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Prairie Crest AgTech Conference Agenda

Location: Hy-Vee Hall @ Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA
Time:  7:00am – 7:30 pm
November 9th, 2017

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Kick Off Speaker
Kim Reynolds, Governor of Iowa

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Panel – Challenges and Opportunities in Ag Tech Investing

Moderator
Ewa Kozicz, Anthelion Capital – New York, New York

Panel Members
Jude Conway, Ag Ventures Alliance – Mason City, IA
Spencer Maughan, Finistere – San Francisco, CA
Dean Didato, Innova Fund – Memphis, TN
Brian Jones, Iowa Corn – Des Moines, IA

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Ag Tech Ecosystem
Claire Kinlaw, Larta – Los Angeles, CA

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Pioneer’s Open Innovation Platform
Mathias Muller, Pioneer – Des Moines, IA

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Company Pitches – Beyond Seed Stage
Featuring four companies spanning crop production, processing, and animal health seeking Round A and later growth stage financing

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Lunch – Keynote Speaker
Steve Forbes

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Company Pitches – Early Stage
Eight early stage Ag Tech companies seeking early stage capital. These companies have innovative solutions in animal health, farm management, livestock production, farm automation, and financial services.

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Panel – University Ecosystems

Moderator
Bill Adamowski, Iowa State University Start Up Factory

Panel Participants
Kevin Kimle – Iowa State University
Daniel Dawes – Purdue University
Tom Field – University of Nebraska
Dan Thomson – Kansas State University
Zachary Ellis – The Ohio State University

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Networking Break

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Panel – Accelerators in Ag Tech

Moderator
Kevin Kimle, Iowa State University

Panel Participants
Doug Dresslaer – Sprint Acclerator, Kansas City
Megan Vollstedt – Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, Des Moines, IA
Joel Harris – Ag Startup Engine, Ames, IA
Brett Brohl – Tech Stars, Startup Next Food & Tech Minneapolis, MN
Rob Trice – Mixing Bowl, San Francisco, CA

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

New Playbook in Ag Investing
Speaker(s) to be announced

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Closing Remarks
Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture or Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Cocktail Reception and Networking