Virtual Summit, 8th July 2021

10.45

Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair and Moderator

Lorcan Allen

Lorcan Allen

Business Editor, Business post

10.55

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Global Industry Leaders’ Forum

Conversation with global thought leaders in the AgriTech space, examining the visionary and disruptive potential developments in agritech as it revolutionises agricultural and food output

Theo Kanellos

Theo Kanellos

Director Business Development and Allliances, Zoetis International

Hadar Sutovsky

Hadar Sutovsky

Vice President External Innovation, ICL Group, Israel

Peter Wren-Hilton

Peter Wren-Hilton

Managing Director, Wharf 42 New Zealand

11.35

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Think global: agricultural innovations that solve real problems

Cathal Fitzgerald

Cathal Fitzgerald

Senior Investment Director Food and Agriculture, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Brendan O’Connell

Brendan O’Connell

Chief Executive, AgritechNZ

12.00

The investor activity landscape

A look at where the investment trends are and what it tells us about the sector right now

Ger Heffernan

Ger Heffernan

Principal, Heffernan Financial Advisory

12:20

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Venture capitalists and investors: what are we looking for?

James Maloney

James Maloney

Senior Regional Development Executive, Enterprise Ireland

Danny O’Brien

Danny O’Brien

Managing Director EMEA, SVG Ventures | THRIVE

Nicky Deasy

Nicky Deasy

Managing Partner, Yield Lab Europe

13.00

Lunch and networking break

Breakout Sessions

Over the course of the lunch break and continuing into the afternoon, we have some breakout sessions, away from the main agenda. These sessions are aimed specifically at our start-up attendees, but any and all attendees are welcome to join in. These sessions are:

13.00    Q&A with investors and venture capitalists: this session presents a great opportunity to put your questions to our panel including:

Rob Ward, CEO, ForwardFood.Tech, UK

14.00    Starting out: what to do with an idea? Avail of the expertise of our panel of advisors:                                         

                                                                                                 David Leydon, Head of Food and Agribusiness, IFAC

                                                                                         Katia Zacharaki, Director of Communications, UK Urban Agritech

14.30     Best practice research and development: advice on how to test your idea, its appeal and potential from:

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                         Kate Pressland, Centre for Effective Innovation in Agriculture, UK

13.30

A conversation with two successful start-ups who share their experiences and journey

  • How it all started
  • Research and development: testing your idea and assumptions
  • The legal framework
  • Structure and financing
  • What help was available: financial and advisory
  • Measuring response and acting on it
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David Leydon

David Leydon

Moderator: Head of Food and Agribusiness, IFAC

Ian Wheal

Ian Wheal

CEO, Breedr, UK

Shane Kiernan

Shane Kiernan

CEO, Iamus

13.55

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Going it alone or taking on co-founders, partners, finance…

  • Collaboration: is it for you?
  • Strategic partnering: at what stage?

 

Dr. Mary Ellis

Dr. Mary Ellis

Moderator: President, Earle & Associates and Board Member, FarmTech Society

Rob Ward

Rob Ward

CEO, ForwardFood.Tech, UK

Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan

Investment Director, Finistere Ventures

Dr. Michael Gifford

Dr. Michael Gifford

Head of Commercialisation, NIAB, UK

14.20

Adapting technology to established agri-business and agri-engineering

Kristin Miller

Kristin Miller

CEO, GEA Farm Technologies, North Amercia

14.40

Agri-tech acquisitions: the viewpoint of the acquirer

  • Best Practice
  • The right fit – what makes sense
  • The future of corporate R&D – in-house or innovation acquisition

 

 

Padraig Hennessy

Padraig Hennessy

Moderator: Chairman, AgTech Ireland and CEO, Terra Nutritech

Dr. Edmond Harty

Dr. Edmond Harty

Former Entrepreneur of the Year & Adjunct Full Professor, UCD

Dr. Mike Salter

Dr. Mike Salter

AB Agri, UK

15.10

PANEL DISCUSSION

Data ownership

The great dilemma that currently occupies international discussion over future policy, regulation, ethics and fair play is data ownership. This panel tries to navigate the future of data ownership and how tech companies can operate in an economy where ‘data is the new oil’.

Daniel Foy

Daniel Foy

Moderator: CEO & Co-Founder, AgriGates, USA

Karen Hildebrand PHD,

Karen Hildebrand PHD,

Head, WW Solutions Architecture, Agriculture, Amazon Web Services

Mareese Keane,

Mareese Keane,

Opengate, USA

15.40

Summit ends