At The Swine Innovation Summit

National Pork Board to Host First-Ever Swine Innovation Summit

DES MOINES, IOWA – Aug. 26, 2019 – The National Pork Board will host the inaugural Swine Innovation Summit in Indianapolis on September 17, 2019, as a special event, prior to participating in the Forbes AgTech Summit Indianapolis. National Pork Board leaders will attend the Forbes AgTech Summit, held on September 18 and 19, as part of its ongoing support of AgTech innovation and the THRIVE Midwest Challenge. Forbes and SVG Ventures-THRIVE are founding partners of the AgTech Summit and partner with AgriNovus Indiana, Corteva, Elanco Animal Health, Land O’Lakes and Purdue University to provide networking and showcase opportunities in the Midwest.

Who: National Pork Board and its allied industry partners

What: Swine Innovation Summit

When: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

Where: Indianapolis, Indiana

Why: To help pork producers and food influencers better understand emerging technology trends facing today’s food production systems

Today’s food production systems are undergoing explosive change and the animal agriculture industry needs to prepare in order to keep pace. The Swine Innovation Summit will focus on three key drivers of change including emerging technology, new and dynamic business models and consumer behaviors which impact shopping preferences and food choices.

“Today’s consumers literally carry supercomputers in their pockets and have access to information – both accurate and misleading – that they leverage in making on-the-spot purchase decisions,” said Andy Brudtkuhl, National Pork Board’s director of emerging technology. “In the span of a few short hours, we intend to educate today’s pig farmers on what they need to know and how they must adapt to the changing world in which we live.”

As part of its mandate to support pork research, promotion and education, the National Pork Board is offering the conference free of charge to pig farmers, swine veterinarians, authorized academics and allied industry. Interested attendees can see the agenda of the Swine Innovation Summit and register here.

The National Pork Board became a THRIVE Corporate Innovation Partner with SVG Ventures in 2018 with the intention to connect world-class technology to the swine industry. The first annual Swine Innovation Summit is a collaborative effort between the National Pork Board and SVG Ventures-THRIVE to highlight entrepreneurs as it launches the THRIVE Swine Startup Showcase specifically for pork producers and swine industry partners.

“Our ultimate goal is to drive innovation and to solve critical challenges facing the agriculture industry in the Midwest today and our expanding partnership with National Pork Board reflects this vision,” said John Hartnett, CEO SVG Ventures.

The five finalists hand-selected to pitch on stage at the Swine Innovation Summit are BinSentry, Hog Wash, ProteoSense, SwineTech and Teichos Labs. The summit is focused on developing strategic solutions to improve swine farming sustainability practices of reducing land and water usage, lowering livestock carbon footprint, improving food safety, and protecting animal welfare.

“Changing food production practices also includes technology that is disrupting not only how food is produced, but how it is transported, presented and sold to unknowing consumers,” Brudtkuhl said. “Understand, this is a trillion-dollar industry and it has never been more important to be ahead of emerging trends.”

About SVG Ventures-THRIVE Innovation Platform

SVG Ventures-THRIVE is the leading AgriFood innovation ecosystem, comprised of top agriculture, food and technology corporations, universities and investors. With a community of over 2,000 startups from 82 countries, the THRIVE platform invests, accelerates and creates unparalleled access for entrepreneurs to scale globally to solve the biggest challenges facing the food and agriculture industries. AgFunder recognizes SVG Ventures-THRIVE as the “Most Valuable AgriFood Platform in the World.” THRIVE was launched in 2014 by Silicon Valley Global Ventures (SVG Ventures), a venture, innovation, and investment firm based in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, visit the SVG Ventures THRIVE website.


The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at pork.org.

SVG Ventures announces finalists for THRIVE Midwest Challenge at the Forbes AgTech Summit Indianapolis

Los Gatos, CA, August 21, 2019— SVG Ventures and Forbes announced the five finalists who will compete on stage at the Forbes AgTech Summit Indianapolis for the THRIVE-Forbes Innovation Icon Award, September 18-19, 2019.

SVG Ventures, together with representatives from their Corporate Partners, Elanco, Valmont, National Pork Board, Land O’Lakes, Trimble and Yamaha Motor Ventures have selected the five finalists from a pool of almost 100 applicants across twenty-six countries.  These emerging technology companies are developing cutting-edge technologies focused on solving some of the biggest challenges in agriculture today.

The finalists selected to pitch on stage at the Forbes AgTech Summit are Advanced Animal Diagnostics, BinSentry, 3Bar Biologics, GroGuru, and SwineTech. These companies will present pioneering solutions specifically in the areas of Livestock/ Animal Health, Digital Row Crop Technologies, and Biotechnology.

“Our AgTech Summit celebrates the entrepreneurs and visionaries in the worlds of ag-tech and foodtech,” said Sherry Phillips, Senior Vice President of ForbesLive. “The 2019 THRIVE-Forbes Innovation Icon Award honors the companies whose innovations are creating sustainable, real-world solutions that address the most-pressing issues of our time.”

The winner of the THRIVE Midwest Challenge will secure a coveted place in the 2020 THRIVE VI Accelerator Cohort  (a$100,000 investment value), plus an advertisement in an upcoming issue of Forbes magazine and the opportunity to present at Forbes’ Under 30 Summit in October.

The THRIVE Midwest Challenge provides startups the opportunity to showcase their innovations before an audience of investors, corporate partners, and local and national media.

 

THRIVE VI Applications Open

SVG Ventures is currently accepting applications for its sixth THRIVE Accelerator program. The program will take place over four months commencing in February & culminating at the Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas in June 2020.  The application deadline is October 31st, 2019. To apply, please visit the THRIVE website.

 

About Forbes AgTech Summit

The Forbes AgTech Summit convenes the world’s biggest agricultural leaders, investors and entrepreneurs looking to find solutions for some of the world’s most critical food and agricultural challenges. This year’s Summit in Indianapolis is focused on the “Future of Food” and will host key speakers including Beth Bechdol, President & CEO, AgriNovus Indiana; Teddy Bekele, SVP & Chief Technology Officer, Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Virginia Emery, Founder & CEO, Beta Hatch; Neal Gutterson, Chief Technology Officer, Corteva Agriscience; John Hartnett, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SVG Ventures & THRIVE AgTech; Steve Forbes, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, Forbes; Luke Saunders, Founder & CEO, Farmer’s Fridge; Jennifer Sirangelo, President & CEO, National 4-H Council; Mark Stewart, President & CEO, Agriculture Future of America; Matthew Wadiak, Founder & CEO, Cooks Venture; and Susanne Wasson, President–Crop Protection Business Platform, Corteva Agriscience.  The event will cover animal health, protein and crops like soybeans that are produced in the Midwest and will explore solutions to the critical challenges affecting the world’s food supply. For more information, please visit the Forbes AgTech website.

 

About SVG Ventures-THRIVE Innovation Platform

SVG Ventures-THRIVE is the leading AgriFood innovation ecosystem, comprised of top agriculture, food & technology corporations, universities and investors. With a community of over 2,000 startups from 82 countries, the THRIVE platform invests, accelerates and creates unparalleled access for entrepreneurs to scale globally to solve the biggest challenges facing the food and agriculture industries. AgFunder recognizes SVG Ventures-THRIVE as the “Most Valuable AgriFood Platform in the World.”

THRIVE was launched in 2014 by Silicon Valley Global Ventures (SVG Ventures), a venture, innovation, and investment firm based in Silicon Valley, CA. For more information, please visit the SVG Ventures THRIVE website.

 

About Forbes

The defining voice of entrepreneurial capitalism, Forbes champions success by celebrating those who have made it, and those who aspire to make it. Forbes convenes and curates the most-influential leaders and entrepreneurs who are driving change, transforming business and making a significant impact on the world. The Forbes brand today reaches more than 120 million people worldwide through its trusted journalism, signature LIVE events, custom marketing programs and 40 licensed local editions in 70 countries. Forbes Media’s brand extensions include real estate, education and financial services license agreements. For more information, visit: ForbesMedia.com.

 

Media Contacts

SVG Ventures: Jessica Pham, Marketing & Events Manager, jessica.pham@svgventures.com

Forbes: Laura Brusca, VP of Corp. Communications, lbrusa@forbes.com

SVG Ventures and PMA Announce Partnership to Advance Produce and Floral Innovation

Includes launch of new THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge, a live-pitch competition
to feature entrepreneur Robert Herjavec of ABC’s Shark Tank as 2019 celebrity panel judge

 Los Gatos, CA., August 13, 2019— SVG Ventures and Produce Marketing Association (PMA) have entered a three-year strategic partnership to connect PMA growers with cutting-edge technology. SVG Ventures will lead panel conversations on AgriFood and AgTech at PMA’s annual Fresh Summit Convention & Expo and, debuting this year, the organizations will launch the THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge live-pitch competition.  Start-ups working to create technology for the produce and floral industry will compete for an opportunity to pitch on stage at Fresh Summit to receive a $100K investment award and other prizes.

The THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge winner will receive an opportunity to join the award-winning THRIVE VI Accelerator Program with an investment value of $100K ($50k cash, $50k program), and a further opportunity to present at the Forbes AgTech Summit Salinas for a chance to win an additional $100k investment. The THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge winner will be featured as part of the PMA Center at the Expo to gain visibility and access to other large food and agriculture corporate partners and investors.

The 2019 THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge will be open to start-ups from around the world developing AgTech and AgriFood innovation focused on sustainability, digital solutions, food waste reduction, or food safety solutions within the produce and floral industries. Applications are now being accepted with a submission deadline of September 10th. To apply, please visit the THRIVE website.

SVG THRIVE will select four exceptional startups from among the applicants to participate in a live-pitch challenge on stage at PMA’s 2019 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo to be held in Anaheim, Calif., scheduled Oct. 17-19 this year. A panel of judges will evaluate the finalists on their ability to present a clear business strategy and communicate their respective AgTech innovations.

The 2019 judging panel includes Robert Herjavec, entrepreneur and leading shark on ABC’s Shark Tank, who is also a conference speaker; John Hartnett, CEO SVG Ventures-THRIVE; Jennifer Maloney Food Stakeholder Manager, Bayer; and Ted Taylor, head of new ventures and business development at Taylor Farms. The winner will be selected and announced on site at Fresh Summit.

“Both SVG Ventures and PMA have been working closely with experts from Driscoll’s, Taylor Farms and Sun World Innovations to deeply understand the specific industry challenges,” says John Hartnett, CEO of SVG Ventures. “This pitch competition serves as an opportunity to fast-track entrepreneurs who drive us toward a more efficient, sustainable and secure agricultural future.”

“The innovations that are made possible by this partnership will be critical next steps to addressing the big questions of how we will feed our growing world,” adds Vonnie Estes, Vice President of Technology at PMA. “Our industry will be central to implementing these solutions and I’m thrilled that with this partnership with SVG Ventures, we are key to finding and developing those solutions as well.”

 

THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge Application Open

Call for global start-ups developing solutions within the produce and floral industries for the following food and agricultural technology areas: sustainability, digital solutions, food safety, and food waste. The THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge is an opportunity to accelerate your business, network with industry professionals, and align business strategy to current challenges.

CALL FOR START-UPS – APPLY NOW!

Fresh Summit brings global produce and floral industry leaders from around the world together to network, create global connections, cultivate industry talent, find practical solutions to complex science and technology issues, and bring cutting-edge trends to the forefront. The event showcases seed companies, growers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers, and business solution providers including equipment, packaging, technology, transportation, and food safety companies in agribusiness. This diverse marketplace of more than 1,200 exhibitors, over 3,200 buyers and 22,000 attendees from 60-plus countries means endless opportunities for advancing and sharing innovation in this dynamic and diverse industry.

PMA Fresh Summit “Forums for the Future” conference speakers for Thursday, Oct. 17 are Cathy Burns, PMA CEO, who will deliver her annual state of the industry address, and Herjavec, who will present on “Solving Industry Issues One Pitch at a Time.” PMA plans to announce the third and final “Big Voice” Forum for the Future speaker for the Oct. 18 session soon. In addition, Queen Latifah, musician, actress, author, and entrepreneur, is scheduled to speak at the Center for Growing Talent Women’s Fresh Perspectives Leadership Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 19. For additional information or to register for Fresh Summit, visit pma.com.

 

About SVG Ventures-THRIVE Innovation Platform

SVG Ventures-THRIVE is the leading AgriFood innovation ecosystem, comprised of top agriculture, food & technology corporations, universities and investors. With a community of over 2,000 startups from 82 countries, the THRIVE platform invests, accelerates and creates unparalleled access for entrepreneurs to scale globally to solve the biggest challenges facing the food and agriculture industries. AgFunder recognizes SVG Ventures-THRIVE as the “Most Valuable AgriFood Platform in the World.”

THRIVE was launched in 2014 by Silicon Valley Global Ventures (SVG Ventures), a venture, innovation, and investment firm based in Silicon Valley, CA. For more information, please visit THRIVE.

 

About Produce Marketing Association

Produce Marketing Association (PMA) is the leading trade association representing companies from every segment of the global produce and floral supply chain. PMA helps members grow by providing connections that expand business opportunities and increase sales and consumption. For more information, visit www.pma.com.

 

Media Contacts

SVG Ventures: Jessica Pham, Marketing & Events Manager, jessica.pham@svgventures.com

Siobhan K. May, Director, Communications, PMA SMay@pma.com

 

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Leading Monumental Change in the Food & Agriculture Industry: SVG Stimulates Innovation, Investment, and Partnership

SVG Ventures + THRIVE reaches 115M Global Audience

Los Gatos, CA., July 31, 2019—Five years, five cohorts, and a current valuation of over $700M! SVG Ventures’ current portfolio of 48 THRIVE Accelerator alumni are leading the way in innovation in the food and agriculture industries with 17 of the 48 companies receiving more than $50M in investment in 2019. SVG Ventures recognizes a total of 103% valuation growth increase in investment across the five accelerator cohorts. Our roster of accelerator companies includes remarkable start-ups such as, Trace Genomics, AgShift, and Livestock Water Recycling. Interest in the accelerator continues to be exceptionally high, with more than 150 applications received to date for the 2019 THRIVE VI Accelerator Program.

This year, SVG Ventures secured multiple global partnerships to lead conversations on agrifood and agtech on live stages at international events. SVG Ventures scouts and evaluates innovation, moderates panel discussions, and networks with thousands of startups, corporates, and investors at worldwide events including the Innovation Summit, South by Southwest, Smart AgriFood Summit Malaga, Forbes AgTech Summits in Salinas & Indianapolis, Calgary Stampede, and PMA Fresh Summit Convention & Expo.

As a Founding Partner with Forbes, SVG Ventures co-hosts the Forbes AgTech Summits and provides global recognition for the pioneering THRIVE Accelerator startups chosen to present their pitch on the ForbesLive Stage. This year, the partnership took on new strides, with the launch of the joint THRIVE Forbes Innovation Icon Award which honors those helping to bring solutions to the marketplace that will move the world forward. The global news and social media audience for these events reaches a record 115M people. Constituents interested in shifting this $9B AgTech, FoodTech, AgriFood Industry are joining this movement with SVG Ventures as corporate partners and investors.

The mission of SVG Ventures THRIVE is to identify groundbreaking innovations within the entire agricultural value chain that drive increases in efficiency, conservation of resources and significantly improve the lives of farmers and consumers.

 

About SVG Ventures-THRIVE Innovation Platform

SVG Ventures-THRIVE is the leading AgriFood innovation ecosystem, comprised of top agriculture, food & technology corporations, universities and investors. With a community of over 2,000 startups from 82 countries, the THRIVE platform invests, accelerates and creates unparalleled access for entrepreneurs to scale globally to solve the biggest challenges facing the food and agriculture industries. AgFunder recognizes SVG Ventures-THRIVE as the “Most Valuable AgriFood Platform in the World.”

THRIVE was launched in 2014 by Silicon Valley Global Ventures (SVG Ventures), a venture, innovation, and investment firm based in Silicon Valley, CA. For more information, please visit the THRIVE website.

 

Media Contacts

SVG Ventures: Jessica Pham, Marketing & Events Manager, jessica.pham@svgventures.com