Sixth AgriVest Conference Addresses Climate Change, Sustainability

Over 800 investors, entrepreneurs, and academics from more than 30 countries attend AgriVest 2019
September 26, 2019
Sixth AgriVest Conference Addresses Climate Change, Sustainability (Enlarge)

AgriVest 2019, an initiative of The Trendlines Group (SGX: 42T; OTCQX: TRNLY), GreenSoil Investments, and GrowingIL ( Joint Venture of Israel innovation institute, Start-up nation central, ministry of economy and Digital Israel) took place in Tel Aviv on 24 September 2019.

AgriVest is recognized by industry leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and academics as the forum to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the sector as well as to build global partnerships and collaborations.
Opening the sixth AgriVest conference, Nitza Kardish, PhD, VP The Trendlines Group, asked the audience: “Are we doing enough to address the issues related to the vast acreage of row crops? Or cattle and their impact on climate? Their nutritional value?

“What will help us sustain a habitable world,” she declared, “is addressing our most pressing problems in agriculture -- and the most basic ones: water, soil, air.” As she reminded the audience in the Smolarz Auditorium at Tel Aviv University, “from both the global standpoint and the more limited agricultural perspective, these are the most vulnerable and valuable resources. We need to conserve their quality and use them efficiently to grow more food in an environmentally neutral manner.”

As always, a central highlight of the conference remains the Best Israeli Agtech Company Competition. The 12 Israeli agtech start-ups were selected by an independent committee. The AgriVest audience, together with panels of expert judges, selected the winning company: eggXYt. Yehuda Elram, the company’s Co-Founder and CEO, presented the company’s technology that enables sex detection of chick embryos immediately after the eggs are laid and before they enter the 21-day incubation process, saving the global poultry industry more than $1 billion annually. The winning company received a package of services valued at $7,000 from EY Israel.

 

For the first time at the conference, 30 Israeli agrifood tech start-ups exhibited, showcasing the tremendous growth in the sector and ecosystem in the past few years.
The keynote address was given by Bob Reiter, PhD., Executive Vice President and Head of R&D, Bayer Crop Science Division. Other speakers included Professor Eugene Kandel, CEO, Start-Up Nation Central, and Antoine Denoix, CEO, AXA Climate. The agenda included two panel discussions, one focused on agrifood tech challenges and opportunities in East Asia and the other examining the issues around investing in agtech.
About AgriVest 2019
AgriVest is organized by Trendlines Incubators Israel, an incubator of The Trendlines Group; GreenSoil Investments, an Israeli VC focused on agtech investments; and GrowingIL, of Israel’s Ministry of Economy and Industry. AgriVest connects industry, business, academia, and government to focus on opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, and partners.
The conference goals are to provide a forum for discussion and debate about the challenges, drivers, and trends in the agrifood tech sector and to present breakthrough technologies and products from young Israeli companies to international investors and industry and government leaders.

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