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INSEAD Food & Agro Club event

April 16, 2024
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

INSEAD Food & Agro Club event kindly hosted by Deloitte

Tuesday April 16, 2024

AgTech shaping the future of agriculture. The view from VC and entrepreneur’s perspective. Current trends and challenges in the AgTech world.

Agriculture Technology (AgTech) has captured significant attention in recent years, promising innovative solutions to combat climate change and contribute to global sustainability. However, the journey from AgTech startup to commercial success is often fraught with challenges.

Indigo, a prominent AgTech startup, soared to great heights by Q2 2020, securing an impressive funding amount of over $1.2 billion. Their vision centered around establishing a direct relationship with farmers and capitalizing on the 2-3 metric tonnes per acre of carbon that farmers sequestered annually. It was an ambitious goal, fueled by optimism and the promise of positive impact. Yet, the landscape shifted. In 2023, Indigo faced a stark reality: a new funding round valued the company at just $200 million, representing a staggering 94% drop from its previous valuation of $3.5 billion. The AgTech industry, like any other, grapples with uncertainties, market dynamics, and evolving investor sentiments.

The session titled “AgTech shaping the future of agriculture: The View from VC and Entrepreneur’s Perspective” aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the AgTech landscape. Key takeaways include:

  • Sub-sectors in AgTech: Explore various sub-sectors within AgTech
  • Success Factors: Gain insights into critical success factors
  • Multiple Perspectives: Benefit from viewpoints of both VC investors and AgTech entrepreneurs

Register HERE

18.30 Welcome drinks and bites
19.00 Welcome by Tina Scheele (MBA’02J)
Presentations by Roberto Viton and Dr. David Meszaros
20.10 Networking drinks
21.00 Closing

Gustav Mahlerlaan 2970
1081 LA Amsterdam

If you would like to be more involved in the life of Food & Agro club, please contact Alex Petrov.

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th of April.

Tina Scheele is a Partner with Monitor Deloitte, and co-leading Deloitte Future of Food work. The Deloitte Future of Food team is helping some of the largest and most innovative organizations to transform the entire food ecosystem.

Roberto Viton is a Venture Partner of Yield Lab Europe and Managing Director of Yield Lab Latin America. Roberto is also the founder & MD of Valoral Advisors, an internationally recognized advisory firm specialized in food and agricultural investments.

Dr. David Meszaros is Founder and CEO of SMARTKAS. NL-based SMARTKAS designs, builds, owns and operates climate neutral smart farms to solve world hunger. It currently runs the world’s largest fully automated climate neutral smart farm.