Presenters at this year’s Ag Innovation Showcase in St Louis (see table below) were selected from among more than 60 innovative early stage food and agriculture companies. Many of the presenting companies base their innovations on the use of (big) data.
During roundtable discussions at the recent Ag Innovation Showcase in Davis, participants expressed both caution and excitement about the future of diverse areas of food and agriculture innovation including: animal health and production, drones and robotics, food and beverage processing, and water management innovation.
The Ag Innovation Showcase, developed in collaboration by Larta Institute and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, has earned a reputation for convening thought leaders from key stakeholder groups across the food and agriculture value chain.
The mood of the Ag Innovation Showcase at Davis was a combination of relaxed California friendliness and passion.
On hand were thought leaders from among entrepreneurs, investors, and researchers. Roundtable discussions, and panels featured insightful comments and perspectives, engendering considerable interest from attendees. The presentations from early-stage companies were a high point. In the words of one of the attendees, pulled from the post-event survey, “Larta did a superb job with mentorship and pitch review, obvious from the high quality of presentations.”
Twelve early stage food and agriculture entrepreneurs will take the stage to share their innovation commercialization stories at Ag Innovation Showcase in Davis on May 8 and 9. These companies offer solutions to problems in high value crop cultivation, animal production, and food technologies in the areas of: food safety, food value and nutrition, animal health, and precision/digital agriculture.