AgriVest 2015 in the News

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AgriVest 2015 partners (left to right): Gideon Soesman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, GreenSoil Investments; Nitza Kardish, CEO, Trendlines Agtech; Oded Distel, Director of Invest in Israel at the Israeli Ministry of Economy.

More than 350 attendees joined entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts from around the world for the 3rd AgriVest Conference on April 27, 2015.

Organized by Trendlines Agtech, in partnership with GreenSoil Investments and Israel’s Ministry of Economy Israel New Tech, the one-day program took place at the Wix Auditorium on the Weizmann Institute campus. See full program details or download the event booklet and keynote presentation.

Here are excerpts from AgriVest news items.

Israeli Agritech Blossoms at 3rd AgriVest Conference in Israel

Editor’s note: This is the official announcement released on April 28, 2015.
Some of the most promising and innovative Israeli agritech startups pitched their technologies yesterday (April 27, 2015) at the third International AgriVest Conference held at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The conference is an initiative of Invest in Israel, the investment promotion center at the Israeli Ministry of Economy, the Trendlines Group and Trendlines Agtech, the only agritech-focused incubator in Israel, and GreenSoil Investments, the only agritech VC in Israel. Read the full announcement.

World needs tech — even GMO — to produce food, say advocates

By David Shamah, The Times of Israel (May 26, 2015)

There’s a dichotomy running through Western society today when it comes to eating food, and producing it. On the one hand, according to Rurik Halaby, CEO of New York-based AgriCapital — one of the largest merger-and-acquisition firms working in the agritech space — the world is producing more food, and better quality food, than ever before.
Halaby was speaking on the sidelines of the recent Agrivest conference. Held in Rehovot last month on the grounds of the Weizmann Institute, the conference featured close to a dozen Israeli agritech start-ups that have developed innovative agricultural technologies.

The conference was an initiative of Invest in Israel, the investment promotion center at the Israeli Ministry of Economy, along with the Trendlines Group and Trendlines Agtech, the only agritech-focused incubator in Israel; and GreenSoil Investments, the only agritech VC in Israel.

According to Steve Rhodes, chairman and CEO of the Trendlines Group, “Israeli agritech is on the map, with many exits in the last year and, I believe, many more on their way in the coming year. The global growth of investment in agritech 2014 reached a record-breaking $2.36 billion, which is testimony to positive trends in this sphere.” Read the full Times of Israel article.

Rebuffed by others, China, Israel turn towards each other

The Financial Times (May 19, 2015)
Editor’s note: Todd Dollinger, Chairman and CEO of The Trendlines Group, is quoted in this article. 

When Israel held its biggest agricultural technology conference, Agrivest, last month, one in 10 of the delegates who travelled to the central city of Rehovot to attend came from China. … Chinese companies are pushing deeper and further into Israel than ever before, and Israeli firms and government officials are returning the embrace. … “We are great inventors and brilliant at developing things,” says Mr Todd Dollinger of Trendlines, a technology investment company that organised Agrivest. “But our production capabilities are nowhere near the ability of China, and we are very far from major markets — we are effectively an island, and we do best when we partner.” See more.

It’s Kosher: Israel embraces Chinese investment

EJInsight (May 15, 2015)
It may not be true that China is eating more cheese these days, but if nothing else, its corporate hunger for Israel’s dairy companies is proof mainland investors want more of them.

Which perhaps explains why one in 10 of the delegates to Agrivest, an agricultural technology conference held recently in the Israeli city of Rehovot, came from China.
“We are great inventors and brilliant at developing things,” said Todd Dollinger of Trendlines, a technology investment company that organised AgriVest.

“But our production capabilities are nowhere near the ability of China, and we are very far from major markets — we are effectively an island, and we do best when we partner.” Read the full article on EJInsight.

Technology Offers Solutions to Tomorrow’s Agricultural Problems

By Robert Swift, The Media Line (May 7, 2015)
Editor’s note: This article was reprinted on (“Israel’s technology offers solutions to future agricultural problems”) and Israel and Stuff (“A score of Israeli technologies offers pragmatic solutions for future agricultural problems”).
In recent years, due to the over usage of soils there are more problems with insects and diseases.  At the same time, there is increased regulation on the usage of chemicals,” Yuval Fradkin, the head of Futura Graft told The Media Line. “(Modern) requirements lead to a point where you ask the plant to be some kind of super plant.  On the one hand you ask it to provide the needs of the farmer and the market.  At the same time you ask the plant to fight all the other problems in order to grow.”

Futura Graft were one of twelve companies speaking at a recent conference called Agrivest, offering new technologies for agriculture. Read the full article on The Media Line.

I Visited AgriVest 2015, and I Met a Robot

By Yanon Roychman, Calcalist (May 5, 2015)
The intersection between technology and agriculture is where some of the most impressive inventions the Start-Up Nation has to offer. Our correspondent visited the exhibition AgriVest, and met with entrepreneur-farmer Yuval Fradkin, who developed a robot that performs one of the most delicate jobs in agriculture. Read the full article on Calcalist (Hebrew).

Israeli Food Tech Startup To Make Sugar Twice as Sweet

By Zack Pyzer, Tazpit News Agency on algemeiner (May 4, 2015)
Israeli greentech startup DouxMatok believes that they will revolutionize how manufacturers and consumers worldwide use sugar. … [The] company won Best Company at the Agrivest 2015 event, last week. Agrivest, a yearly conference organized by Israel’s Ministry of Economy, Trendlines Agtech, and GreenSoil Investments, took place at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Read the article on Algemiener.

Is a world hunger crisis inevitable?

By Laura Herschlag, Times of Israel blog (May 3, 2015)
Quietly and behind the scenes, a handful of brilliant entrepreneurs are pioneering technologies that are poised to revolutionize the world’s agricultural and nutrition industries. I met some of these companies at the Agrivest conference held the day prior to Agritech. The conference was organized by Trendlines Agtech, one of Israel’s leading tech incubators, in partnership with Greensoil Investments and the Israeli Ministry of Economy. Over 350 attendees heard from experts on a wide range of topics impacting the future of the food industry. A recurring theme was the need for all players to collaborate on a large scale, particularly in light of the almost total absence of venture funding in food tech. Read the full Times of Israel blog post.

Agritech at the Weizmann Institute

(April 30, 2015)
AgriVest was held this week at the Weizmann Institute. Start-up companies presented developments in the field of agritechnology. The conference is a meeting place for start-ups and investors from Israel and abroad to encourage collaboration. Read the full article on the Organization Field Crop Employees (Hebrew).

DouxMatok, BioFishency Take Top Spots at AgriVest 2015

By Viva Sarah Press, Israel 21c (April 29, 2015)
DouxMatok is this year’s winner of the third international AgriVest conference, an initiative of Invest in Israel, the investment promotion center at the Israeli Ministry of Economy, the Trendlines Group and Trendlines Agtech and GreenSoil Investments.

DouxMatok, the company that created technologies to make sugar sweeter and reduce the amount of sugar required in foods, was chosen by an international industry panel as this year’s outstanding startup. The company … won the AgriVest 2015 Best Company award and received $5,000 in consulting services from Ernst&Young and the opportunity to present and attend the upcoming Pioneers Conference in Vienna, Austria. BioFishency, developers of effective water treatment systems for land-based aquaculture, took second place and will also present at the Pioneers Conference.
“In recent years the global challenges of supplying food for a growing population are getting worse, and demand is on the rise. Agricultural technology presents the infrastructure for resolving the very serious issue of world hunger. Israel can and needs to present the world with solutions, including innovative developments which fulfill the future needs of global agricultural markets. We have the tools, the knowledge and the ability to lead development of technological research in agriculture, and to realize the possibilities of this field as a successful export industry,” said Dr. Nitza Kardish, CEO of Trendlines Agtech. Read the full article on Israel 21c.

AgMaina in the Land of Milk and Honey

By Daniel Hood, Green Prophet (April 28, 2015)
Steve Rhodes, the CEO and co-founder of the Trendlines Group, opened this year’s Agrivest conference in Israel showing some interesting trends. Last year 2014 saw a steady increase to $2.36 billion in investments across 264 financing deals citing Rob Leclerc, CEO of US based Agfunder, from precision agriculture, to biotech, to drones.
Collaboration was the theme at the 3rd AgriVest showcase conference held at the prestigious Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The premier annual agtech investment event of the season, launched by the Trendlines Agtech team under the leadership of CEO Nitza Kardish, rapidly positioning as the Queen of Agtech. Read the full Green Prophet article.

Agritech Startups Showcase Technologies at AgriVest Conference

By Hana Levi Julian, The Jewish (April 28, 2015)
AgriTech startups feature new crops, treatments, waste reduction and yield enhancement at Israel’s AgriVest conference.

 Some of the most promising and innovative Israeli agritech startups pitched their technologies yesterday (April 27) at the third International AgriVest Conference held at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

In her opening remarks, Dr. Nitza Kardish, CEO of Trendlines Agtech called the AgriVest conference “a unique platform for Israeli startups and entrepreneurs to meet with investors and key people in the global agricultural industry.” Kardish said the gathering provided a place to “reveal the potential of investing in innovative developments.” Read the full article on The Jewish

Agritech Firms Must Work Together To Overcome Innovative Challenges of the Future, Experts Say

By Sharon Udasin, Jerusalem Post (April 27, 2015)
“A lot of drivers force us to change – climate change, growing population,” said Oded Distel, director of Israel NewTech.

Distel was addressing participants in the third AgriVest Conference, during which panelists focused on agricultural technology and investment needs for the future, placing a particular emphasis on the sector’s rapidly changing environment and resultant needs for cooperative advancement. Such progress can pose a variety of impediments due to escalating costs, patent ambiguities and increasing demands, but behooves stakeholders to think collaboratively, experts agreed.
Held at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, AgriVest was organized by the agricultural technologies investment firm Trendlines Agtech, in collaboration with GreenSoil Investments and the Economy Ministry’s Israel NewTech. Some 350 people attended the conference from around the world, on the day prior to Israel’s annual AgriTech Exhibition … . Read the full article on The Jerusalem Post.

 St. Louis Delegation Cultivates Israel Agro-Tech

By Tom Glaser, Times of Israel blog (April 26, 2015)
Business, science, and economic development leaders from St. Louis, Missouri, are back in Israel this week to participate in an important industry conference and trade show while meeting with a select group of companies and research institutes.
A top event for the group is Monday’s AgriVest conference in Rehovot organized by Trendlines. Wiegelmann and Fiorello are program speakers, and the St. Louis team has selected several of the 14 presenting Israeli companies for meetings. According to Steve Rhodes, Chairman and CEO of The Trendlines Group, “St. Louis occupies a central place in the U.S. agritech ecosystem, and BioSTL and the Danforth Center are key components of that ecosystem. We are very excited to have the delegation participate in AgriVest – our cooperation with them extends for several years now, and we look forward to deepening the relationship and building an active partnership with them.” Read the full Times of Israel blog post.

Israeli Ambassador Advises Smallholder Farms

By B&FT, Ghana Web (March 11, 2015)
The Israeli ambassador to Ghana, Sharon Bar-li, has urged smallholder farmers/entrepreneurs to take advantage of the upcoming Agrictech international exhibition conference in Israel slated for April 28-30 this year in order to be exposed to innovations and learn from Israeli high-tech agricultural practices.
[Agritech] also features AgriVest, an investors’ conference co-organised by Israel NewTech, the Investment Promotion Centre of the Israeli Economy Ministry, and Trendlines Agtech Accelerator in association with Agritech 2015. Read the full Ghana Web article.

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