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F&A Next Virtual 2021: Impact of Innovation

May 26 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm


F&A Next invites investors, entrepreneurs and experts to address the next challenges of our sector on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 at the 6th annual F&A Next Summit. Aside from offering you the opportunity to virtually meet and greet with all participants, we look forward to showcasing the next scaling food and agtech companies and moderating interesting debates between our distinguished panelist.

The Impact of Innovation
Food & Ag Innovation only started around 2014 and has definitely gained momentum ever since. In 2020 investments in global food and agtech have risen, irrespective of Covid-19 influences. The pandemic did, however, trigger changes in consumer behavior. Has ‘life as we know it’ irrevocably changed? And what about the much-needed innovation earlier in the value chain? At F&A Next, Rob Leclerc, founding Partner of Agfunder and Nicholas Fereday, Executive Director Food & Agribusiness at Rabobank, will compare notes.

Chasing proteins: will plants replace the animals?
Each generation consumes more proteins than the one before. Will overall global meat consumption continue to grow or will conventional meat eventually be reduced to a small minority thanks to plant-based animal alternatives and cultured meat?

Convergence of Food, Ag and Tech?
After pushing agricultural output to the max for decades, we must now dramatically reduce the environmental impact of food production for sustainably meeting the needs of a growing population. How will digitization and tech come to the rescue?

Targeting Zero Carbon
Agriculture’s ‘foodprint’ in greenhouse gas emission is significant. Soil carbon sequestration, removing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil carbon pool, can have significant potential. At the same time, there are many unknowns including what would be the most effective practices to store CO2.

Why can only a few scale an early-stage business?
Successfully scaling an early-stage business is challenging. But why does only a very small group of startups manage to disrupt the agrifood sector and create the envisaged impact? Is it about conservatism of the industry, regulation, access to capital or…?

Next Heroes in Food & Agtech
Showcasing the range of agrifoodtech innovators who toiled away in spite of the pandemic (and even started their businesses amid a global lockdown), eight startups will present their products and ideas. Their solutions, which address food waste, remote sensing, new sources of nutrients and proteins, and more, exemplify the creativity and ingenuity that has global investors eager to place their bets on the agrifoodtech sector at large.

Agfunder is partner of F&A Next. Apply the code AFN-FaNext21 to get 25% discount off the regular ticket prize.


May 26
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Anterra Capital
Wageningen University & Research
Foodvalley NL


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