Seeds of Our Future:

The Flight of the Honeybees

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AgTech Enthusiasts, This One is For You!

Globally, honeybees are the largest pollinator of food crops- and innovations in AI, robotics, sensors and data are being leveraged to address the important issue of the declining bee population.

This year, in advance of World Honeybee Day, we will bring together industry players, and the AgTech community from across the globe for a 2-Day Virtual Conference on August 18 & 19th to share their insight on the honeybee’s role in crop pollination, food sustainability from farm to table, biodiversity and our environment, regenerative agriculture, and the latest AgTech investments and technology being deployed across the globe.

We will also host a pitch competition, bringing in startups from around the world whose disruptive technologies will help shape the future of our crops and our honeybees.


Wednesday, August 18 | 8:30 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. (all virtual)

Thursday, August 19 | 9:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. (all virtual)


Conference Agenda

Wednesday, August 18 | 8:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Thursday, August 19 | 9:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Conference Agenda

DAY 1: August 18

8:30 AM - 8:35 AM PST

Opening Remarks: Denyse Cardozo, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Forum

8:35 AM - 8:45 AM PST

Welcoming Remarks: Dennis Donohue, Director, Western Growers Center for Innovation

8:45AM - 9:20AM PST

Panel Discussion: AgTech Investment Insights Across the Globe
From bee technology to crop innovation and food tech, our panel will discuss the current investment trends, exit environment, and their predictions for the future.
  • Speaker: Derek Norman, Leaps by Bayer
  • Speaker: Nicky Deasy, Yield Labs
  • Speaker: Seana Day, Culterra Capital
  • Speaker: Antonio Moreira Salles, Mandi Ventures
  • Moderator: Aaron Magenheim, Ag Tech Insight

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM PST

Catch the Buzz: Afternoon Keynote Speaker:

Apiculture is in transition: IoT will help drive the transformation

  • Speaker: Richard E.L. (Dick) Rogers, MSc, Bayer U.S. LLC

9:40 AM - 9:45 AM PST


Emcee Intro & how this session goes down!

9:45 AM - 9:50 AM PST

Judge Intros:
Judge #1: Dan Ripma, S2G Ventures
Judge #2: Deborah Magid, IBM Ventures

9:50 AM - 10:50 AM PST


Bee & Honey Technology

  • MeliBio
  • BeeHero
  • BeeFlow
  • My Apiary

Crop Technology (Fruit & Nuts)

  • Bloomfield Robotics
  • Clean Crop Technologies
  • Edete
  • SpaceSense

10:50 AM PST

Overview of tomorrow's program

10:55 AM PST

Announce Winning Companies from competitIon!

11:00 AM PST

Thank You + That's a wrap!

DAY 2: August 19

9:30AM - 9:35 AM PST

Opening Remarks: Denyse Cardozo, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Forum

9:35 AM - 9:45 AM PST

Welcoming Remarks: Dennis Donohue, Director, Western Growers Center for Innovation

9:45 AM - 10:05 AM PST

Morning Buzz: Opening Keynote

  • Speaker: Marla Spivak, University of Minnesota

10:05 AM - 10:45 AM PST

How Regenerative Agriculture Practices Can Help Protect Bees and Our Environment

As climate change, disease, predators, and other factors destroy hives around the country, beekeepers are looking to farms managed with regenerative agricultural practices for a more sustainable future for their bees. Our speakers will discuss why rebuilding soil health, biodiversity, and other methods can help protect our pollinators and our environment.

  • Speaker: Christine Gemperle, Gemperle Orchards
  • Speaker: Marc-Andre Roberge, Nectar
  • Speaker: Neal Williams, UC Davis
  • Speaker: John Miller, Miller Honey Farm
  • Moderator: Dr. Tim Fredricks, Bayer Crop Science

10:45 AM - 11:10 AM PST

Hive Talkin’ with Timothy Paule & Nicole Lindsey, Founders, Detroit Hives

The idea for Detroit Hives was sparked in the winter of 2016 when Timothy Paule discovered that local raw honey was able to cure a cold that no other remedy had. After learning about the medicinal properties of honey and seeing how it was able to provide his immune system the boost it needed, he and partner Nicole Lindsey became fascinated with bees. Both being proud Detroit natives, they recognized the abandoned lots in the city could serve a greater purpose and combined their knowledge of beekeeping with a need in the community. They bought their first lot in 2017 and started their first urban bee farm, creating sustainable communities and bee populations by transforming vacant lots into pollinator friendly spaces.

  • Interviewer: Dennis Donohue, Western Growers Center for Innovation

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM PST

The Honey Bee’s Vital Role in Nut Crops & Tree Fruit

Apples & cherries rely heavily on honey bees for pollination, and no other nut crop needs them more than California almonds- with most varieties requiring cross-pollination. Growers are concerned that honey bee health challenges, and recent declines in native pollinators will impact the availability of honey bees to pollinate in the future. Our speakers will discuss what is being done now, what innovations are being deployed to address the challenge, and what they see in the future for crop pollination.

  • Speaker: Luis De la Garza, Royal Berries
  • Speaker: Allison Hoiberg, Pomona Farming
  • Speaker: Teah Smith, Zircle Fruit Company
  • Speaker: Danielle Downey, Project Apis m.
  • Moderator: Candace Wilson, Green Venus

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Short Leg Stretcher

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM PST

Buzzing Around with ApisProtect & BeeWise

  • Speaker: Fiona Murphy, ApisProtect
    Speaker: Saar Safra, BeeWise
  • Interviewer: Elizabeth Fastiggi, Amazon Web Services

12:30 PM - 1:10 PM PST

Food Sustainability: From Farm to Table

Our speakers will discuss new innovations in the way food is grown, distributed, packaged and creating positive transformation in food and agriculture for a more sustainable future.

  • Speaker: Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield Farms
  • Speaker: Jessica Gonzales, Happy Organics
  • Speaker: Emily Lafferty, Simple Mills
  • Speaker: Chad Stelter, Flagstone Foods
  • Moderator: Noramay Cadena, Supply Change Capital

1:10 PM - 1:25 PM PST

The Latest Buzz: Closing Keynote

  • Speaker: Dr. Josette Lewis, Almond Board of California

1:25PM - 1:30 PM PST

Thank You + That’s a wrap!

2021 Speakers and Presenters

More speakers to BEE announced soon!

Dennis Donohue

Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology

Dr. Marla Spivak

MacArthur Fellow, Distinguished McKnight Professor & Extension Entomologist
University of Minnesota Bee Research Facility

Nicky Deasy

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
The Yield Lab Europe

Britt Lundgren

Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Stonyfield Farm, Inc.

Teah Smith

Entomologist & Agriculture Consultant
Zirkle Fruit Company

Derek Norman

Vice President, Venture Investments
Leaps by Bayer

Emily Lafferty

Senior Manager of Strategic Sourcing & Sustainability
Simple Mills

IT ALL HAPPENS AUGUST 18 & 19th, 2021!


Silver Sponsors

Community Partners

Pitch Application is
Now Open!

On August 18th we will have a pitch competition! We have 5 spots available for startups disrupting crop technology (nuts/fruits – data, sensors, ai, robotics, irrigation or other innovative solutions) and 5 spots available for bee/honey technology startups. Please make sure your company meets the criteria before you apply, check out the application below.  

Meet the Presenting Startups!

Omer Davidi

Co-Founder and CEO

Darko Mandich

CEO & Co-Founder

Mark DeSantis

Bloomfield Robotics

Darren Bainbridge

Founder & Managing Director

Keren Mimran

Founder, VP Business Development & Marketing
Edete Precision Technologies for Agriculture

Matías Viel

Bee Flow

Daniel White

Co-Founder & CEO
Clean Crop Technologies

Jyotsna Budideti

CEO & Co-Founder

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