2024 THRIVE
GLOBAL IMPACT
SUMMIT

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Agenda

Speakers

Accomodation

THRIVE GLOBAL IMPACT SUMMIT

November 6 & 7, 2024
Marriott, Santa Clara, CA

Amidst the heightened urgency of the climate crisis, it is becoming increasingly clear that disruptive innovation holds the key to forging a future that’s sustainable, prosperous, inclusive, healthy, and equitable for all.

Mark your calendars for November 6th and 7th for our 2024 THRIVE Global Impact Summit.

We’ll gather in the vibrant hub of Silicon Valley for this ground-breaking event alongside forward-thinking visionaries, entrepreneurs, investors, and influential leaders from the realms of agriculture and food technology.

The THRIVE Global Impact Summit provides the platform to delve into innovative solutions and ignite transformative shifts within these sectors. Join us in shaping a sustainable future and embracing consequential innovation.

November 6th: Pre-summit Networking Reception, 6:00pm – 8:00pm (Orchard Bar, Marriott Santa Clara)

November 7th: Global Impact Summit, 9:00am – 7:30pm (Marriott Santa Clara)

Full details & agenda coming soon!

AGENDA

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2
MORNING
TIME
SESSION
8:00AM

Registration & Networking

9:00AM

Event Opening

JJ Ramberg, Emcee
Founder Goodpods, National TV Host

9:05AM

Opening Remarks

John Hartnett, Founder & CEO SVG Ventures|THRIVE

9:15AM

USDA Address

Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation at USDA

9:25AM

Opening Keynote

Anantha Desikan, CTO, ICL Group

9:40AM

Fireside Chat:

Anantha Desikan, CTO, ICL Group
JJ Ramberg, Founder Goodpods, National TV Host

9:55AM

The Race to Net Zero: What agri-food can learn from other industries

Hugh Bromley, Sustainable Agriculture Research Manager, Bloomberg NEF

10:05AM

The Nexus of Energy & Agriculture, an opportunity for collaboration?

Moderator: Hugh Bromley
Laura Kilcrease, CEO, Alberta Innovates
Don Smith, Petroleum & Innovation, UFA
Dr. Tom Greene, Sr. Director External Innovation Investment, R&D, Corteva Agriscience

10:35AM

Controlled Environment Ag: Navigating Choppy Waters

Arama Kukutai, CEO, Plenty

10:45AM

BREAK & NETWORKING

11:15AM

Climate Smart Agriculture: Where could we be by 2030?

Moderator: Danny O'Brien, Managing Director EMEA & Global Programs, SVG Ventures|THRIVE
Walt Duflock, VP of Innovation, Western Growers
Tannis Thorlakson, Director of Sustainability, Driscolls
Jessica Christiansen, Head of Sustainability, Bayer Crop Science
Arthur Chen, Founder & CEO, Verdi

11:45AM

The Global Impact Journey: How collaboration can speed up change

Fireside Chat
John Hartnett, Founder & CEO SVG Ventures|THRIVE
Dr. Peter Eckes, President R&D & Regulatory at BASF

11:55AM

THRIVE| Pitchbook Global Impact Report

Danny O'Brien, Managing Director EMEA & Global Programs, SVG Ventures|THRIVE

12:05PM

AgTech Investor Perspective – What to expect in 2024

Moderator: Aidan Connolly, President Agritech Capital
PJ Amini, Senior Director of Venture Investments, Leaps by Bayer
Mike Wilbur, VP Corp Bus. Dev/Pres. & CEO, Cavallo Ventures
Greg Young, Venture Partner, SVG Ventures|THRIVE Sarabeth Brockley, Lead Advisor Carbon Markets & ESG, Nasdaq

AFTERNOON
TIME
SESSION
12:35PM

LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING

1:35PM

Back to the Future: Will AI help us turn back the clock on emissions?

Keynote: Ranveer Chandra, MD for Research & Industry and CTO for Agri-Food at Microsoft

1:45PM

Balancing Food Security & Emissions: Laying The Foundations To The Future of Farming

Moderator: JJ Ramberg, Founder Goodpods, National TV host
Raj Kundra, Managing Director, WWF Impact
Jordan Giali, Manager Partnerships & Ecosystem, XPRIZE
Steve Coulter, SVP, Koch Agronomic Services

2:15PM

Scaling Growth & Impact: Spotlight on THRIVE Top 50 companies leading the charge

Moderator: Sean Paquet, Director of Corporate Innovation, SVG Ventures|THRIVE
Anna Rath, CEO, Vestaron
Naveen Sikka, CEO Terviva
Jim Ethington, CEO, Arable

2:45PM

BREAK & NETWORKING

3:05PM

Global Impact Challenge Recap by THRIVE

3:15PM

Global Impact Awards

-Soil Health Introduction & Perspective - Phil Taylor, Director of Open Innovation and Outreach, Bayer
-Announce Soil Health Finalists & Winner
-Soil Health Winner Pitch

3:35PM

-Food Security Introduction & Perspective- Steve Coulter, SVP, Koch Agronomic Services
-Announce Food Security Finalists & Winner
-Food Security Winner Pitch

3:45PM

-GHG Emissions Introduction & Perspective- Mika Eberl, Head of AgroStart and Digital Officer - Agricultural Solutions NA, BASF
-Announce GHG Emissions Finalists & Winner
-GHG Emissions Winner Pitch

3:55PM

-Water Mgmt Introduction & Perspective- Tannis Thorlakson, Director of Sustainability, Driscoll's
-Announce Water Mgmt Finalists & Winner
-Water Mgmt Winner Pitch

4:00PM

Announce People’s Choice Award Winner

Announce Female Founder Award Winner

Announce Overall Winner

4:05PM

Winner Photos

4:10PM

Closing Remarks

4:15PM

POST SUMMIT RECEPTION & NETWORKING

FOCUS AREAS

Soil health & Biodiversity

Every year, billions of tons of soil erode, exacerbating biodiversity loss. Prioritizing soil vitality is critical to ensure long-term food security, bolster biodiversity, and mitigate climate change impacts. This includes solutions for regenerative agriculture, bio-based pest control, novel crop nutrition, diversified ecosystems, and transition finance initiatives.

Food Security & Waste Reduction

Our emphasis on food security addresses the critical challenge of sustainably feeding a growing global population, given the significant amount of food wasted annually. We seek solutions to optimize resource use, promote climate-resilient agriculture, automate and digitalize on-farm operations, improve supply chain efficiency, and reduce waste.

Reducing and offsetting GHG emissions

Rising carbon emissions are accelerating climate change, posing a significant threat to global sustainability. Our goal is to drive a shift towards a low-carbon economy by focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon capture technologies, and sustainable transportation.

Nutrition & Health

Improving nutrition and health is key to a sustainable food system. This encompasses a range of solutions including precision nutrition, cultivated food ingredients, rapid testing for quality and safety, and sustainable alternative proteins for both food and feed applications.

Cleantech: Water and Energy

In the face of escalating global water scarcity, leveraging CleanTech in the realms of energy and water becomes crucial. Our newest global impact focus includes technologies that enable smart irrigation, enhanced water measurement, eco-friendly inputs, bioenergy, energy management, and land use optimization.

SPONSORS

PLATINUM PARTNERS

GOLD PARTNERS

BRONZE PARTNERS

We offer a range of sponsorship packages tailored to suit your organization’s goals and budget. Each package includes a variety of benefits designed to maximize your impact and visibility at the summit. If you are interested in Summit Sponsorship opportunities please connect with us here.

SPEAKERS

President & CEO

Senior Vice President, Innovation

Managing Director,
Research for Industry

Partner & Co-Founder

Senior Vice President, Innovation

President, R&D and Regulatory

Chief Innovation & Technology Officer

Managing Director

Sr. Director of Venture Investments

Sustainable Agriculture
Research Manager

Lead Advisor,
Carbon Markets & ESG

Managing Director EMEA
Global Programs

CEO & Founder

VP, Sustainability & Business Stewardship

Entrepreneur and National TV Host

Director of Sustainability

Senior Vice President

Co-founder & CEO

Partnerships & Ecosystem

VP Corp Bus. Dev/Pres. & CEO

Sr. Director External Innovation Investment, R&D

GREG YOUNG

Managing Partner and Co-founder

Director of Corporate Innovation

Vice President, Petroleum and Innovation

Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation

Head of AgroStart and Digital Officer - Agricultural Solutions NA

Director of Open Innovation and Outreach

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