Agri-tech Investment – Agenda
Agrimoney Live – Millennium Mayfair, London, 23rd – 25th May 2017
The Investors’ Link to the Food Chain
Helping private equity, VC’s and agribusinesses invest in the technologies that will dominate agriculture in years to come
08:30 – Registration and morning refreshments
08:50 – Welcome address
Mike Verdin, Editor, Agrimoney
08:50 – Chairpersons opening remarks
Emma Penny, Group Head of Content, Briefing Media Agriculture
Plenary Session: The Future of Agriculture
09:00 Keynote Address: Agriculture in 2025
09:30 – Increasing yields and upping efficiency levels to deliver sustained production and food security
Mac Marshall, Economist, Monsanto Global Strategy
10:00 – Institutional Investor Panel:
Investment criteria and capital allocation – how are agricultural investments evaluated by institutional investors?
- An overview of the opportunity set in agricultural investing with a view to efficient portfolio diversification.
- What are the most attractive investment opportunities and why?
- What is real risk and return?
- How is agriculture viewed in the context of the entire portfolio?
- What are the expected return levels and what´s the typical investment horizon?
Neil Woods, Portfolio Manager, Direct Investments, NZ Superannuation Fund
10:45 – Business Matchmaking
Guided speed-networking for all attendees, giving everyone 60 seconds to swap cards, make new connections and find potential business opportunities
10:55 – Morning Refreshments
11:15 – De-risking the innovation environment and attracting investment into agri-tech
- Driving innovation and growth for the benefit of the UK economy
Calum Murray, Head of Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK
11:45 – The business case for investing in agri-tech
- Defining what agri-tech means
- The investment rationale
- Identifying good business investments – what are the defining criteria for investors wanting to access the agri-tech space
Sarai Kemp, Vice President Business Development, Trendlines Agtech
12:10 – Q&A Analysis. Brexit – how to navigate the changing terrain
- What effect will fluctuating sterling have on land prices in the UK?
- Attracting foreign investment in light of decreasing farmland values
- Currency fluctuation and inflationary risks in light of changing policy
- What it means for investors and returns
Moderator: Stuart MacDonald, Managing Partner, Bride Valley Partners
13:00 – Networking Lunch
Chairman: Vonnie Estes, Former VP of Business Development, Caribou Bioscience
14:00 – Case study: regional opportunities and market entry – Israeli VC tells all!
- Israel – the start-up nation
- The ag and food sphere
- Investment eco-system
14:30 – Understanding the role of an accelerator – can they help turn a profit faster?
- An overview of Bioenterprise best practices model with the perspective from: Venture Capital, Angel Investors and Family Offices, Government Stakeholders, Corporates/ Multi Nationals
- What is an accelerator’s impact on a global scale?
- What differentiates an accelerator, what value do they provide clients?
- Why Ag- Tech and what is driving this sector?
15:00 – Case study: the role of predictive analytics for sustainable food production
- Remote sensing provisioned via satellite, airborne & drones to optimize crop yield & quality
- Technology to monitor crop phenology, weather & soils to select appropriate varieties, optimize genetic potential and forecast yields in advance of harvest
- Predictive analytics to quantify supply risk due to drought, flooding, pests and disease
- Monitoring environmental outcomes; ghg emissions, water quality and soil health, evaluate management practice tradeoffs to meet required supply at an acceptable cost and risk
- Transparency as to how food is grown, its provenance and compliance to food safety legislation and sustainability stewardship schemes
15:30 – Afternoon refreshments
16:00 – Gene editing – using technological advancements to open up new markets and geographies
- What is gene editing?
- Uses of gene editing in Agriculture
- State of development and investment in Ag
- Current challenges in commercialization of gene editing
16:40 – Blockchain in agriculture – opening up new markets and providing clarity of data and supply
- What if you could improve efficiency and increase income for over a billion people?
- The simplest, most down to earth use of Blockchain is to provide a near free way to securely record transactions
- How a simple Blockchain and mobile application can help businesses become more efficient by planning and cooperating better