Monday 19 March 2018
11.00 – 2.00
Hilton Union Square, San Francisco
Join this dedicated workshop to learn how leading investors and operators in Vertical Farming are scaling production and accessing new markets.
Welcome & Introduction
Jennie Moss, Founder, RETHINK EVENTS, UK
Chairs Opening Remarks: Understanding the Current Investment Landscape for Vertical Farming
Brian Mixer, Investment Director and Managing Director, MIDDLELAND CAPITAL, USA
Plant Science: What are the latest approaches to optimizing yields in vertical, controlled environment agriculture? Where is the next wave of innovation coming from?
John Purcell, VP Vegetables Global R&D Lead, MONSANTO COMPANY, USA
Finance & Business Models: In what creative ways are vertical farms being funded, and how do capital stacks compare? What innovative technologies are operators investing in and how will this change the business model?
Nate Storey, Co-Founder and CSO, PLENTY, USA
Sonia Lo, CEO, FRESH BOX FARMS, USA
Retailer/Marketing: Indoor grown greens offer the benefits of local sourcing, longer shelf life, fewer chemicals and a reduced chance of foodborne illness, but how will consumers be convinced?
Global Potential: Understanding the drivers for adoption in Asia, the economics of vertical farming and the value placed on clean food production
J.J Price, Business Development Director, SPREAD, JAPAN
Future Growth: What else can be grown vertically? What’s next and what will never happen?
Concluding Discussion: All speakers