Forbes and SVG Partners Hosting AgTech Summit in Salinas

Thu. September 25th, 2014
- by Andrew McDaniel     

SALINAS, CA – Forbes and SVG Partners along with The Steinbeck Innocation Cluster will be hosting the “Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit” in Salinas Valley, California in July 2015.

The invitation-only event will bring together several hundred of the best minds in Silicon Valley and global agriculture in the Salinas Valley to address some of the world’s most critical challenges from biotech and precision farming to big data’s role in feeding a planet of eight billion people, according to a press release.

To request an invitation, e-mail [email protected]. In your invitation request, you will also need to include a 150-word bio as well as the following information: Name, Title, Company, Phone Number.

"This summit is a fantastic opportunity for the AgTech community to discuss real solutions in accelerating new technologies and capabilities in farming,” said Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Taylor Farms.

Mike Federle, Forbes Media Chief Operating Officer, said, “By leveraging the power of the Forbes brand to convene influential thought leaders, we’re excited to expand the ‘Forbes Reinventing America Summit’ series with the AgTech Summit next year.”

“The goal of the AgTech Summit is to find innovative solutions to some of the world’s most critical farming challenges, and there’s no better place for this event than in the Salinas Valley, where tech entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and experts from the global hub of agriculture intersect,” Federle added.

Forbes magazine’s Reinventing America series has been covering innovation and disruption that has been taking place across America’s industrial heartland for the past three years.  After the success of the inaugural “Forbes Reinventing America Summit” in Chicago, this AgTech Summit will be part of a series of summits taking place next year.

"We are delighted to partner with Forbes to create a global agriculture and technology summit that’s focused on twenty-first-century challenges and opportunities related to food, water, energy and innovation in sustainability,” said John Hartnett, CEO of SVG Partners.

“Forbes Reinventing America: The AgTech Summit” will also feature award winners from the Thrive Accelerator program formed by SVG Partners. The Thrive Accelerator is a highly selective, mentorship and investment program for technology-enabled startups in the Precision Agriculture space.