JOHNSON CREEK -- Emerging companies in the growing agricultural technology sector may apply to present to potential investors at the 2018 AgTech Venture Day, to be held Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Johnson Creek.
The day-long event in Johnson Creek will bring together companies in fields such as precision farming, food packaging, food safety, organics, resource conservation and other disruptive technologies for pitches to Midwest angel and venture capitalists.
Interested parties may apply at no charge to present. Two-dozen companies will be notified by Aug. 20 if they are selected. Feedback will be provided by the selection panel. Meeting requests for individual companies during the conference will be sent directly to presenting companies.
Register to attend and learn more about the event, speakers and panelists at www.agtechday.com. The conference will be held at the Comfort Suites Johnson Creek Conference Center.
Hosted by Golden Angels Investors, one of the Midwest's largest angel networks, the conference is sponsored by Johnson Creek, Investors Community Bank, BDO, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, 4490 Ventures, Cultivian Sandbox, Open Prairie, the Wisconsin Technology Council, Husch Blackwell, First Business Bank/Trusts & Investments, Godfrey Kahn and Quandt Berndt Company.
A morning panel discussion on "AgTech Investing in 2018: Insights from Experts" will be led by Chris Prestigiacomo, private markets portfolio manager for SWIB and feature seasoned investors in the sector. An afternoon panel on "Success Stories for AgTech Entrepreneurs" will feature three regional entrepreneurs. Presenting companies will present in two tracks.
"The amount and intensity of innovation in agricultural technology right now is leading to a new "Green Revolution" while transforming a vital legacy sector for Wisconsin and the Midwest," Tim Keane, director of Golden Angels Investors, said. "Those opportunities are increasingly attracting the attention of qualified investors who help emerging companies to grow."