The Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit

Mark your calendar for the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit November 12-13, 2019

November 12-13, 2019 at the Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY

New York state does things big—the Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit is no exception. It will be an unprecedented, culminating event for the first round of the Grow-NY competition, and will feature:

Grow-NY Pitch Competition

Live pitches from top food & ag startups

Live pitches from top food and ag startups across the globe competing to win up to $1 million. 

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World-class food & ag symposium

A Symposium hosted by the NYS Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech. This enriching symposium will feature keynote speakers and a series of themed panels discussing some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the food and ag industry in New York and beyond. Speakers will include world-class food and ag researchers, thought leaders, and established business leaders from Fortune 500 companies.

Grow-NY Competition Teams Selected

Tradeshow and exhibition with over 100 innovative food & ag resources

A tradeshow and exhibition hall showcasing over 100 innovative food and ag businesses and New York state resources from across the value chain. Exhibitors will range from startup businesses to multinational corporations, and include Cornell University resources, economic and workforce development partners, supply chain assets and investors, Trade associations, and high-growth innovators.

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Grand finale and announcement of winners

A grand finale award ceremony announcing the five startups to win a total of $3 million in prize money.  

If you’re interested in sponsoring the Grow-NY Food & Ag Summit, please contact info@grow-ny.com.

Keynote Speaker: 

 

Danny Wegman,
Chairman, Wegmans Food Markets

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Competition Judge

Anne Grevens

Head of Innovation for North America and Managing Director Acquisition Finance, Rabobank

Panel Moderators and Speakers

  • Brandon Alexander – CEO, IronOx
  • Ben Banks-Dobson – Managing Director, Hudson Hemp
  • Paal Elfstrum – CEO, Tropos Technologies/ Wheatfield Gardens
  • John Gaus – Founder and CEO, Agbotic
  • Miguel Gomez – Associate Professor, Food Markets and Distribution,Cornell University
  • Mikhail Hutton – VP, Marketing & Customer Success, Artemis
  • Sriraj Kantamneni – Managing Director of Digital Strategies, Cargill
  • Michael Kreher – Partner, Kreher Farms
  • Adam Lazar – Founder & CEO, Asarasi Sparkling Tree Water
  • Christopher Logue – Director of Plant Industry, NYS Department of Ag and Markets
  • Andy Lytwynec – Strategic Advisor and NY Project Lead, Canopy Growth
  • Tim Mahan – Special Projects and Strategic Planning, Wegmans Food Markets
  • Neil Mattson – Associate professor, Plant Science, Cornell University
  • Susan McCouch – Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Jamie McKeon – SVP, Demand Creation, Rich Products
  • Brian Nicholson – President & CEO, Red Jacket Orchards
  • Trey Riddle – CEO and Founder, Sunstrand LLC
  • Barclay Rogers – VP Business Development for GeoInnovation, Indigo Ag
  • Niel Sandfort – Program Manager, Chobani
  • Paul Sellew – Founder and CEO, Little Leaf Farms
  • George Small – CTO, Moog Inc
  • Larry Smart – Associate Director, Cornell AgriTech
  • Ron Tanner – VP of Philanthropy, Government & Industry Relations at Specialty Food Association
  • Gerhardt Ufheil – Director External Development, Nestle
  • Marc Van Burck – Director of Global Business Development,Hemp Production Services
  • Tim Vanini – Managing Director, Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture
  • Bruno Xavier – Senior Extension Associate & Processing Authority, Cornell University
  • Daniel Cross – CEO & Managing Director, Love Beets

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November 12-13 in Rochester, NY

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