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Digital Farming
and the Agtech Ecosystem

An immersive 5-day experience for agribusiness executives

Available Online and In Person

January 25-29, 2021

What Is The Program About?

The agriculture industry is going through big changes as new technologies make their way into the sector. Thanks to advances in areas like sensors, drones and satellites, farmers are able to run their businesses with greater efficiency and agility than ever before. But the transformation across the food production sector has not been even, with farmers, technologists, and entrepreneurs still working to better understand each others’ needs and build the products that tackle agriculture-specific challenges in areas such as labor shortages, soil health and waste prevention.

Our immersion program will educate you in all of these trends, connect you with the companies pioneering groundbreaking solutions and inspire you to turn your own company into a leading innovator capable of long-term growth. 


As with all of our immersion programs, Digital Farming And The Agtech Ecosystem is available both online and in person in Silicon Valley.

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What Will I Learn?

Our immersion program is made up of sessions with companies operating at the forefront of major trends in the agtech space such as:

Big Data

Data is at the heart of the digital transformation of agriculture. Startups helping farmers collect all the data they need include TeleSense, end-to-end platform for remote temperature and humidity sensing for stored grains, Farmers Business Network, a peer-to-peer agronomic information database with nearly $200 million venture funding, and Airlitix, a precision AgTech company specializing in autonomous, indoor, drone technology for greenhouse management.

Drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are proving to be a rich source of visual imagery and data for the agriculture industry. Early stage ventures in this space include TerrAvion as well as Ceres Imaging, an aerial spectral imagery and analytics company, and Blue River Technology, a pioneer in the use of computer vision and robotics for agriculture.

Robotics

Out in the fields, farmers’ pain points such as labor shortages are being addressed through greater use of robotics. A number of Silicon Valley startups are breaking ground in this vertical including: FarmBot, a farming machine and software package designed for small-scale precision food production; FarmWise, builders of smart, autonomous robots attacking the problem of weeds; and Abundant Robotics, where the team’s most recent invention is a robot to harvest apples.

Analytics

Platforms to help farmers make sense of their data abound. Leading startups include Granular, a cloud-based analytics engine, Mavrx, which uses imagery and data to provide agriculturalists with actionable insights, and Acopio, a provider of tools and services to collect, manage, and share data along the agricultural value chain.

Program Agenda

This schedule is tentative and features past speakers and participating companies.
Subject to change without prior notice

Day 1

The World of Agtech

What is agtech and where is it taking us? Why is it exploding now and what are the forces driving its expansion? These are the questions we answer on day 1 of our immersion program on The Future of Farming and AgriBusiness. We explain how startups have capitalized on demographic and labor market trends, new technologies and the ready availability of venture funding to create companies reimagining farming for the 21st century. We see these dynamics in practice with visits to companies such as Apeel Sciencesa startup utilizing advances in material science to combat food waste, Pivot Bio, a pioneer in crop nutrition, and Ceres Imaging, an aerial spectral imagery and analytics company. Other possible participating companies: GranularIronOxFull HarvestAbundant RoboticsIronPlanet

Day 2

Market Niches

No one agriculture startup has all the answers. That’s why on day two we explore the limits to the agtech space as they exist today. How many areas of agriculture are being disrupted? What is the nature of this change and how fast is it moving? We answer these questions through visits to startups operating in a wide range of niches. Possible meetings include: Afresh Technologies, a builder of supply chain solutions that use artificial intelligence to reduce fresh food waste; Aquabyte, developer of machine learning products for fish farms; and TerVivaa startup focused on sustainably producing vegetable oil and protein through the commercialization of pongamia trees. Other possible participating companies: MavrxWaterBitEmeryvilleCrop OneSlantrange

Day 3

The ‘Tech’ in Agtech

Day three of the immersion program is dedicated to the technologies fueling the disruption of the agricultural sector. We hear from experts in artificial intelligence and machine learningroboticsinternet of things and drones to learn what these technologies can currently do and what they will offer in the future. We visit companies such as IntelinAIran aerial imagery analytics company, Wexus Technologiesthe developers of IoT software for the global food supply chain, and InnerPlanta synthetic biology startups making plants into living sensors. Other possible participating companies: Arcadia BiosciencesPlentyFarmers Business NetworkBovControlBiome Makers

Day 4

Corporate Innovation for Agriculture

Having seen and heard how digital is disrupting agriculture on days 1 to 3, on day 4 of our immersion program we challenge attendees to turn words into action. Participatory workshops with leading Silicon Valley experts on design thinkingdesign sprintsventure capital and open innovation provide executives with the blueprints and frameworks they need to execute on innovation within their own organization. We analyze how some of the world’s biggest agribusinesses are adapting to digital; we evaluate their interactions with the startup ecosystem and ask what can be learned from their attempts at innovation thus far. We visit some of the major tech companies such as GoogleAmazonand Oracle to see how they are already working with farmers and what plans they have to become more involved in the agtech space. Startup showcases offer participants the opportunity to gain first-hand experience at working with innovative entrepreneurs. Other possible participating companies: HarvestPortOsmo SystemsPastureMapAsilomar BioBoost BiomesAndes

Day 5

The Future of Agriculture

What’s next for the digital disruption of farming and agribusiness? Day 5 brings the program to a close with its sights firmly set on the future. We learn about the trends set emerge in the coming years and meet the companies looking to capitalize on those trends today. Possible visits include: TerraNovo, an investment firm focused on the transition from industrial/chemical agriculture to regenerative/organic agriculture; Block Systems,a startup collecting agricultural data and enhancing it with high-definition labels for smart farming; and Ztractoran autonomous electric tractor company. Will global food production rise fast enough to keep up with the world’s growing population? What will be the effects of changing climate conditions be on agriculture? We explore answers to these questions and look ahead to the areas of the agricultural industry next in line to be disrupted by emerging technologies. Other possible participating companies: Talad, ClearAgOnePointOneCattle CareCharm Industrial

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Why Should I Join?

Inspiration

Meet the Silicon Valley innovators passionate about using the latest technologies to create new value. Learn the frameworks and methodologies of the experts and embrace innovation with confidence.

Long-term value

Apply newly learned innovation skills to your own company to ensure its survival and prosperity in times of technological disruption.

Connections

Turn motivation and knowledge into concrete actions with the business development opportunities that make an established business a world-class innovator.   

Technology insights

See the disruptive power of the latest technologies and learn how they are being applied to solve humanity’s greatest challenges.

Education

Gain insight into the digital disruption of agriculture and see how startups are applying emerging technologies to transform the food production industry.

New perspectives

Challenge your thinking on what it means to run an enterprise in the 21st century. Make innovation part of your personal mission and commit to the future of your business.

What Companies Will I Meet?

Automate post-harvest grain monitoring, IoT sensors, software to optimize pricing, reduce spoilage and predict quality [Predictive Agtech]

Farmers Business Network connects farmers to share knowledge and gain trusted insights about their farms, inputs, and practices.

Solving important and large problems in Agriculture.

Granular is a software and analytics platform that helps farmers operate more efficiently and make better business decisions.

Ceres Imaging is a California-based aerial spectral imagery and analytics company that serves farmers and agribusinesses.

Biome Makers is specialized in microbiome understanding to provide comprehensive analysis for agricultural and industrial processes.

Andes helps growers sustainably increase their crop yields by designing novel seeds using natural microbes and AI.

Block Systems is collecting agricultural data, enhancing it with high-definition labels and selling it to companies doing smart farming.

Plenty is an agriculture technology company that develops plant sciences for crops to flourish in a pesticide- and GMO-free environment.

A fully automated indoor farming system, the first of its kind.

Video analytics for dairy farm operations

TerraNovo is an investment firm focused on encouraging the transition from industrial/chemical agriculture to regenerative/organic agriculture

SLANTRANGE’s founders spent the last decade developing airborne imaging and analytics systems for specialized military UAS intelligence

Asilomar Bio creates products that improve crop yield and water efficiency in farming.

HarvestPort is an innovation hub and marketplace for agricultural resources.

We use synthetic biology to make plants that are living sensors

Helping ranchers make profits building healthy grasslands

Utility-scale, IoT software company that empowers the global food supply chain

IntelinAir is an agriculture focused aerial imagery analytics company that delivers actionable intelligence to help farmers make decisions.

Fueled by an innovative drive and a deep understanding of the microbiome, Pivot Bio is pioneering game-changing advances in crop nutrition.

Crop One is a market leading technology platform for indoor growing.

Afresh is the Fresh-first supply chain company--uses cutting-edge A.I. to massively reduce food waste and increase profits.

Iron Ox develops robotic farms for better produce, everywhere.

Acopio offers tools and services to collect, manage, and share data along the agricultural value chain.

FarmBot is a design and engineer & hardware kits and software services.

Full Harvest is the first B2B marketplace for ugly and surplus produce.

Mavrx uses imagery and data to bring actionable insights to the global agriculture industry.

FarmWise builds smart and autonomous robots

Airlitix is a precision AgTech company specializing in autonomous, indoor, drone technology for greenhouse management.

TerrAvion provides high revisit rate aerial imagery for agriculture.

IronPlanet is an online marketplace for used heavy equipments.

Aquabyte builds machine learning camera IOT software to directly solve the world’s food sustainability issues

Series-D ag-tech company focused on sustainably producing vegetable oil and protein through the commercialization of pongamia trees.

WaterBit provides growers with highly granular, real-time and low cost sensing systems to improve crop quality.

Arcadia Biosciences is an agricultural technology company focused on developing products that benefit the environment and human health.

BovControl is orchestrating the digitization of the Livestock Industry, from farmers to grocery stores, passing through processors.

Technology to Bring Aquaculture into the 21st Century

Boost Biomes is developing microbial products to sustainably improve food production and shelf-life

Google is a multinational corporation that is specialized in internet-related services and products.

Amazon is an international e-commerce website for consumers, sellers, and content creators.

Oracle is an integrated cloud applications and platform services.

Autonomous Electric Tractor Company

Mobile Platform, Mobile App, Agritech, Farming

ClearAg is the platform combines weather and agronomic data with proprietary land-surface modeling.

Blue River Technology employs computer vision and robotics technologies to build intelligent solutions for the agricultural industries.

What Did Attendees Have To Say About The Program?

I am very thankful to SVIC for organizing this one-week event. It was very helpful to get to know VCs who are investing in new digital technologies, entrepreneurs who are is building these technologies and large companies that are already applying it.
Juan Clariond
Executive Chairman at Dimex Capital & Alis Foods, Mexico
We finished the full week of the financial immersion program here at SVIC. It was a great experience. We are facing digital transformation program in our company, so we were able to meet a lot of companies that are transforming their businesses in Silicon Valley in term of digitalization. I would recommend this kind of program to your company. It’s entirely new experience for us. Thank you SVIC for this opportunity.
Eduardo Perez Vallet
CHRO at Dimex Capital, Mexico
Thank you so much for an excellent program and successful immersion experience with SVIC. We were pleasantly surprised with what we were able to achieve and what we are going to achieve. The program was very well structured, and the choice of organizations from Silicon Valley was very well thought through. Thank you.
Nelson Gasparian
Commercial Director at Bexs Banco de Câmbio, Brazil

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