Tuesday, March 19

11.40am-12.10 pm

Start-Up Pitches: Crop Protection, Genomics, and Biotech Innovations

In this rapid-fire showcase, hear from start-up companies who are advancing crop protection, the future of sustainable practices, and plant nutrition through cutting-edge biology and next-generation delivery mechanisms.

Presenters:
Esteban Hernando, CSO, CÁLICE BIOTECH
Masaki Niwa, CEO, GRA&GREEN
Joaquin Fisch, Co-Founder & CEO, NAT4BIO
PJ Steiner, Co-Founder & CEO, OHMIC BIOSCIENCES
Rory Hornby, CSO & Co-Founder, ALORA
Rafael Simon, CEO, SILVEC
Pam Marrone, Executive Chair & Co-Founder, INVASIVE SPECIES CORPORATION
Kinneret Shefer, CEO & Co-Founder, GENENEER

12.10-12.40 pm

Growing Innovation: Showcasing AgTech Start-Ups Cultivating the Future of Farming

Explore pitches from three recent winners of Grow-NY, a $1M top prize pitch competition open to food and ag tech startups from around the world ready to innovate and scale up in New York state.

Host:
Jenn Smith, Director, Food & Ag Innovation Programs, CORNELL UNIVERSITY/GROW-NY

Speakers:
Bruno Jactel, Co-founder and CEO, HYPERCELL TECHNOLOGIES
Luc Lalire, CEO, MYCOLOGIC
Gabriel Wilmoth, COO, ASCRIBE BIOSCIENCE

12.40 – 1.40 pm  – Networking Lunch

1.40 – 2.10 pm

Start-Up Pitches: Field Monitoring, IoT & Sensors

Hear from a cohort of start-ups reshaping the future of agronomic advising, next generation field monitoring, sensing & IoT technologies.

Presenters:
Sarah Placella, CEO, ROOT APPLIED SCIENCES
Ali Fawad, Co-Founder & CEO, FARMEVO.AI
Martin García Wilhelm, CTO and Co-Founder, GRAPE.AG
Kazuki Matsuo, CEO, EX-FUSION
Dev Mehrotra, Co-Founder, INSECT EAVESDROPPER
Jacob Ninio, CEO, AKSATA
Brandon Chi, Co-Founder & CEO, CROP DIAGNOSTIX
Ben Rizo, Senior Client Success Manager, DIGIFARMS
Patricio Arias, CEO, ULTRA CROP CARE

2.10 – 2.40 pm

Driving Sustainable Agriculture with New Technologies: BASF AgroStart’s Collaborative Strategy with Innovation Partners

Join AgroStart and their partners for a deep dive into their collaborative strategy, focusing on the commercialization of new technologies that drive sustainability in agriculture. The event will feature a panel discussion with representatives from innovative startups in the agricultural industry, who will share their insights on leveraging agronomic field insights & analytics and how to trace & share sustainability goals to reimagine agriculture for the success of farmers & future generations.

Host:
Mika Eberl, Head of AgroStart & Digital Officer, NA, BASF

Speakers:
Tim Hassinger, CEO & Board Member, INTELINAIR
Marcos Botta, Co-Founder & CIO, UCROP.IT

3.00 – 3.35 pm Afternoon Coffee Break

3.35 – 4.05pm

Start-Up Pitches: AI-Driven Cultivation and Next Gen Crop Nutrition & Protection

Hear from start-ups leveraging AI for autonomous vegetable cultivation and engineering microbials for crop nutrition and soil health.

Presenters:
Benito Varela, CEO, GROPRO
Sumedh P. Surwade, Founder & CEO, ANVIGEN
Jyoti Taneja, CEO, VARADA AGRICULTURE
Danielle Rose, CEO, CERAGEN
Takuto Nagata, Global Business Development, TOWING
Sudharsan Dwaraknath, CEO & Co-Founder, QUORUM BIO
Shireen Davies, CEO, SOLASTA BIO
Chad Pawlak, CEO, GENVOR

4.05 – 4.50pm

Natural Products Canada: Canada’s Next Big Innovation

From soil health to traceability, hear how seven Canadian start-ups are tackling industry’s biggest issues in sustainable agriculture. In 3-minute pitches, they’ll deliver what you expect from Canada: well-researched, de-risked, early-stage investment and partnership opportunities for investors, corporate strategics and more.

Host:
Sue Coueslan, VP Strategy & Partnership, NATURAL PRODUCTS CANADA

Presenters:
Chris Paterson, Chairman of Board of Directors, SOILGENIC
Mingyang Sun, President & COO, NATURE RECOMBINED SCIENCES
Arian Shahnazari, Director of Operations, BIOPOLYNET
Amber Kivisto, President, BIONORTH SOLUTIONS
Jamil Samstatly, Co-Founder & VP Biopesticides, BIOSUN
Jason McNamee, COO, LUCENT BIOSCIENCES
David Singer, Co-Founder & VP of Business Development, INDEX BIOSYSTEMS

5.40 – 7.00pm Happy Hour 

Wednesday, March 20

10.20 – 10.50am

Planting Partnerships in Digital Agriculture Data

Join a lively discussion with three agtech startups from Saskatchewan, Canada about the future of digital agriculture data and developing strategic partnerships to overcome the challenges of interoperability and data silos.

Host: Avery Vold, Vice President – Economic Development & Research Investments, INNOVATION SASKATCHEWAN

Presenters:
Kyle Folk, CEO, GROUND TRUTH AGRICULTURE
Steve Siciliano, CEO, ENVIRONMENTAL MATERIAL SCIENCE
Charles Goranson, Managing Director, KVALE INFORMATICS CONSULTING

11.20 – 11.50am

Start-up Pitching: Agronomic Advice, Fintech & Pollinators

Join our cohort of start-ups reshaping the future of agronomic advising, fintech and risk management.

Presenting Companies:
Oren Saar, CEO, AGWA
Irakli Chikava, Founder & CEO, AGRONNECT
Patrick Crowley, CEO, AGRIFUL SOFTWARE
Ben Harms, Co-CEO, COMPASS REG
Christophe Brod, CEO BEEFUTURES
Michael Solomon, CEO, UPTERRA

11.50am – 12.20pm

Navigating Downturns In Venture Capital

Join Yara Growth Ventures fund and their startup portfolio and gain insights on how both investors and founders are navigating the uncertainties in venture capital.

Host:
George Roche, Investment Director, YARA GROWTH VENTURES

Presenters:
Hugo Garduño Ortega, CEO, VERQOR
Craig Rupp, CEO, SABANTO
Francisco Jardim, Managing Director, SP VENTURES
Jinesh Shah, Managing Director, OMNIVORE VENTURES

Start-up Arena Floorplan