Agenda

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Please join us for 3 days of live-streamed presentations and panel discussions with leading investors, VCs, corporations, and startups tackling topics in the categories of Agritech, Foodtech, Animal Tech, Smart Farming, and Alternative Foods.

There will be two broadcasting sessions:

  • The first is relevant for Europe and Asia, and will be broadcasted at 11:00 AM (GMT+2) each day
  • The second is for North and South America and will start at 1:00 PM EST
11:00 - 11:10

Greetings by GrowingIL and Start-Up Nation Central

Doron Meller
,
Executive Director, GrowingIL
Yariv Lotan
,
Head of Startegic Sector Development Start-Up Nation Central
11:10 - 11:26

Fireside chat with Greg Meyers, CIO and CDO at Syngenta

Greg Meyers
,
CIO & CDO, Syngenta
Yariv Lotan
,
Head of Startegic Sector Development Start-Up Nation Central

Listen in as Greg Meyers discusses the pioneering changes that Syngenta Group has gone through in 2020, including their expansion in investments and partnerships, how they work with AgriFood-Tech startups, and trends moving forward.

11:26 - 11:34

Investor Perspectives: AgriFood-tech in the Age of the Remote Economy

Matthew Walker
,
Managing Director, S2G Ventures

Hear from leading investors about the most notable trends for AgriFood-tech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

11:34 - 11:49

Fireside chat with Laurent Genet, Chief Strategy Officer at Nutreco

Laurent Genet
,
Chief Strategy Officer, Nutreco
Moderator: Karin Gattegno
,
Chief Business Officer, Start-Up Nation Central

The food animals eat has an important impact on the global food chain. Learn from Laurent Genet on changes in the animal feed world, and the connection between sustainability and food from animals versus other food sources.

11:49 - 11:57

Investor Perspectives: AgriFood-tech in the Age of the Remote Economy

Salvatore Lavallo
,
Head of FDI, Abu Dhabi Investment Office

Hear from leading investors about the most notable trends for AgriFood-tech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

11:57 - 12:06

Investor Perspectives: AgriFood-tech in the Age of the Remote Economy

Shubhang Shankar
,
Managing Director, Syngenta Ventures at Syngenta
12:06 - 12:33

AgriFood-tech Trends in the Age of COVID-19

Kristal Golan
,
Senior Corporate Venture Manager, BayWa
Matilda Ho
,
Founder & Managing Director, Bits x Bites
Nitza Kardish
,
Vice Chair, Trendlines AgriFood Pte. Ltd.
Moderator: Dr. Gal Yarden PhD
,
Ag Impact Activator

It is no surprise that COVID-19 has disrupted many industries, and AgriFood-tech has seen multiple changes as a result. Join the conversation and learn from leading experts on changing trends in AgriFood-tech and what that means for agriculture, food security, and changing landscapes. 

12:33 - 12:37

Investor Perspectives: AgriFood-tech in the Age of the Remote Economy

Tom Espiard-Cignaco
,
President & Managing Director Capagro

Hear from leading investors about the most notable trends for AgriFood-tech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

Below please find the second broadcasting sessions (starting at 13:00 EST for North and South America):

20:00 - 20:10

Greetings by GrowingIL and Start-Up Nation Central

Doron Meller
,
Executive Director, GrowingIL
Yariv Lotan
,
Head of Startegic Sector Development Start-Up Nation Central
20:10 - 20:26

Fireside chat with Greg Meyers, CIO and CDO at Syngenta

Greg Meyers
,
CIO & CDO, Syngenta
Yariv Lotan
,
Head of Startegic Sector Development Start-Up Nation Central

Listen in as Greg Meyers discusses the pioneering changes that Syngenta Group has gone through in 2020, including their expansion in investments and partnerships, how they work with AgriFood-Tech startups, and trends moving forward. 

20:26 - 20:34

Investor Perspectives: AgriFood-tech in the Age of the Remote Economy

Matthew Walker
,
Managing Director, S2G Ventures

Hear from leading investors about the most notable trends for AgriFood-tech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund? 

20:34 - 20:49

Fireside chat with Laurent Genet, Chief Strategy Officer at Nutreco

Laurent Genet
,
Chief Strategy Officer, Nutreco
Moderator: Karin Gattegno
,
Chief Business Officer, Start-Up Nation Central

The food animals eat has an important impact on the global food chain. Learn from Laurent Genet on changes in the animal feed world, and the connection between sustainability and food from animals versus other food sources.

20:49 - 20:57

Investor Perspectives: AgriFood-tech in the Age of the Remote Economy

Salvatore Lavallo
,
Head of FDI, Abu Dhabi Investment Office

Hear from leading investors about the most notable trends for AgriFood-tech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

20:57 - 21:06

Investor Perspectives: AgriFood-tech in the Age of the Remote Economy

Shubhang Shankar
,
Managing Director, Syngenta Ventures at Syngenta

Hear from leading investors about the most notable trends for AgriFood-tech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

21:06 - 21:33

AgriFood-tech Trends in the Age of COVID-19

Kristal Golan
,
Senior Corporate Venture Manager, BayWa
Matilda Ho
,
Founder & Managing Director, Bits x Bites
Nitza Kardish
,
Vice Chair, Trendlines AgriFood Pte. Ltd.
Moderator: Dr. Gal Yarden PhD
,
Ag Impact Activator

It is no surprise that COVID-19 has disrupted many industries, and AgriFood-tech has seen multiple changes as a result. Join the conversation and learn from leading experts on changing trends in AgriFood-tech and what that means for agriculture, food security, and changing landscapes.

21:33 - 21:37

Investor Perspectives: AgriFood-tech in the Age of the Remote Economy

Tomas Lopes Teixeira
,
Chief Investment Officer, IDB Lab

Hear from leading investors about the most notable trends for AgriFood-tech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

11:00 - 11:13

Fireside chat with Jordi Llach, Head of Food EMENA at Nestle

Jordi Llach
,
Head of Food EMENA, Nestlé
Yariv Lotan
,
Head of Startegic Sector Development Start-Up Nation Central

Listen as Jordi Llach discusses how Nestle’s $2 billion a year R&D strategy has tackled and the trends of healthy nutrition, alternative proteins, and less sugar and salt content.

11:13 - 11:18

Investor Perspectives in Foodtech

Dan Phillips
,
Managing Director, Cultivian Sandbox

Learn from leading investors about the most notable trends for Foodtech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

11:18 - 11:32

Fireside chat with Ellen de Brabander, Senior Vice President R&D at PepsiCo

Ellen de Brabander
,
Senior Vice President Research and Development PepsiCo
Moderator: Karin Gattegno
,
Chief Business Officer, Start-Up Nation Central

What is it like to run the R&D engine for a $67 billion company? Hear Ellen de Brabander’s unique perspective on startup investment (as a Venture Partner at PeakBridge Partners) and why the Israeli innovation landscape is interesting for a food conglomerate as large as PepsiCo.

11:32 - 11:41

Investor Perspectives in Foodtech

Tom Mastrobuoni
,
Chief Investment Officer Big Idea Ventures

Learn from leading investors about the most notable trends for Foodtech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

11:41 - 12:07

Food-tech Investor Panel: Changing Appetites in the Age of COVID-19

Nadav Berger
,
Managing Partner, PeakBridge
Linda Boender
,
VC Investment Manager, Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund
Steve Sanger
,
General Partner Evolv Ventures
Moderator: Eric-Alan Rapp
,
Partner VF Venture

COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption in new technologies for the changing diets and new generational desires. Join the discussion with leading experts and discover what new trends are underway and what leading companies are doing to stay ahead.

12:07 - 12:15

Investor Perspectives in Foodtech

Gil Horsky
,
Director of Innovation, SnackFutures Mondelēz International

Learn from leading investors about the most notable trends for Foodtech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

12:15 - 12:19

Investor Perspectives in Foodtech

Joshua Phitoussi
,
Partner, TO Ventures

Learn from leading investors about the most notable trends for Foodtech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

Second Broadcasting (North and south America) Below please find the second broadcasting sessions (starting at 13:00 EST for North and South America):

20:00 - 20:13

Fireside chat with Jordi Llach, Head of Food EMENA at Nestle

Jordi Llach
,
Head of Food EMENA, Nestlé
Yariv Lotan
,
Head of Startegic Sector Development Start-Up Nation Central

Listen as Jordi Llach discusses how Nestle’s $2 billion a year R&D strategy has tackled and the trends of healthy nutrition, alternative proteins, and less sugar and salt content.

20:13 - 20:18

Investor Perspectives in Foodtech

Dan Phillips
,
Managing Director, Cultivian Sandbox

Learn from leading investors about the most notable trends for Foodtech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

20:18 - 20:32

Fireside chat with Ellen de Brabander, Senior Vice President R&D at PepsiCo

Ellen de Brabander
,
Senior Vice President Research and Development PepsiCo
Moderator: Karin Gattegno
,
Chief Business Officer, Start-Up Nation Central

What is it like to run the R&D engine for a $67 billion company? Hear Ellen de Brabander’s unique perspective on startup investment (as a Venture Partner at PeakBridge Partners) and why the Israeli innovation landscape is interesting for a food conglomerate as large as PepsiCo.

20:32 - 20:41

Investor Perspectives in Foodtech

Tom Mastrobuoni
,
Chief Investment Officer Big Idea Ventures

Learn from leading investors about the most notable trends for Foodtech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

20:41 - 21:07

Food-tech Investor Panel: Changing Appetites in the Age of COVID-19

Nadav Berger
,
Managing Partner, PeakBridge
Linda Boender
,
VC Investment Manager, Rabo Food & Agri Innovation Fund
Steve Sanger
,
General Partner Evolv Ventures
Moderator: Eric-Alan Rapp
,
Partner VF Venture

COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption in new technologies for the changing diets and new generational desires. Join the discussion with leading experts and discover what new trends are underway and what leading companies are doing to stay ahead.

21:07 - 21:15

Investor Perspectives in Foodtech

Gil Horsky
,
Director of Innovation, SnackFutures Mondelēz International

Learn from leading investors about the most notable trends for Foodtech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

21:15 - 21:19

Investor Perspectives in Foodtech

Joshua Phitoussi
,
Partner, TO Ventures

Learn from leading investors about the most notable trends for Foodtech innovation and funding. What do VCs look for when evaluating potential investments? Why has the Israeli innovation landscape proven so interesting for their fund?

11:00 - 11:28

Animal-Tech: Prospects for Animal Agriculture

Fabio Bagnara
,
R&D Director, BRF (Brazil)
Guy Harari
,
Senior Global Director, Adisseo
Joost Matthijssen
,
Strategic Innovation, Nutreco
Moderator: Shmuel Rauznits
,
Lead Analyst, Startup Nation Central

Is the livestock industry going to disappear? Hear from leading experts on what prevailing changes are disrupting this industry and what companies are doing in order to develop a better tomorrow.

11:28 - 11:39

Fireside chat with Rob Hargrove, EVP Research, Development, Quality and Innovation at Mondelez International

Moderator: Laly David
,
Partner, OurCrowd
Rob Hargrove
,
EVP Research, Development & Quality Mondelēz
11:39 - 12:09

Alternative Foods Panel

Moderator: Amir Zaidman
,
VP Business Development, The Kitchen FoodTech Hub
Regina Hecker
,
Partner, Blue Horizons Ventures
Dan Altschuler Malek
,
Managing Partner, New Crop Capital and Unovis Asset Management
Brian Loeb
,
Investor, CGC Ventures at Continental Grain Company

The alternative foods market is expected to grow to $17.9 billion by 2025. In this panel, we will discuss how consumers are adapting to these new products, what the future of the alternative food industry really looks like, and what the VC panelists are seeking in their upcoming rounds.

12:09 - 12:32

AgriFood-tech Financing

Moderator: Daniela Kandel
,
Senior Director of Innovation Bridges, Start-Up Nation Central
Prasad Gopalan
,
IFC Global Manager for Agribusiness and Forestry, IFC
Tomas Lopes Teixeira
,
Chief Investment Officer, IDB Lab

 In this session with IDB and IFC, hear about investment from an international organization perspective. Listen to what leaders in their fields have to say regarding the impact of investment, how development financial organizations look at agrifood-tech solutions when implementing agriculture projects, and where startups fit in to this process.

Below please find the second broadcasting sessions (starting at 13:00 EST for North and South America):

20:00 - 20:28

Animal-Tech: Prospects for Animal Agriculture

Fabio Bagnara
,
R&D Director, BRF (Brazil)
Guy Harari
,
Senior Global Director, Adisseo
Joost Matthijssen
,
Strategic Innovation, Nutreco
Moderator: Shmuel Rauznits
,
Lead Analyst, Startup Nation Central

Is the livestock industry going to disappear? Hear from leading experts on what prevailing changes are disrupting this industry and what companies are doing in order to develop a better tomorrow.

20:28 - 20:39

Fireside chat with Rob Hargrove, EVP Research, Development, Quality and Innovation at Mondelez International

Moderator: Laly David
,
Partner, OurCrowd
Rob Hargrove
,
EVP Research, Development & Quality Mondelēz
20:39 - 21:09

Alternative Foods Panel

Moderator: Amir Zaidman
,
VP Business Development, The Kitchen FoodTech Hub
Regina Hecker
,
Partner, Blue Horizons Ventures
Dan Altschuler Malek
,
Managing Partner, New Crop Capital and Unovis Asset Management
Brian Loeb
,
Investor, CGC Ventures at Continental Grain Company

The alternative foods market is expected to grow to $17.9 billion by 2025. In this panel, we will discuss how consumers are adapting to these new products, what the future of the alternative food industry really looks like, and what the VC panelists are seeking in their upcoming rounds.

21:09 - 21:32

AgriFood-tech Financing

Moderator: Daniela Kandel
,
Senior Director of Innovation Bridges, Start-Up Nation Central
Prasad Gopalan
,
IFC Global Manager for Agribusiness and Forestry, IFC
Tomas Lopes Teixeira
,
Chief Investment Officer, IDB Lab

In this session with IDB and IFC, hear about investment from an international organization perspective. Listen to what leaders in their fields have to say regarding the impact of investment, how development financial organizations look at agrifood-tech solutions when implementing agriculture projects, and where startups fit in to this process.