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The THRIVE Innovation Summit is held annually in Silicon Valley and each year attracts 250+ agribusiness leaders, investors, agtech and foodtech startups, and California and Midwest growers. The summit is a unique opportunity to meet and hear from our THRIVE Top 50, fifty companies shaping the future of the agriculture supply chain as well as leaders of Fortune 500 food and  agriculture corporations implementing these disruptive technologies.

The Innovation Summit includes an Innovation Showcase featuring THRIVE Top 50 startups, THRIVE Accelerator companies and alumni as well as panels and fireside chats covering topics such as blockchain, indoor/vertical farming, biotechnology and automated agriculture.







8:00 am – 6:30 pm


Santa Clara University

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2019 keynote speaker

Beth Ford, CEO, Land O’Lakes

Beth Ford is the 9th President and Chief Executive Officer at Land O’Lakes, Inc., a role she was named to July 26, 2018. Ford was named President and CEO by Land O’Lakes board of directors after a series of successful executive postings within the company since she joined in 2011.

Most recently, as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Land O’Lakes Businesses. Beth was respondible for the Purina Animal Nutrition, U.S. Dairy Foods and WinField United businesses, wich reported 2017 net sales totaling $14 billion.

2019 speakers

  • Arama Kukutai
    Arama Kukutai Managing Partner, Finistere Ventures
  • Aidan Connolly
    Aidan Connolly President, Alltech/ AgriTech Capital
  • Ayal Karmi
    Ayal Karmi COO, Taranis Ag
  • Neal Gutterson
    Neal Gutterson CTO, Corteva Argiscience
  • Walt Duflock
    Walt Duflock Managing Partner, SVG Partners, THRIVE
  • Daniel Koppel
    Daniel Koppel CEO, Prospera
  • Mareese Keane
    Mareese Keane Platform Director, THRIVE
  • Rob Dongoski
    Rob Dongoski Partner, Global Agribusiness Leader, EY
  • Ryan Barr
    Ryan Barr Sr. Director - Information Technology, E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • Adam Bergman
    Adam Bergman Senior Vice President, CleanTech Banking & Head of AgTech Practice, Wells Fargo
  • Vonnie Estes
    Vonnie Estes Vice President of Technology, Produce Marketing Association
  • Maciej Kranz
    Maciej Kranz VP/GM Corporate Strategic Innovation, Cisco
  • Karsten Temme
    Karsten Temme CEO, Pivot Bio
  • Poornima Parameswaran
    Poornima Parameswaran Ph.D, CO-Founder, Trace Genomics
  • Greg Young
  • Michael Chrisenten
    Michael Chrisenten Director of Global R&D Technical Services - Driscoll’s
  • John Hartnett
    John Hartnett CEO, Founder, THRIVE, SVG Partners
  • Laurent Martel
    Laurent Martel Director General, InVivo
  • Lisa Gillmor
    Lisa Gillmor Mayor, City of Santa Clara
  • Claudia Rössler
    Claudia Rössler Director Industry Solutions, Strategic Business Development, Chemical & Agriculture, Microsoft
  • Jonathan Hua
    Jonathan Hua Accelerator Manager
  • Deborah Magid
    Deborah Magid Director, Software Strategy, IBM Ventures
  • Laurie Menoud
    Laurie Menoud Investment Manager, BASF Venture Capital America Inc.
  • Darryl Matthews
    Darryl Matthews Sector Vice President, Natural Resources, Trimble
  • Kunal Prasad
    Kunal Prasad Co-Founder & COO, Cropin Technology Solutions
  • Scott Holmstrom
    Scott Holmstrom Senior Director, Global Product Development, Elanco
  • Britaldo Hernandez
    Britaldo Hernandez CEO, Solinftec
  • Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen
    Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen Venture Partner, Maersk Growth
  • John Ottoboni
    John Ottoboni COO and Senior Legal Council, Santa Clara University
  • Manish Kothari
    Manish Kothari President, SRI Ventures
  • Bill Even
    Bill Even Chief Executive Officer, National Pork Board
  • Chris Kitts
    Chris Kitts Associate Dean of the School of Engineering, Santa Clara University
  • Renato Hersz
    Renato Hersz Director, Solinftec
  • Steve Kaniewski
    Steve Kaniewski CEO, Valmont
  • Wang Liwen
    Wang Liwen Deputy Director-General of the Administrative Committee of Nanjing state-level Agricultural Innovation Park
  • Beth Bechdol
    Beth Bechdol CEO, Agrinovus
  • David Rosenberg
    David Rosenberg CEO, Aerofarms
  • Joe Weber
    Joe Weber EVP Growth and Business Development, Smithlfield
  • Todd Mockler
    Todd Mockler CTO, Benson Hill Biosystems
  • Sherry Phillps
    Sherry Phillps SVP, Forbes Live
  • Teddy Bekele
    Teddy Bekele VP AG Technology, Winfield, Land O’Lakes
  • Minsoo Pak
    Minsoo Pak Principal, EY
  • Kirk Bresniker
    Kirk Bresniker Hewlett Packard Labs Chief Architect, HPE