Adrian Percy is the former head of R&D at Bayer, recently stepping down and becoming the company’s technology ambassador. Ahead of his speaking slot at World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in London next week, we caught up with Percy to find out more about the role and his views on the development of the agritech startup market.
The cannabis industry has become a major headliner in recent news with the dramatic increase in the share price of cannabis companies with commentators asking if the industry is heading for a dot.com bubble style burst.
"Trying to be the "new Monsanto" or the "Amazon of Ag" does not work; copying what others have already done is not generally a recipe for disruption," argues Federico Trucco, CEO of Argentine agtech business Bioceres.
"Always prioritize building a great team and bringing on great partners," say Maximiliano Landrein and Alejandro Larosa, founders of the online agribusiness marketplace. "This is a long race and to have the right people on board is vital."
The government of President Mauricio Macri, who took office in 2015, is working hard to open up its markets and attract investment from overseas and the agriculture and venture capital industries are a key part of that policy.
We caught up with former Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb to find out what the view of the food tech gold rush of recent years looked like from the grocery floor and what's on his mind as he shifts from CEO to advisor and investor.
We caught up with Curtis Garner from Bowles Farming, who has been assessing the way the business purchases its inputs in the hope of saving costs, to find what he thinks about all the agribusiness marketplace startups cropping up.
We caught up with Eri Hayashi, director of International Relations & Consulting of the Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA), a non-profit organization devoted to academic and business advancements in Japan's indoor ag industry.
The 2018 competition (The TFF Challenge) will close applications on May 4 after which 10 finalist teams will be selected from thousands of entries from around the world to compete for the chance to win up to $25,000 in cash grants and a trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the TFF Summit.
We caught up with Carlos Kokron, vice president and managing director at Qualcomm Ventures to find out how the corporate VC manages such an international portfolio of investments and where it's looking next for growth.
Amos Peterson is founder and CEO of FarrPro. After realizing that keeping piglets warm is an essential and challenging issue in hog rearing, Peterson, who grew up inventing ways to get out of chores on his family farm in Iowa, invented technology to better manage the heating of farrowing crates for the hog industry.
We caught up with Joy Basu ahead of the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit, to discuss how she approaches impact investing in agriculture at The Rise Fund and how agtech can fit into an impact investing thesis.