innovations, investment strategies, new business models and industry partnerships that are creating more sustainable food and agriculture systems around the globe.

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8:30am Venture Capital Investing in AgTech – Top Themes & Strategies

Leading corporate and PE investors will discuss where they are investing at the intersection of precision Ag and biologicals to solve major sustainability challenges in the food & ag industry.

  • Andrew Ziolkowski, Managing Director, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures

  • Brett Wong, Principal, Anterra Capital

  • Jacob E. Grose, Ph.D., Investment Manager, BASF Venture Capital

  • Adam Bergman, Head of Wells Fargo's AgTech & FoodTech Investment Banking (moderator)

9:15am Implementing Sustainable Ag Strategies to Increase Yield & Profits

A panel of farmland investors and operators and will discuss how they are leveraging AgTech innovations to create sustainable value across the supply chain and returns for shareholders.

  • Hunt Stookey, Director of Research & Investment Strategy, Ceres Partners

  • David Gould, Head of Capital Markets & Investor Relations, AMERRA Capital

  • Dave Muth, PhD, Managing Partner, Alternative Equity Advisors & V.P., Peoples Company

  • Claire Kinlaw, PhD, Director, Innovation Commercialization, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

10:00 Coffee Break

10:20am How Food Corporates Are Creating Sustainable Supply Chains

Food corporates will address how innovation and new partnerships are creating more sustainable food & ag supply chains and increasing food safety and traceability.

  • Matthew Carstens, S.V.P., Land O’Lakes

  • Charles W. Tapp, Senior Manager, Strategy & Innovation, Mars Inc. (TBC)

  • Sara Olson, PhD, Research Director, Lux Research

11:00am How AgTech Innovation Creates Healthier Food Systems

Leading Bio-Agtech innovators will discuss the role that biotech is playing in addressing the agriculture industry’s more pressing challenges in a series of 1-on-1 fireside chats.

  • Jim Blome, CEO, Calyxt

  • Andrey Zarur, CEO, GreenLight Biosciences

  • Adam Behrens, CEO, Cambridge Crops

  • Scott Uknes, Co-founder & Co-CEO, AgBiome

  • Keith Driver, Executive Vice President, Growth, Enterra Feed (TBC)

  • Ingrid Fung, Investment Associate, Finistere Ventures

12:00pm Institutional Investor Engagement in the Food & Ag Sector

Institutional investors will uncover how they invest in companies taking concrete steps to make food and ag more sustainable and managing long-term industry risks in their portfolios.

12:35pm Networking Lunch

2pm Forum Concludes