Agenda – Agri-tech 2017-05-22T09:19:06+00:00

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

David Jones, Chairman, Plant Impact

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?

Moderator: Vaga Bartalini, International Advisory Board, Banco Finantia

Katrin Burt, Managing Director, Syngenta Ventures

Shankar Athreya, Head of Farmland Investments, Insight Investment

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

Michael Aubrey, Partner, Mills & Reeve

Derrick Wilkinson, Consultant Economist, The Policy Group

Ian Bailey, Director of Rural Research, Savills

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
  • Opportunities

Ohad Zuckerman, Managing Partner, Copia Agro & Food Ltd.

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?

Dave Smardon, CEO and Managing Partner, Bioenterprise Corporation Canada

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

Stephanie Race, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Crop Performance

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

Vonnie Estes, Former VP of Business Development, Caribou Biosciences

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

Soenja Lammers, Independent Consultant

17:10 – Chairpersons closing remarks
Commodity Markets Outlook
Agribusiness Strategy Agenda
Real Assets Agenda