AgriVest 2015

AgriVest 2015 Wrap-Up

More than 350 attendees joined entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts from around the world for the 3rd AgriVest Conference on April 27 at the Wix Auditorium on the Weizmann Institute campus. Organized by Trendlines Agtech, in partnership with GreenSoil Investments and Israel New Tech of Israel’s Ministry of Economy, the one-day event featured —

  • panels with international agritech experts and investors,
  • presentations by 12 competitively chosen young Israeli agritech companies (DouxMatok took the Best Company AgriVest 2015 award; BioFishency was the second-place winner), and

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  • a keynote address by Pamela Marrone (Marrone Bio Innovations) on lessons she learned when taking an agritech business from start-up to IPO.

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10:30 a.m. Registration and light refreshments
11:00 Welcome and opening remarks
11:30 Panel: Profiling Tomorrow’s Ag Solutions
Moderator: Eyal Lipetz-Eliassi, DuPont | Sam Fiorello, Danforth Plant Science Center and Bio-Research & Development Growth Park | Ofer Haviv, Evogene | Pam Marrone, Marrone Bio Innovations | Barry J. Schindler, GreenbergTraurig | Alexander Wiegelmann, KWS SAAT | See the panelist bios (PDF).
12:30 p.m. Rootility, AgriVest 2013 winning company
12:40 Company presentations (Groundwork BioAg, CropX, Valentis, Ecofer)
1:10 Networking and light lunch
2:10 Keynote address:  “From Start-up to IPO: Lessons Learned by a Serial Entrepreneur” by Pam Marrone, CEO and Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations
2:50 Company presentations (DouxMatok, Virentes, Phenome, BioFishency)
3:40 Networking break
4:10 Company presentations (EQUInom, Saturas, VIBE, Hinoman)
4:40 Panel: Exploring Key Drivers in Agritech Investment
Moderator: Gideon Soesman, GreenSoil Investments | Adam Anders, Anterra Capital | Dror Berman, Innovation Endeavors | Arama Kukutai, Finistere Ventures | Michael Lee, Syngenta Ventures | Jinesh Shah, Omnivore Partners | See the panelist bios (PDF).
5:40 Closing remarks; announcement of winning company: Oded Distel, Director, Invest in Israel, Ministry of Economy, and Nitza Kardish, CEO, Trendlines Agtech
6:00 Cocktail dinner

12 Presenting Companies

See company descriptions (PDF).

BioFishency Water treatment system for aquaculture CropX Ag analytics: Grow more crop with less water DouxMatok “Sweeter” sugar for reduced sugar use Ecofer Fertigation Convert soluble dry fertilizers into liquid solutions
EQUInom Novel seed-breeding technology Virentes Advanced plant-grafting technologies Groundwork BioAg Fungi for mainstream agriculture Hinoman Proprietary, protein-rich vegetable
Phenome Networks Collaborative software for managing plant-breeding data Saturas Miniature stem water potential sensors Valentis Nanotech Advanced coatings and compounds VIBE Technologies Computer-vision-based QA software for agricultural commodities

Keynote Speaker: Pamela Marrone

Pamela Marrone is the CEO and founder of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI), a company with over 110 employees she started in 2006 to discover and develop bio-based products for pest management and plant health (Nasdaq: MBII). The company’s award-winning Regalia® biofungicide and award-winning Grandevo® bioinsecticide are rapidly being adopted in the fruit, nut, vegetable, and row crop markets in the United States and internationally. MBI has also launched Zequanox® for invasive zebra and quagga mussels. Its EPA-approved Venerate™ bioinsecticide was launched into the U.S. fruit and vegetable market in 2014. The company has screened 18,000 microbes and has a pipeline of bioherbicide, fungicide, and nematicide candidates in development. Pam holds a Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University and a B.Sc. (with honors and distinction) in entomology from Cornell University.


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