WE ARE GOING VIRTUAL THIS YEAR! Due to the ongoing public safety concerns, Seeds of Our Future this year will be moved to a 2-Day webinar session instead on August 25 and 26, 2020. If you have already purchased a ticket, please check your inbox for an email with more information. You can also contact us at info@siliconvalleyforum.com




August 25 & 26, 2020 | Via Zoom


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Agtech Startups in the Time of COVID-19

August 25, 2020 I 10:00 - 11:00 AM | Via Zoom


Using Technology to Build Resiliency in our Food Systems

August 26, 2020 I 10:00 - 11:00 AM | Via Zoom



Technology has undoubtedly reinvented agriculture in recent decades, greatly increasing the efficiency of farmland and allowing growers to provide food at a low cost to billions.

AgTech as we know it has revolutionized our food systems in recent decades; continued capital deployed to technologies for the farm – including utilizing AI, IoT, blockchain, robotics, and biological testing – is allowing growers around the world to optimize their resources.

Our food systems are changing rapidly as technologies are developed and deployed in all areas of the supply chain – literally from farm to fork. The challenges to our food systems continue to grow, however, as resource and environmental constraints create the continued need to innovate.

The role of agtech will only grow; Silicon Vally Forum is proud to be a supporter of his burgeoning sector by working with the entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, and growers who are dedicated to building better food systems.

Since 2015, Silicon Valley Forum has held our annual summer gathering, Seeds of our Future, as a part of our efforts to support those driving this sector forward.

While 2020 is providing challenges for all of those in the agriculture and agtech sectors, we are dedicated to continue supporting the work of technologists and growers around the world.

Webinar Agenda

For August 25th & 26th!

August 25, 2020 @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PST: Agtech Startups in the Time of COVID-19

The events of the past few months have turned the startup world on its head. As venture capitalists shift their efforts to supporting their portfolio companies during these challenging times, funds are signaling a pullback in funding and we have seen a significant decrease in valuations. The ability of agtech startups to weather the storm depends in part on grower’s willingness to continue investing in technology; given the restrictions in movement and social distancing guidelines, startups could also provide solutions to come of the largest challenges in our food systems today. How have agtech investors responded to current events? Where are startups thriving? How can agtech startups position themselves for the coming “new normal”?

August 26, 2020 @ 10:00 – 11:00 AM PST: Using Technology to Build Resiliency in our Food Systems

As spring gives way to summer, and summer eventually to fall, the agriculture machines of North America hum to life – but things are looking much different this growing season. The blow to our food systems is unclear – with the potential re-emergence of COVID-19 in the fall, the full impact cannot yet be measured. Some farmers, especially those producing staple crops, may see less of a disruption as many food producers at scale have already shifted to semi-automated systems. Others, including specialty crops that rely on human labor, may see a bigger shift. However, opportunities present themselves with these ongoing challenges; as growers implement new technologies to combat COVID-19, the pathway for permanent technology adoption exists. How are growers using technology to overcome new challenges? Which agtech sectors are experiencing the largest growth? Where do challenges still exist for growers? Join our experts for a roundtable discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on our food systems and ways in which technology can provide solutions.

Past Speakers and Presenters

2020 speakers announced soon!

Dennis Donohue

Dennis Donohue Director, Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology

Charles Baron

Charles Baron Co-Founder & VP, Farmer's Business Network, Inc.

Nick Sramek

Nick Sramek Director of International Relations, Silicon Valley Forum

Aaron Magenheim

Aaron Magenheim Founder, AgTech Insight

Alex Luce

Alex Luce Partner, Creative Ventures

Denyse Cardozo

Denyse Cardozo Executive Director, Silicon Valley Forum

Scott Sedgely

Scott Sedgely Vice Mayor, City of Napa

Rohini Banskota

Rohini Banskota Director of Policy, Finless Foods

B. David Vosburg

B. David Vosburg CFO & SVP Strategy, Crop One Holdings

Ryan Brantley

Ryan Brantley Director of Cultivation, Caliva

Paul Henderson

Paul Henderson CEO, Grupo Flor

Joe Gunter

Joe Gunter Mayor of Salinas

Karl Kerksiek

Karl Kerksiek VC, Finistere Ventures

Robert Morris

Robert Morris Founder and CEO, TerrAvion, Inc.

Omer Davidi

Omer Davidi Founder and CEO, BeeHero

Jamie Bacher

Jamie Bacher CoFounder and CEO, Boost Biomes

Bruce Borden

Bruce Borden COO, FarmX

Adrian Ferraro Fernandez

Adrian Ferraro Fernandez CoFounder and CEO, Biome Makers Inc.

Naeem Zafar

Naeem Zafar CoFounder and CEO, TeleSense

Morgan Paxhia

Morgan Paxhia Managing Director & Chief Investor, Poseidon Asset Managment

Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf Chief Scientist, Arable Labs Inc.

Will Drayton

Will Drayton Director Technical Viticulture & Research Winemaking, Treasury Wine Estates

Adam Reineck

Adam Reineck Global Design Director, IDEO.org

Luan Nio

Luan Nio Senior Partnerships Lead, IDEO.org

Deborah Magid

Deborah Magid Director, Software Strategies, IBM Ventures

Sebastian Boyer

Sebastian Boyer CoFounder & CEO, FarmWise

Mike Dodson

Mike Dodson CoFounder & CEO, Pago

Jill Brigham

Jill Brigham Executive Director, Smart farming & Sustainable Wine & Food Processing, UC Davis


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