Look­ing at the fu­ture of agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy in­vest­ment

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

THE 400M AgTech In­vest­ment Fo­rum is an event to in­spire com­pa­nies to think dif­fer­ently, ex­pand on an idea, and ex­plore com­mer­cial po­ten­tial within agri­cul­ture.

The event is set to show­case 12 in­vestor-ready projects, delve into the prac­ti­cal el­e­ments to com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion in Ag, high­light AgTech suc­cess sto­ries and hear from lead­ers in the AgTech space.

Food Lead­ers Aus­tralia CEO Dr Ben Lyons is lead­ing the event, with Land­line presenter Pip Court­ney as MC.

Lead­ing speak­ers in­clude ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor An­drew Kelly from BioPa­cific Part­ners, In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Ex­ec­u­tive for Agribusi­ness Lav­ina Mus­cat from Tel­stra, CEO Chris­tine Pitt from MLA Donor Com­pany, CEO Mike Bri­ers from Food Agility CRC, and many more.

As part of 400M, 12 pitches will be pre­sented, and judged by a panel in­clud­ing Lit­tle Tokyo Two Di­rec­tor Jock Fair­weather, Think Agri Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Kate Burke and SproutX Gen­eral Man­ager Sam Trethewey.

Dr Lyons said in­vestors in the au­di­ence would be look­ing at the op­por­tu­nity to get in on the early stages of these projects’ de­vel­op­ment.

“As one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest re­gions for beef pro­cess­ing and value-adding, this con­fer­ence is po­si­tioned for for­ward-look­ing farm­ers, in­no­va­tors and de­vel­op­ers,” Dr Lyons said.

“For at­ten­dees with ideas in the early stages, they will learn how to present their idea and see what in­vestors are look­ing for and what the in­vest­ment mar­ket is in­ter­ested in.”

The event will be held on May 18 at the Ar­mitage Cen­tre, Empire Theatre.

Visit www.400mfo­rum.com.au for more in­for­ma­tion.

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