The agriculture and food industries are estimated by the FAO to comprise 10% of global GDP — making them the largest industries in the world. Concerns over food production and distribution relating to global climate change, land-use change, emerging health issues, and a growing population are driving innovation like never before. Last year, venture capital invested $4.6 B into the category, an almost 100% increase in investment year-over-year.
Much of that investment has occurred right here in California — the most productive agricultural production region in the US, and the 5th largest agricultural producer in the world. However, with limited secondary markets and a lacking precedent for public offerings, what will become of all of these venture investments? What are the real problems and thus real solutions that the industry presents, and how can corporations and the venture ecosystem effectively get involved and drive sustainable food production into the future?
Thursday, March 31, 2016
|REGISTRATION / NETWORKING:||5:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.|
|PROGRAM:||6:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.|
|NETWORKING:||8:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.|
$15: Early Bird Discount for first 30 registrations by March 15 (11PM)
$20: Regular Registration by Sunday, March 27 (11 PM)
$35: Late Registration by Wednesday, March 29 (Noon)
$50: Walk-ins (Seats are limited and may not be available)
Food, including sushi and beverages, will be served.