Fifth AgriVest conference mainstreams Israeli agrifood tech
AgriVest 2018, an initiative of The Trendlines Group (SGX: 42T; OTCQX: TRNLY), GreenSoil Investments,and Israel NewTech of the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry, took place in Tel Aviv on 8 May 2018. AgriVest is recognized by industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and academics as the forum to discuss the challenges facing the sector as well as build global partnerships and collaborations.
Hundreds of industry players, investors, entrepreneurs, and academics gathered in Tel Aviv for the 5th AgriVest conference on 8 May 2018. Highlighting the event, the Best Israeli Agtech Company competition and keynote address by Prof. Louise O. Fresco, president of Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
According to AgFunder, global agriculture and food technology start-ups received a record $10.1 billion in investments last year, up 29% from 2016. This year’s AgriVest comes on the heels of these tremendous changes – and successes – in the sector.
Opening the fifth AgriVest conference, Nitza Kardish, PhD, CEO Trendlines Incubators Israel, remarked, “The agrifood tech sector has transformed over the years; perhaps its most salient characteristic is that it is now an interdisciplinary hub, bringing together science and technologies from every area possible.”
“We structured the AgriVest 2018 agenda,” she continued, “to address many inspiring advances from different approaches and to understand their potential role in opening new horizons and shaping the future of the ecosystem.”
The agrifood tech sector has transformed over the years; perhaps its most salient characteristic is that it is now an interdisciplinary hub, bringing together science and technologies from every area possible.
— Nitza Kardish, PhD
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A highlight of the conference remains the Best Israeli Agtech Company Competition. The 11 Israeli agtech start-ups were selected by an independent committee from more than 40 companies that applied. The AgriVest audience, together with panels of expert judges, selected the winning company: WeedOUT. Efrat Lidor Nili, co-CEO of WeedOUT, presented the company’s novel biological herbicide to fight off resistant weeds. The winning company will be a guest of Business France and AER at the Learning Expedition program in Paris and Dijon, France, 11-15 June 2018, and receive one round-trip airline ticket (Tel Aviv-Paris-Tel Aviv).
Second prize was awarded to AquiNovo. Company CEO Nissim Chen presented the AquiNovo’s technology: growth enhancers for farmed fish to meet the increasing demand for fish protein. The second place winner receives an admission ticket to the Business France and AER Learning Expedition program in Paris and Dijon, France, 11-15 June 2018. See all the company presentations.
Gideon Soesman, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, GreenSoil Investments, remarked, “In 2012, the first AgriVest conference hosted about 100 people and the agtech start-ups were few and far between. Now there are about 800 Israeli agtech start-ups and the agrifood tech sector has been firmly placed on the international map.”
The conference included distinguished international speakers and guests: Keynote speaker Professor Louise O. Fresco, President of Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands; Aharon Aharon, CEO of the Israel Innovation Authority; Ran Maidan, President and CEO of Netafim; and Professor David Harel of the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Professional interviews and panels covered topics such as “Blockchain in the agtech food chain” (Mitchell Presser, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Sumer Johal, Agralogics) and “How robotics and automation will forever change the future of agriculture” (George Kellerman, Yamaha Motor Ventures, with Dan Harburg, Anterra Capital, and Steven Saunders, Robotics Plus). Gideon Soesman of GreenSoil Investments moderated a panel discussion on “Investments in growth opportunities in agtech.”
Oded Distel, Founder and Director of Israel NewTech, noted, “People in ag are not just in it for the business. They are motivated by something more – a mission – making the world a better place (in Hebrew, tikkun olam – the concept of repairing or perfecting the world).”
AgriVest in the media
- New Ag International June/July 2018: (Potassium Nitrade Association): WeedOut wins the Agrivest 2018 competition
- AgFunder News: Agrivest 2018: ‘It’s Unbelievable We Still Measure Agricultural Productivity by Land, Not Water Use’
- Israel21c: Hundreds from 30 nations explore Israeli agtech innovation
- No Camels: Israel’s Largest FoodTech, AgriTech Events Open In Tel Aviv This Week
- Jewish News Syndicate: ‘Tech-un Olam’: Growing business ties between Israel and ‘Silicon Prairie’
- No Camels: Israel Boasts Some 750 Startups In Food, AgriTech Sectors
- Globes: Hebrew University’s Yissum launches ag-tech accelerator
- Israel Valley: Yissum Technology Transfer (Israël) lance un accélérateur ag-tech
- Calcalist: Plant Breeding Startup Rootility Raises $10 Million
- Calcalist: Drip-Irrigation Pioneer Netafim Unveils Automated Irrigation System
Partners: IATI, Israel Innovation Authority, Start-Up Nation Central
Sponsors: Shibolet & Co, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Greenberg Traurig, Monsanto, Netafim, Yissum and AgrInnovation, BASF, Bayer, Bits & Bites, Business France, Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, Evogene, Finistere Ventures, Germin8 Ventures, Geyra Gassner Kesten, Kincannon Reed, PeakBridge Partners, Technion Technology Transfer, Unigrains, Yeda Research and Development
Media partners: AgFunder, AgroTrip Israel, AgTech Nexus, World-Agri-Tech Innovation Summit
Efrat Lidor Nili (center), co-CEO of WeedOUT, accepts the prize for Best Israeli Agtech Company from guest presenter Ofer Ben-Yehuda and AgriVest organizers Oded Distel (Israel NewTech), Nitza Kardish (The Trendlines Group), Gideon Soesman (GreenSoil Investments), and Steve Rhodes (The Trendlines Group).
AgriVest 2018 2nd place winner AquiNovo CEO Nissim Chen (2nd from left) joins AgriVest organizers Oded Distel, Nitza Kardish, Gideon Soesman, Steve Rhodes, and guest presenter Ofer Ben-Yehuda.
Organizers (l to r): Trendlines Chairmen & CEOs Steve Rhodes and Todd Dollinger, CEO Trendlines Incubators Israel Nitza Kardish, and GreenSoil Founder Gideon Soesman.
CEO Trendlines Incubators Israel Nitza Kardish opens AgriVest 2018 on 8 May 2018 at Trask in the Tel Aviv Port.
AgriVest 2018 keynote speaker Prof. Louise O. Fresco delivers her address on the transition to sustainable agrifood tech.
Freshfields’ Mitchell Presser asks the audience, “Can you spell blockchain?” to open his interview with Agralogics’ Summer S. Johal.
Lunch time at AgriVest 2018.
Some of the 300 pre-scheduled meetings get underway at AgriVest 2018.
Robotics panel: Anterra’s Dan Harburg (l) makes a point as moderator George Kellerman of Yamaha Motor Ventures and Steves Saunders of Robotics Plus look on.
Judges conferring after a 5-minute company presentation.