What Is Each Stage Of Financing?
How Does Financing Change As You Grow?
Can You "Skip The Line"?
Get All The Answers During These 2 Days!
Farm Tech Society & Brad McNamara have brought together indoor farming entrepreneurs & investors including Artemis, Beta Hatch, Rabobank, Barclays, Equilibrium, Ceres Partners, Infinite Acres, Red Dog Capital, BayWa, AccelR8, Ara Partners,and others. They'll share key insights on the nuances of indoor ag financing across all stages. Don't miss it!
PROGRAM WILL BE RECORDED & REGISTRANTS CAN ACCESS ON DEMAND AFTER THE EVENT, TOOTwo DaysOne Low Price - Just $49 !
The goal of these 2 days is to provide a shared context for Indoor Ag stakeholders to engage with panelists for an in-depth look & real-life examples covering financing across all stages during 6 in-depth panel discussions.
Day 1 - Seed To Series B
Host Brad McNamara brings together successful entrepreneurs and investors to share first-hand accounts of each round to 'pull back the curtain' on funding an idea & creating an invest-ment grade business in CEA
Day 2 - Crossing the Chasm: Investing in CEA at Scale
Host FarmTech Society will focus on the maturing of the industry as CEA 'crosses the chasm' into mainstream adoption.
Speaker Roster - Entrepreneurs & Investors
Our speaker roster includes CEOs of successful CEA operations, Investors, industry experts and others. Each bringing first-hand accounts & practical solutions to the audience.
We'll take a few minutes to provide a brief overview of the 2-day program, outlining the format and sessions. The objective for these two days is to provide a definition and shared context for stakeholders in Indoor Agriculture to engage with panelists and discuss the nuances of financing across the various stages.
On Day 1, host Brad McNamara will push for first-hand accounts of each round to pull back the curtain on what it takes to fund an idea and create an investment grade business in CEA.
Each fundraise stage is as much a capital event as it is a milestone for the business. There are not hard and fast rules that say you need to raise multiple rounds of VC. It's important to think about and understand the unique nature of CEA and what types of investors and capital work.
We will use a first-hand account from Allison Kopf, CEO , Artemis, the market leading enterprise Cultivation Management Platform (CMP), and Frank Pica and Sarah Sanders, Co-Founders of Native,a platform using A.I. to understand consumer preferences, to unpack/answer questions about the seed stage in CEA. During the discussion, Allison will use her perspective as a founder & current seed investor to discuss the evolution of seed in general and CEA.
Moderator, Brad McNamara
Allison Kopf, Founder & CEO, Artemis
Frank Pica, Co-Founder & CEO, Native
Sarah Sanders, Co-Founder & COO, Native
Topics that will be covered include:
--What is “seed” today
--How do investors find (source) investments
--What do investors expect(metrics) at seed – both CEA-specific and in general
During this session, we'll use a first-hand account from the CEO/Founder of a leading insect company and her investor to explore the A stage in CEA. Our speaker will discuss the need to fund 'infrastructure' as a farmer -- the pitfalls, expectations and how she navigates the journey.
Virginia Emery, CEO & Founder, Beta Hatch
Louis Kang, Managing Director, AccelR8
Topics to be covered include:
--What investors expect (metrics) at series A -- CEA-specific and in general
--How expectations change after A
--With a farm built, producing and growing, how to think about additional capital
--How this influences the investment/investors she targets
Given the nature of Series B stage on the cusp of early stage & growth depending on the situation, we will talk through first-hand accounts of the process, expectations, playbook to raise a series B round, and how that influences your options in the future.
Phil Beauregard, Serial Entrepreneur & Active Angel Investor
Paul Jordan, Vice President, Activate Capital
Topics to be covered:
--The biggest difference between A to B
--What investors expect (metrics) at B -- CEA -specific and in general
--How much founders need to think about additional capital/investors when raising a B
We'll bring everyone together for a final round of questions and answers with our panelists and moderators.
Scroll back up this page to click the June 9 tab to see the full schedule of panel discussions for for day 2 -- ``Crossing the Chasm``
2 DAYS. 1 LOW PRICE. $49
Don't miss the chance to hear from successful entrepreneurs, investors and others who will give you a crystal clear roadmap to build your own CEA funding strategy-- from seed to scale.
2020 was a big year for Controlled Environment Agriculture -- and the next two years are likely to see unprecedented growth and change in the sector. Day 2 of our Indoor Ag-Conversations 'Seed to Scale' event, hosted by FarmTech Society, will focus on the maturing of the industry as CEA 'crosses the chasm' into mainstream adoption.
FarmTech Society leadership will moderate three panel discussions focused on the realities of profitability and scale in different CEA operations, reporting on current trends and innovations in finance and investment for the CEA industry, as well as forecasting on emerging opportunities and funding strategies for companies and new commercial projects.
Where do we stand today on the risk profile and proof of scalability in CEA operations? What are the most critical decision factors for investors and the public in embracing CEA? Where will we see the most growth in 2021 and beyond?
Moderated by Tisha Livingston, CEO, Infinite Acres and Vice Chair, FarmTech Society .
Manoj Sahoo,Operating Partner, Ara Partners
Cindy van Rijswick, Global Produce Expert, Rabobank
Andrew Howell,Vice President, Sustainable Food & Agriculture, Ceres Partners
Trends in financing --separating asset classes, intrastructure and growth funds, SPACs , and new real estate investment strategies. What can we learn from 2020's record-breaking investments into upstream agriculture, CEA and Novel Farming operations?
Moderated by Jed Lynch, Head of Americas, Sustainable & Impact Banking, Barclays Investment Bank
David Chen, CEO, Equilibrium
Whitney Harings-Smith, Managing Partner, Anzu Partners
Lodewijk Kleijn, Partner, Horizon11
A discussion on emerging opportunities for investing in large-scale CEA projects, and on connecting agri-tech to energy policy, economic recovery, and climate. How does CEA position for greater scale as Environmental, Social, and Governance metrics (ESG) become essential to investor decisions?
Moderator: Ian Kanski, Board Chair, FarmTech Society
Eli Aheto, Private Equity Investor
Salah Brahimi, President & CEO, Grey Matter, LLC
Georg Czerny, General Manager, Middle East, BayWa Global Produce
We'll gather the day's panelists together for a final round of Q & A
2 Days. 1 Low Price. $49
Don't miss the chance to hear from successful entrepreneurs, investors and others who will give you a crystal clear roadmap to building your own successful CEA funding strategy-- from seed to scale.