Who's driving America's food and agtech innovation?

May 26, 2016
The Sutter Club

The World Food Center is partnering with law and accounting firms Stoel Rives and Moss Adams to bring local business leaders together to share their perspectives on how to better connect the region's highway of innovation: from UC Davis science to Silicon Valley tech investment and Central Valley agriculture.

In 2015 alone, agtech investment nearly doubled to $2.9 billion. With UC Davis partnering on new agtech accelerators as far away as North Carolina, the opportunity to turn the Sacramento region into the nation's hub for food and agtech innovation is not to be missed. 

Keynote speakers from the AgFunder agtech marketplace and the Sonoma Brands food incubator will open the conversation for this evening event, followed by a panel discussion with leaders from local food innovation and agtech startups and time for attendees to share perspectives and network. This is a special invitation event only. 

Jon Sebastiani, founder of Krave Jerky and the Sonoma Brands food incubator, will share his thoughts on food innovation and growing a successful, branded food company, having sold Krave Jerky recently to Hershey's.

Melissa Tilney, co-founder of AgFunder, will speak to the current trends in financing food and agtech ventures, as well as the companies and sectors that are thriving and attracting VC and private equity financing.

Michael Tuohy, head chef for Legends and Sacramento Kings food, is a leader in supply-chain innovation and food creativity, changing the way entertainment venues envision and execute food delivery.

Eric Davidson, founder and CEO of Asilomar Bio, will speak to how to secure non-dillutive financing as an early-stage company and what resources agtech startups need to thrive.

Vincent Chun, vice president of Allied Minds, will investing in startups in cutting-edge food safety technology.

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