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Highlights from Ag Innovation Showcase

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The 2016 Ag Innovation Showcase continued its eight-year tradition of bringing together innovators, investors, producers and entrepreneurs in the agtech space for three days of presentations, panel discussions, networking and dealmaking.

The Showcase encourages the convergence of diverse technology solutions around platforms to help bring the industry to the next level of productivity and sustainability which keeps the participants coming back for more. This year’s Showcase featured panels and presentations that addressed CRISPR gene editing technology, food waste, precision ag and automation, ag inputs and diagnostics, alternative food systems and efforts to find solutions to improve developing economies. Special spotlight sessions offered perspectives from the farmer, innovator, university and investor.

In four separate sessions, 20 early-stage companies, chosen from 80 applications, delivered a pitch around their novel and imaginative innovation and its commercial potential. Ten of the presenting companies were international, 10 were from the United States and six were women-led.

“I’m so pleased with this year’s event,” said Sam Fiorello, chief operating officer at the Danforth Center and president of BRDG Park. “The diversity of the participants, speakers and presenting companies speaks to the rapid expansion of players in the space. It’s rewarding to see people who attend year after year as well as enthusiastic new entrants. The voice of the farmer was a welcomed addition to the content sessions. Their insights are invaluable to all of us.”

Special congratulations to Christina Davis, founder and chief science advisor of XTB Laboratories Inc. who was chosen as the winner of the Ideas, Energized™ Prize, new to the Showcase this year, which included a $10,000 award. There were also three runner ups who deserve recognition for their outstanding presentations and innovative ideas: Koolmill Systems Limited, Kiverdi and NeoGram.

Below are a few articles highlighting this year’s successful three-day event:

10 Innovations with Commercial Potential to Debut at Ag Innovation Showcase
St. Louis Business Journal
Here’s a peek at the all new University showcase highlighting early stage innovations.

More Women Are Starting Companies From the Ground Up, Literally
Forbes
The average United States farmer is a white male around 58 years of age. But there’s a new contingent rapidly claiming a stake in the industry: women.

Farmers, Food Waste, and CRISPR: What to Expect from This Year’s Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis
AgFunderNews
AgFunder highlights key points from the Showcase.

More Women-Led Companies to Present at Ag Innovation Showcase
St. Louis Public Radio
Women are getting more involved in agtech and that’s evident at the Ag Innovation Showcase. Learn about the women-led companies being highlighted at the event.

Our thanks go to the members of the Ag Innovation Showcase Advisory Committee and the sponsors of this year’s event. Many of them have been loyal sponsors over the past eight years. Their unwavering support has been critical to the success of the event.

Be sure to plant September 11 – 13, 2017 on your calendar for the 2017 Showcase in St. Louis.

Are you interested in learning more about this year’s presenters, speakers, panelists and event organizers? Stay in touch with the alumni with this social media directory.

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