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World Agri-Tech has teamed up with San Diego-based acceleration fund Radicle Growth to host a Pitch Day on Monday March 19. In an industry first, Radicle will offer $250,000 investment to the winning company.
Following an open call for nominations, eight early-stage technology companies will be selected to showcase their solutions at a special pre-summit Pitch Day in front of a group of high-ranking investors and agribusiness experts.
An expert judging panel will select the winner, whose name will be announced the following day at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit.
Radicle Growth is an acceleration fund backed by leading agtech investors including Finistere Ventures, Bayer Crop Science, OurCrowd and Cloud Break Advisors. Find out more about Radicle in an interview with CEO Kirk Haney here.
We welcome applications from agtech entrepreneurs from all geographies and all sub-sectors of agtech, including Animal Health, Biologicals, Digital Ag, Farm Systems, Food-Tech, Seed Technology and Opportunistic.
To qualify, companies should have received a minimum of $100,000 in investment capital, or in kind capital, or have gone through an agtech seed accelerator program.
All applications will be reviewed by the investment committee, and a final shortlist of eight companies will be invited to present live at the Pitch Day.
The winner will be announced during Day 1 of the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco on Tuesday March 20.
The winning company will also be invited to present to 600+ agribusiness executives in the plenary session of the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit on Wednesday March 21.
All finalists will be invited to join the summit as delegates, for two days of networking and industry insights.
All potential investments are subject to final terms and conditions and normal and customary due diligence.
Kirk Haney – CEO and Managing Partner of Radicle Growth
Arama Kukutai – Co-Founder and Partner of Finistere Ventures
Geoff Kneen – R&D Licensing and New Ventures Manager (North America) of Bayer CropScience
Dan Cosgrove – VP Business Development of DuPont Pioneer
Kiersten Stead – Investment Director for Monsanto Growth Ventures
Entries have now closed for the Pitch Day and Radicle Challenge in San Francisco. We would still like to hear from agtech start-ups interested to attend the Summit or seeking an introduction to Radicle Growth, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and visit radicle.vc to submit a business proposal directly on their site.
Review period: Ongoing
Finalists to be Announced: Week commencing Monday February 19, 2018
Pitch Day: Monday March 19, 2018 – Hilton Union Square, San Francisco
Winner Announced: Tuesday March 20, 2018 – World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, Hilton Union Square, San Francisco
Winner Presents: within the Technology Showcase at World Agri-Tech on March 21.