The importance of our food systems is more apparent than ever before, as the pandemic revealed significant fragility in our food and agriculture supply chain. The good news is creative and innovative solutions are in the works from some of the world’s brightest minds, thought-leaders and entrepreneurs.


Join us in partnership with Forbes, for a virtual conference featuring our world-renowned THRIVE | Forbes Demo Day, where startups from our seventh Accelerator cohort handpicked from a global pool of almost 700 applicants will compete live for startup funding. We’ll round out the day with discussions around how advances in sustainability, climate change, and technology such as AI, drones, blockchain and predictive analytics are transforming the food we eat and it’s journey to our dinner tables.

Our expert panel of industry judges will hear pitches from the startup finalists & participate in the selection of the overall winner.  We will also present recognition awards to the top Female Leader and the People’s Choice Award.

upcoming events

June 30, 2021 @ 11am PT

Forbes | THRIVE Future of Food Summit

June 30, 2021

THRIVE Latam Challenge

September 9, 2021

THRIVE | Bayer Sustainability Challenge

October 7th, 2021 @ 8am PT

THRIVE Global initiative | Europe Challenge

past events

April 14, 2021

THRIVE | Bayer Sustainability Challenge Launch

March 18, 2021

The Future of Food

Frank Yiannas, FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response

Scott Komar, Driscoll’s Senior Vice President of Global R&D
Nate Storey, Plenty’s Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer, Nate Storey

Nolan Paul, Eric Adamson, Dan Steere, Koji Hasegawa

August 20, 2020

Farming Our Way to a Sustainable Future

Bob Reiter, Head of Crop Science R&D – Bayer

July 23, 2020

Solving Systemic Food Insecurity​

Matt Barnard, CEO – Plenty
Nate Storey, CSO – Plenty

July 9, 2020

Connecting the Physical & Digital to Transform Agriculture

Rob Painter, CEO – Trimble               

June 25, 2020

The Future of the Food Supply Chain

Bill Even, CEO – National Pork Board
Joe Weber, EVP – Smithfield Foods

June 4, 2020

USDA Innovation Imperative

Sonny Perdue, USDA Secretary of Agriculture

May 7, 2020

Current Challenges & Future Opportunities in the Era of COVID

Neal Gutterson, CTO – Corteva

March 25, 2020

2020 THRIVE TOP50 Livestream

John Hartnett, Founder & CEO SVG Ventures-THRIVE