The event will open with a keynote address by Dr. Robert Fraley, Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto Company, and close with a keynote by Dr. James Budzynski, Venture Partner at Open Prairie Ventures. It will include panel discussions featuring ag-tech leaders exploring the industry’s hottest trends, with a focus on the thematic areas of precision agriculture, the use of biological solutions in agriculture, the continued development of renewables, and the investment outlook for early stage ag-tech companies.
“With technology driven solutions recognized as critical to the way forward for the industry, the Ag Innovation Showcase has evolved into the premier innovation event that provides a platform for dialog and deal-flow centered around solutions of the future,” said Sam Fiorello, COO Donald Danforth Plant Science Center & President of BRDG Park.
Historically, the Showcase has proven to be particularly valuable for emerging ag-tech entrepreneurs. Ninety-five percent of presenters found potential partners and four of every five presenters found potential investors. In addition, post-Showcase, two presenters were acquired by strategics in attendance at the event, and the cohort of past presenters went on to raise more than $96 million in funding.