g ABOUT INDOOR AG-CON
Indoor Ag-Con is the premier event covering the technology of growing crops in indoor systems, using hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic techniques. It’s two-day annual events are hosted in Las Vegas in the spring, and Singapore in the winter, and it has hosted one-day events in Philadelphia and New York in addition. Its events have welcomed participants from more than twenty countries, and have featured keynotes from leaders in farming, supplier, technology, customer, government and academic sectors. The events unite growers, investors, chefs, tech geeks, produce buyers, academics, policymakers, industry suppliers and advocates in lively discussions of the industry’s promise, issues and future across formal conference proceedings, practical mini workshops, exhibits, lunch table discussions, and unconferencing sessions.
Indoor Ag-Con is a brand name of Newbean Capital, a US-based registered investment adviser that also manages early stage venture capital mandates for the US Treasury and has a consulting practice in indoor agriculture that works primarily with multinationals and large institutional investors. Its founder – Nicola Kerslake – has a longstanding interest in agriculture investment, having previously covered agriculture stocks as a highly-rated equity analyst and managed investment portfolios that covered the sector for large institutional investors. She founded Indoor Ag-Con in early 2013 to provide a meeting place for those who are as intrigued as she is about the development of the indoor agriculture industry. In 2016, she founded an alternate finance business – Contain Inc – that works with indoor farmers and with lenders to provide lease finance and – through a relationship with an independent broker – insurance.
Some of the companies presenting, sponsoring and attending Indoor Ag-Con are, or may become, Newbean Capital clients, whether for investment management or for other projects. As sponsors of and participants in Indoor Ag-Con, they pay substantially the same rates as non-clients.
HOW WE’RE DIFFERENT
WE’RE CROP AGNOSTIC
At Indoor Ag-Con, we believe that the next great breakthrough is as likely to come from someone working with different crops as it is from someone in your own sand box. Our events provide a venue for those working with crops from leafy greens and mushrooms, to alternate proteins, to legal cannabis and other medicinal crops to meet and exchange ideas.
WE’RE TECH FOCUSED
We focus exclusively on the current and future technologies that drive the indoor agriculture industry, often sitting stealth-stage innovative startups alongside multinationals on our speaking panels. We’ve hosted myriad ‘firsts’ in indoor agriculture technology, such as, Freight Farm’s introduction of its FarmHand mobile app for remote control and management of its container farms.
We make contributions to the indoor agriculture industry that go well beyond our events. Our white papers provide one of the few reliable sources of information on the growing industry, and have been downloaded more than 10,000 times. We created the first ever indoor agriculture Kindle books and an indoor agriculture adult coloring book as well as numerous infographics.