DES MOINES, Iowa — The Prairie Crest Capital Annual Ag Tech Investor Conference recently unveiled its list of speakers for its upcoming event on Nov. 9, 2017. Throughout the day, the event will feature a wide range of presenters from both the private and public sectors.
Legendary investor Steve Forbes will serve as the keynote speaker of the event and will be sharing his decades of experience in the investment management industry with all attendees. “This is an exciting time with agriculture in terms of high tech being wedded to agriculture,” said Forbes. “Investment in Ag Tech is exploding with growing experimentation and people’s demands on how we feed the world. The Midwest is poised to lead with the continued expansion and growth of cutting-edge ideas.”
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will kick off the annual conference with opening remarks showcasing the key role Iowa plays in the future of agricultural – both in the development of new technologies and investments in those developing ideas. “Iowa’s rich history in agriculture allows for the state to focus in on unique investment opportunities,” said Gov. Reynolds. “Whether it is an innovative swine vaccine or planting GPS capabilities, Iowa is leading and we welcome others to join in these ventures.”
Throughout the course of the morning, agricultural investors from across the country will participate in moderated panel discussions featuring a variety of topics. Special guests include Ewa Kozicz, Columbia Business School alumna, currently working on a new investment platform with a focus on sustainability in agriculture at Anthelion Capital in New York, NY; Dr. Spencer Maughan, partner at Finistere LLC in San Francisco, CA; Jan Bouten, partner at Innova Fund in Memphis, TN and Claire Kinlaw, director of agriculture practice at Larta Institute in Los Angeles, CA. Find more information about speakers and see the full list at prairiecrestcapital.com/speakers.
Accelerators participating in the event include: Sprint Accelerator (Kansas City, MO), Tech Stars, (Minneapolis, MN) Iowa AgriTech Accelerator (Des Moines, IA), and State University Start Up Engine (Ames, IA).
The afternoon will feature a wide range of university representatives from across the Midwest, including Zachary Ellis of The Ohio State University, Daniel Dawes of Purdue University, Tom Field from the University of Nebraska, Dan Thompson from Kansas State University, and Kevin Kimle of Iowa State University. Discussions will focus on the role university ecosystems play in the agriculture investment environment.
Additionally, the following companies will be presenting pitch ideas: Power Pollen, Natural Fiber Welding, Ag Pixel, CropPro, Performance Livestock Analytics, Zeavaxx, Wirsan, Smart Ag, Automed, Quantified Ag, and Tradelanes.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is expected to close out the daylong event with remarks on agricultural developments in the United States. Sec. Northey is currently being considered for U.S. Department of Agricultures Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation.
The event is open to all interested in learning about and discussing the future of agricultural investment, and will provide networking opportunities throughout the day. Registration closes Nov. 6; more information, including hotel accommodations, can be found at prairiecrestcapital.com.
About Prairie Crest Capital
Prairie Crest Capital is a venture capital firm in Des Moines focused on early-stage investments in promising agricultural and breakthrough technology firms. Leveraging their experience and Midwest location, Prairie Crest Capital connects investors to underserved and compelling opportunities in the Ag Tech sector in order to deliver superior returns.
— Prairie Crest Capital