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Technology has transformed the way food is produced, managed, and distributed. Many startups in the growing field of AgTech (Agri-Tech) are utilizing new advances in robotics, AI, deep learning, IoT, drones, satellites, and biotech to shape the future of agriculture. AgTech first became an investment sector a few years ago and is still one of the fastest growing areas of innovation. AgTech is still in its early stages, and plenty of opportunities remain. Attend our event to hear from leading entrepreneurs and investors in the AgTech industry and the Royse AgTech Innovation Network.
Join us to hear from experts about potential opportunities and for an exciting evening of networking, discussions, and technology presentations.
Roger Royse, founder of the Royse Law Firm, will moderate a panel of tech investors, agri-preneurs and industry experts as they discuss the world of AgTech.
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Panel Discussion, Q & A
8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking
About the Panelists:
Erica Riel-Carden is a Principal at Global Capital Markets, a boutique investment bank that specializes in middle market transactions. She provides transaction and financial services for emerging growth companies and investors in the food system. Her technical background spans agriculture, food, technology, & law. Prior to becoming an investment banker, Erica advised companies as a business attorney, and, she grew wholesale Ericaceous flowers in Northern Ohio. Erica received a B.S. in Agriculture, cum laude, from The Ohio State University and her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. She currently sits on the Advisory Board for the SCU Food and Agribusiness Institute and is a Mentor at the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She maintains FINRA Series 63 and 79 securities registrations and is admitted to practice law in California.
Seana Day brings over 13 years of investment, M&A advisory and technology experience to Better Food Ventures and the Mixing Bowl. Most recently, her roles in the food and ag landscape include Director of Strategy and Business Development at AgTech Insight, Fish 2.0 Associate and Managing Director at Centerra Capital providing Agribusiness investment advisory. Prior to her involvement in food and ag, Seana was a technology investment banker at AGC Partners in London, Ridgecrest Capital Partners in the Bay Area and Headwaters MB in Denver. Her background also includes Head of Restructuring and Operations at Versata Enterprises. She is now based in her hometown of Turlock, the heart of California’s ag-land.
Aaron Magenheim is CEO of AgTechInsight. Immersed in the family agricultural irrigation company in California since childhood, Aaron pioneered one of the first stand alone AgTechnology integration companies, Signature AgTech, bringing new solutions to farmers, with unprecedented support.
Following his vision, founded AgTech Insight to help startups and investors understand production farming. With his entrepreneurial drive and business knowledge, he improves grower practices to keep farmers on the cutting edge. He is building a worldwide distribution and support platform through his company AgTech Industries taking advantage of the opportunity to combine the agriculture world with the huge potential of innovation and great returns in technology.
Aaron has become a leader in the AgTech movement and speaks to groups around the world, is an avid advisor to incubators, investors, startups, manufactures and governments."
About the Moderator:
Roger Royse is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California (www.rroyselaw.com). Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. His clients include international emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals. Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, Internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Law School Tax program (Corporate, International, Property Transactions) and is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.
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