2018 Program Schedule

Each year, the Forum is a converging point for the global ag tech elite. Industry giants, investors, accelerators, and innovators provide insight on the latest sector headwinds, technology milestones, and key challenges facing the future of ag tech.

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THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018

Registration, Coffee Breaks, and Reception: Grand Ballroom Foyer
Presentations, Sessions and Meals: Grand Ballroom Salon A/B + Crush

07:00 - 08:00

Registration & Networking Breakfast - Sponsored by BIOTECanada

08:00 - 08:15

Opening Remarks

08:15 - 09:30

Panel Session: Meet the Investors

Put faces to names at the Meet the Investors panel session and hear straight from active Venture Capital and Private Equity investors as they lend insight into exactly what they are looking for, and what they are excited about, within the current opportunity landscape.

Jacqueline Heard

Venture Partner

Brad Fabbri

Chief Science Officer

Ingrid Fung

Senior Associate, Agriculture Technologies

Pat Morand


Alex Arrivillaga

Senior Manager, US Food & Agriculture

Michael McGee

Managing Director

Chuck Templeton

Managing Director

Tyler Mayoras

Co-Manager, Food & Ag Fund

Douglas Saxon

Venture Partner

09:15 - 10:15

Company Showcase Presentations

Leaders from competitively selected high growth potential emerging companies present their business models in concise 10 minute presentations.

Companies TBD – We’re looking for the best emerging ag tech companies to take the stage. If you think you got what it takes, apply today!

10:15 - 11:00

Networking Break - Sponsored by Bioscience Association Manitoba

11:00 - 12:00

Panel Session: Engaging the Corporate Strategics

Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) is playing an ever increasing role in the venture funding ecosystem. Companies are turning to CVC as an alternative to the traditional venture funding model, and internally, CVC is stepping in to ensure that there is a viable, healthy emerging ag tech ecosystem to feed their corporate parents’ long term needs. Listen in as our panel of key players discuss the current opportunity landscape and how to successfully engage with the broader CVC community.

Bill Aimutis

Director, Global Innovation

Rashmi Agnihotri

Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development

Reese Schroeder

Managing Director

Jacob Grose

Investment Manager

12:00 - 12:30

Keynote Speaker

Alison Rabschnuk

Director of Corporate Engagement

Transforming Our Food System: Bringing Market-Disrupting Products to Reality

As Director of Corporate Engagement at The Good Food Institute (GFI) Alison Rabschnuk is set on changing the way we think about the future of food. This international organization is at the forefront of the next agricultural revolution – replacing animal products with plant-based and clean meat alternatives. Collaborating with scientists, entrepreneurs, and investors, The Good Food Institute is in the business of helping foster ground-breaking food tech innovations that are more delicious, safer to eat, and better for the planet.

Alison brings 25 years of advertising, marketing, and sales experience to GFI having worked with brands including Taco Bell, Levi Strauss, Gap, Kiplinger’s, and Parents Magazine. She works with leading food service companies, supermarkets, and restaurants to help increase the quality and quantity of plant-based products available on the market.

12:30 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:00

Keynote Speaker

Nico Bolzico


Deploying Capital & Technology in Developing Economies: LM10 Brings Together Capital & Leading AgTech to the Philippines

Founded in 2012, Nico Bolzico, President of LM10 is ready to invest and take agribusiness in the Philippines to the next level. By offering their technology, combined with their capital, LM10 believes they can help transform the Philippines into a world-class, agro-export country. Partnering with local players in the Philippines, LM10 is using leading technology, processes, products, and education in order to grow, boost productivity and establish the Philippines as a key player and significant contributor to economic growth.

14:00 - 15:00

Company Showcase Presentations

Leaders from competitively selected high growth potential emerging companies present their business models in concise 10 minute presentations.

Companies TBD – We’re looking for the best emerging ag tech companies to take the stage. If you think you got what it takes, apply today!

15:00 - 15:30

Networking Break

15:30 - 16:00

Tech Talks

Pete Nelson

President & Executive Director

The Innovation Divide: Bridging the Gap Between the Farm and AgTech Commercialization

Founded in 2015, AgLaunch was born with a mission – to  grow 100 agricultural companies in Tennesse throughout the next five years. Championing a farm-centric innovation model, Pete Nelson is bringing together technology and the farm to change the way that deals are being created for ag tech investors and entrepreneurs. For Pete, this means addressing the disconnect between new technology innovation, farmers, and bringing forward solutions that address real-world agriculture problems.


Pete is a life-long advocate for farmers and is the President and Executive Director of AgLaunch. AgLaunch is a joint initiative of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture focused on creating and supporting new agricultural businesses. Since announcing the initiative in August 2015, nearly 30 companies have been assisted by AgLaunch’s work. Don’t miss Pete at #AGRIForum

Daniel Belliveau


Daring to Imagine a More Sustainable Industry 

As the former head of technical services at Starbucks, Daniel Belliveau is the innovator behind Coffee Flour: a waste product turned superfood. Named one of the top 2017 food trends, Coffee Flour is quickly gaining popularity turning the wasted fruit used in the production of coffee beans into a nutritious and  distinctly flavorful ingredient.


With over 30 years of engineering and management experience in coffee and other food related businesses, Daniel holds expertise in complex problem solving, consumer goods manufacturing, business systems integration, procurement, and vendor management.

16:00 - 16:30

How Can Seed Stage Investors Help Start-Ups Grow Faster; The Power of The Network

Kirk Haney


Radicle Growth is a $15M accelerator fund focused on transforming the speed of innovation in agriculture. Under Kirk’s leadership, Radicle secured top tier financial and corporate investors including Finistere Ventures, $150M agtech fund, OurCrowd, $300M funding platform, Bayer Crop Science and DuPont Pioneer. Radicle is partnering with great entrepreneurs to bring disruptive innovation to market while leveraging the platform’s global network to accelerate the development of the new technologies.

Named “Top 100 Most Influential People in Bioenergy” in 2012 by Biofuels Digest, and having served as CEO and Chairman at Cloud Break Advisors, SGB Inc., and Green Millennium, Kirk Haney has had a successful track record developing sustainable, for profit projects and extensive experience in both established and start-up companies.

16:30 - 17:00

Keynote Speaker

Jason Drew


Environmental Capitalism: Driving the Sustainability Revolution

Described by Forbes Magazine as the “lord of the flies who would be king” Jason’s company, AgriProtein, has taken the world by storm, leading the way in a new industry called nutrient recycling. AgriProtein, which by headcount, is the largest farming operation on the planet, takes fly larvae that are fed on waste to produce animal feed. Their goal – to secure the future of food while also delivering significant environmental benefits.

Jason was awarded the UN innovation prize for Africa in 2013, and already has fly farm projects underway in the UK, the US, South Africa, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

17:00 - 17:15

Closing Remarks

17:15 - 20:00

Official Networking Reception