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Global Agripreneurs Summit
Solving the Food Puzzle

March 12th-15th, 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa

Address: 161 Maude St, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

The Global Agripreneurs Summit is a one-of-a-kind vibrant event that showcases the latest innovations in Food, AgTech, and Agriculture as international visionaries face-off on a global stage. The event brings together agripreneurs, farmers, investors, industry leaders, implementers and international media.

Cocktail Evening at the premises of Natural Evolution

Hear the award winning journey of Rob & Krista Watkins


Networking Opportunity

Fireside Chat with the Judges

Registration & Pitch Check

Light lunch on arrival

Welcome: Christine Doan, Founder, Startup & Innovation Tablelands

Pitching Battle 1

Speaker: Fabian Gallo, HTM Complete "Advancing Farm Management"

Pitch Battle 2

Afternoon Tea

Pitch Battle 3

Speaker: Alistair Hart, Mangoesmapping "Using Drones for AG"

Speaker: Erica Blumson, Farmer Meets the Foodie

Speaker: Jeffrey Schrale, ANZ Agribusiness Manager

Final Pitch Judging

Winners from each round will face the judge for final questions

Public Q&A

Sunset Drinks and Networking

Future Agro Challenge Celebration Dinner

Final Speeches

Special Guest Speech from Sam Trethewey from SproutX

Winner Announcement

Welcome Party and Fireside Chat

Located on-site at the Costa Farming premises. Costa is Australia’s leading grower, packer and marketer of premium quality fresh fruit and vegetables. Hear the Costa Farming story and get up close and personal with the five FAC 2018 judges.
Costa Farm, 104 Beantree Road, Atherton

Pitching Competition

Hosted at North Queensland’s first and only distillery and one of the premier attractions on the Atherton Tablelands, Mt Uncle Distillery. Hear from incredible speakers throughout the day, including last year’s Australian and Global FAC winner, David Davies from AgUnity.
Mt Uncle Distillery, 1819 Chewko Road, Walkamin

End of Pitching Competition

End of Welcome Party and Fireside Chat

Winner Announcement and Celebration Dinner

Hosted at the Yungaburra Hotel with special guest speaker Larry Lopez. Larry has spent most of the past 25 years involved in projects that enable innovation. He has deep experience in technology finance having spent 17 years at Silicon Valley Bank. Larry is the director of several technology-related private companies and venture capital funds, and sits on a number of not for profit boards in Australia and the United States.
Yungaburra Pub, 6 Kehoe Place, Yungaburra

End of Celebration Dinner

Pitch Training

Exchange with Bekoutou Karmel, FAC Chad Winner 2017


Selection Pitch Preparation

Selection Pitch

FAC Chad National Champions


Welcome Address

Keynote Speaker

National FAC Battles

Winner Announcement


Welcome Address

Battle 1



Battle 2

Case Study

Battle 3

Award Ceremony

Closing Remarks


Official Opening

Mavroudis Voridis, Minister of Rural Development and Food of the Hellenic Republic

Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

Carla Tanas, Co-Founder of ID-GC, Future Agro Challenge



Mavroudis Voridis, Minister of Rural Development and Food of the Hellenic Republic

Petros Efthymiou, former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe).

FAC Global Championships Jury Session (Invite Only)


Blockchain: Creating the Food Supply Chains of the Future

Blockchain in food supply chains and agriculture is estimated to be USD 60.8 million in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 429.7 million by 2023. Blockchain also helps to keep tabs on abundant commodities and reduce cases of illegal harvesting and shipping frauds.  The United Nations reveals that food frauds cost the global economy around $40 billion per year because of illicit trades. Transparency and food integrity become a solution through this technology revolutionizing the industry through procurement tracking, crop and food control, weather crisis control, and managing agricultural finance?  How does this influence data and real time management and enhance the role of the farmer? How can the consumer check the quality of food before they eat it? Could tracking information about our food become our near future?  How do we address the challenges regarding blockchain technology, such as business implications and cost benefit limitations, due to the complexity of the technology?  What regulatory constraints are we facing?


  • Christopher Brewster, Senior Scientist at TNO, and Professor in the Application of Emerging Technologies at the Institute of Data Science, Maastricht University
  • David Davies, Founder and CEO at AgUnity, Winner of the 2018 Future Agro Challenge Global Championships
  • Erol User, President and CEO, User Corporation
  • Augustas Alesiunas, CEO

Could the Cloud and Quantum Computing Help Feed the World?

The fusion of agriculture and technology is changing how food is created.  All over the world, software developers, data scientists, agronomists and farmers are joining forces to enhance food production with the use of technology and especially the cloud, sometimes with very dramatic results.  Quantum computer,” a totally mind-bending machine that takes advantage of the fact that tiny particles like electrons can be in many states at once — not just a “one” or a “zero” but everything in between would allow you to more quickly and accurately analyze catalytic processes among other problems like it with equally large impacts.  For example, scientists and engineers have been working for decades to improve this process of fertilizers by experimenting with different catalysts, but little progress has been made because there are so many possibilities – a nearly infinite number.  With the use of quantum computers these challenges no longer take centuries to achieve, rather a few experimentations.


  • Ioannis Athanasiadis, Associate Professor at Wageningen University
  • Claudia Mauresan – Policy Officer, Space Data unit of the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), European Commission
  • Vladimir Crnojević - Director of the BioSense Institute
  • Moderator: Apostolos Maggariadis, Political Correspondent for SKAI TV and Editor-in-Chief of HISTORIES

Networking Break

AI & Robotics: Opportunities and challenges from farm to fork

An overview and update of the agrifood automation market, its challenges, opportunities and developments in AI & Robotic technology that will affect the industry over the next years.  What is available in terms of technologies nowadays?  How to apply clever automation strategies and deep learning for smart data collection?  What successful advances and remaining challenges are rising in order to wide-scale adoption? How do you scale automation and robotics?  What should we start planning for in 2030 in supply chain innovation?

  • Andrew Bate, Founder of SwarmFarm Robotics and Director of Bendee Farming Queensland, Australia
  • Sotiris Bantas, Founder and CEO Centaur Analytics
  • Nuria Garcia, AI and Robotics for AgriFood Programme at Eurecat
  • Deepak Pareek, Serial Technopreneur in Agritech companies (see if he changes from big diata to here)
  • Yahoel Essen, Founder of Eleos Robotic
  • Moderator: Spyros Fountas, Editor-in-Chief in the ELSEVIER journal “Computers and Electronics in Agriculture and Associate Professor at Agricultural University of Athens, Department of Natural Resources Management and Agricultural Engineering


How are Corporates Advancing Agriculture for the Future Farmer 4.0?

A number of global trends are influencing food security, poverty, and the overall sustainability of food and agricultural systems. To meet these challenges will require a concerted effort by governments, investors, and innovative agricultural technologies.  How fast are corporates reacting to the exponential change in the global food chain?  Are they adapting well?  What new models have they strategically incorporated to keep up with fast changing trends?  What advances will we foresee in the food supply chain now and in the future?  What new models will the food logistics industry absorb?  How do we see relationships between corporations and small-scale farmers transforming?


  • Christina Legaki, President and General Manager, Corteva
  • Athanassios Savvakis, President, Federation of Industries of Greece
  • Svetlana BOYANOVA - Institute for Agrostrategies and Innovation
  • Anagnostis Argiriou - Senior Scientist, Deputy Director
  • Moderator: Cecilia Wessinger, Community Manager, Kauffman Foundation


Networking Break

Proteins for the Future

The first generation alternative proteins are products based on soy. The second generation of alternatives are selling the value proposition of bringing to the market a plant-based product that looks like meat. Insects are an additional source of natural proteins, in addition to sufficient minerals.  Cultured meat, meanwhile, is a fairly new concept that refers to the concept of meat, but is produced via cell structure, rather than from a slaughtered animal. While animal protein sources, such as meat, poultry, eggs, fish and dairy, are considered complete protein sources, containing all the amino acids needed for optimal bodily function how is the livestock industry working to improve its environmental impact?  What does the future of protein look like?


  • Xavier Marcenac – CEO of Nasekomo (animal feed)
  • Daniela Arias – CTO of CRIC (alternative protein food consumption)
  • Benjamina Bollav – Co-Founder and CEO of Higher Steaks (cultured meat)

Gala (Invite Only & Investor Special Ticket for All Days)

VIP B2B Registration (Invite Only & Investor Special Ticket)

VIP B2B (Invite Only & Investor Special Ticket)

End of VIP B2B

Registration Day 3 (public)

Agritech in the Anthropocene

This talk will discuss the current state of climate breakdown and the implications for the use of technology in agriculture and food production. Rapid climate change including collapse of usual weather patterns is resulting in extreme drought and floods across many food producing regions including within Europe. We will discuss how priorities need to change in this context to help ensure human survival. This also may necessitate a rethink of the nature and form of innovation. Data driven climate smart agriculture is one such approach where we take the priorities of agroecology and agroforestry as primary, and seek to identify what role a range of agritech technologies can play to support environmentally sustainable agricultural production. A range of existing and emerging technologies will be discussed from this perspective. We expect our approach to provoke a debate on the prioritisation of investment choices in specific technologies, as well forcing a rethink of our approach to ICT in the agrifood sector.


  • Christopher Brewster, Senior Scientist at TNO, and Professor in the Application of Emerging Technologies at the Institute of Data Science, Maastricht University.


New Financing Models for Agribusiness and the Food Industry

  • Carlina Toledo, Founder of Credifomento
  • Omar Warraich, Founder of Go Agrimart
  • Natalie Miller, Founder of GreenFingers Mobile
  • Paul Kidner, People’s Trust
  • Ioannis Chaniotakis, Senior Director Agricultural Sector, Piraeus Bank

Sub-Sahara Africa: Is its potential feasible by 2030?

There are two truths today about African agriculture: significant progress has been made, and there is potential for much more.  Yet there is vast room for improvement. Africa remains a net importer of food, although it has 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land. As its population has doubled overall and tripled in urban areas in the past 30 years, agricultural production and food security have struggled to keep pace. Africa is the only continent where the absolute number of undernourished people has increased over the past 30 years.  Africa will have a population of 2 billion by 2050, and agriculture will be central to feeding all of those people. Agricultural transformation must build social cohesion, create beneficial continental trade, provide a platform for global exports, and, most importantly, help create millions of jobs while pulling subsistence farmers out of poverty.  Transforming the agricultural value chain must take place at three leves – farmer, market, and cluster – will this be feasible by 2030?


  • Agata, Managing Partner at DEV Mozambique
  • Apeh Omede, CEO and Co-Founder at The Greenrise Innovation Hub Nigeria Limited
  • Alhousseini Tambo Djibo, CEO of Empower SME’s
  • Hamed Besheti, Founder of Boreal Light GmbH
  • Flo Mosoane, CEO of Foodmakers Africa

Asia: Could the rural economy reinvent new opportunities?

An economic transformation has occurred in much of rural Asia translating into dietary shifts.  The rural economy has increasingly linked to a rapidly integrating world economy and rural Asia faces new opportunities and challenges. Due to the region's rapid growth, a productive rural economy is the best safety net for the rural poor.  The failures of agricultural and rural public policies have led to the marginalisation, if not the exclusion, of rural areas from development processes.  Today, it is clear that migratory phenomena are the ultimate consequences of these complex situations of poverty and unequal access to wealth, combined with political conflicts.  How is Asia reinventing its rural economy?  How can agripreneurship provide an opportunity to rebuilding the rural economy?


  • Carl Pray, Director of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economic Department at Rutgers University
  • Deepak Pareek, Serial Technopreneur of many agritech companies
  • Omar Majid Warraich, Founder, GO AGRIMART(Pvt) Ltd.
  • Andre Laperriere– Executive Director at the Global Open Data Initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition
  • Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy General Manager at Berytech
  • Hayk Asriyants, CEO of Tbilisi Startup Bureau

Latin America: Rural wealth, agripreneurship, and conflict

A global economic growth fuelled by accessible and cheap resources provides opportunities for many Latin American countries.  Increased migration changes and displacement is leading a redesign of benefits where governments are tempted to inflate away debt to reduce social inequality.  How can agripreneurship contribute to this economical shift and would could this be translated into?


  • Luis Salazar, Founder at Investa VB
  • Emmanuel Gutierrez, Chief Educational Consultant
  • Carlina Toledo, Founder of Credifomento

Frontier Markets and Their Current Role in the Future Farmer 4.0

Australia, North America, Europe and the GCC are taking lead in the agrifood innovation scene.  As frontier markets what role are they playing for the future farmer 4.0, the consumer, and all stakeholders involved?

Workshop: Funding for Agtech Startups: Bridging needs with opportunities

Are you looking for funding for your agtech startup? From product development to global market expansion and for frontier technologies such as (but not limited to) blockchain, robotics and earth obvervation, EU funding is available for startups and SMEs of the agtech and food tech sector. Also a pan-European network of digital innovation hubs, SmartAgriHubs is offering more than funding, including links with investors, business services and access to farmers. Join us to learn about funding opportunities but also to participate in the design of future funding schemes.
This session is a joint activity of the following H2020 projects: SmartAgriHubs PARSEC, agROBOfood, BLOCK.IS, DIVA
  • Danijel Pavlica
  • Maria Vogiatzi
  • Xenophon Tsilibaris
  • Grigoris Chatzikostas
  • Harald Sundmaeker

Leaders Debate: AI & Robotics and the Role of the Farmer

The aim of this debate is to showcase the fundamental roles of the Future Farmer 4.0 and what this will mean?  With AI & Robotics supporting much of the farmers daily tasks, we begin to define which of these tasks can be substituted, those that need be complimentary with AI & Robotics, and those that must remain as the role of the farmer (if any).

For the sake of a debate, we plan to have two sides, those who may substantiate that the future role of the farmer will be substituted by AI & Robotics and those that may substantiate that the role of the farmer must not be substituted.

Announcement of the 'Agripreneur of the Year 2019'

Leaders Debate: Synthetic Biology or Regenerative Agriculture?

The aim of this debate is to showcase the relative merits of each approach and discuss the opportunities and threats of a multifaceted global discussion signifying if the powerful cocktail of gene-editing, microbials, and synthetic biology will create the necessary opportunities to feed the growing population by 2050 or may regenerative agriculture do the same?


Innovation Marketplace

Big Data: Empowering the farmer and the shift in the supply chain

Big Data is expect to have a large impact on Smart Farming and involves the whole supply chain.  Smart sensors and devices produce big amounts of data that provide unprecedented decision-making capabilities.  What is major shifts are expected in roles and power relations among traditional and non-traditional players.  How is the farmer being empowered?  What does this mean for corporations and consumers?


  • Andrew Laperriere, Executive Directors at the Global Open Data Initiative for Agriculture and Nutrition
  • David Blazevski, Founder of Fresh Agriculture Technologies
  • Matteo Vanotti, xfarm
  • Stavros Tekes, CTO of Agroapps

The Trust Barometer: How and Why the Food System Should Be Transformed

With a clear climate crisis and a rate of over 30% of global GHG emissions due to food production, it is high time to make our food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted. To meet these challenges and create a strong agrifood industry we need to know not only the existing reality, but also what consumers want and need and how we can build their trust in the food sector. This transformation will be achieved focusing on innovation, education, entrepreneurship and joint efforts. So we need to reflect - Are we making the right choices? Do we know how to make the right choices? – and – Can we deploy the technologies to create better food solutions for human and planet health?


  • Begona Perez-Villarreal, EIT Food Innovation Hub for Southern Europe

The Greek Primary Sector: issues and challenges

Greek primary sector Is contributing the 3% of the Gross Domestic Program. It Is double the EU average. Still, there Is room for further development, especially In the exports contribution. Based on the aforementioned research from Διανέοσις, distinguished members of the Industry comment on that and on the new model to be Implemented.


  • Alkis Alexandrou, Deputy General Manager of Agricultural Sector, Piraeus Bank
  • Konstantinos Baginetas, General Secretary of Agriculture Policy & Management of European Funds
  • Emmanouil Dermitzakis, Professor of Genetics, University of Geneva; Director, Health 2030 Genome Center
  • Moderator: Nektarios Notis, Founder at Notice Content and Services


Modern International Practices in Sustainable Rural Development

The agri-food sector is an important driver of development at the regional and local level. How do local and regional food systems relate to the circular economy? What are the challenges for societies and the environment? What is the role of the state and what is the role of private initiative? Good examples both internationally and in our country present opportunities for learning and inspiration and harness the agri-food sector’s potential in further contributing to the sustainability of local communities.

  • Antheia Kotsi, Art Curator and organizer of Lemnos Philema Gastronomy & Wine Festival
  • Carl Pray, Professor of Rutgers university, Director of Agricultural, Food and Recource Economic Department)
  • Prodromos Kalaitzis, Policy advisor, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania
  • Jessica Fealy, Board Director with Northern Gulf Resource Management Group; Advisor at Agrifutures Australia and Regional Economies Centre of Excellence
  • Moderator: Effie Lazaridou,

The Case for a Stronger Common Agricultural Policy for Climate Action

  • Konstantinos Skrekas, Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Foodstuff
  • Konstantinos-Evaggelos Aravosis, General Secretary of Natural Environment and Water, Ministry of Rural Development an Food
  • Angeliki Kosmopoulou, Executive Director A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation
  • Moderator: Nikos Ypofantis, Journalist, SKAI TV

Innovative Food Waste Solutions

World Hunger is on the rise; yet, an estimated one-third of all food produced globally is lost or goes to waste.  Food loss refers to any food that is lost in the supply chain between the producer and the market. This may be the result of pre-harvest problems, such as pest infestations, or problems in harvesting, handling, storage, packing or transportation. Some of the underlying causes of food loss include the inadequacy of infrastructure, markets, price mechanisms or even the lack of legal frameworks. Food waste, on the other hand, refers to the discarding or alternative (non-food) use of food that is safe and nutritious for human consumption.  We all have a part to play in reducing food loss and waste, not only for the sake of the food but for the resources that go into it.  What innovations and technologies do we have in hand to accelerate this process?


  • Raisa Segura – R&D Coordinator of Ento Piruw (food waste)
  • Olumayowa Salu – Founder of FoodHubs Preservative Store Limited (post harvest)
  • Aikaterini Kandiliari, Prosper
  • Kiki Zinoviadou, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology
  • Moderator: Vee Bougani, CEO Sustainable Food Movement

Females in Agrifood: How to work for a gender-smart system?

Women play key roles as entrepreneurs and in the workforce throughout the agri-food systems. Yet, despite these contributions and their significant influence on household nutrition and wellbeing, women generally have less voice in decision making at multiple scales and face more severe constraints than men in accessing information, financial and technical services, and markets. The reorganization of the agrifood system in both the global North and South contexts demonstrates how new developments in family farming and industrial agriculture (particularly concerning labour), as well as the emergence of new alternative forms of farming, go along with shifts in gender relations and identities which may or may not provide opportunities for the empowerment of women.  How can we work for a gender-smart system?


  • Irina Taka, Vice President EVYP LLP
  • Machi Simeonidou, Managing Director at Draxis
  • Katerina Pramatari, Partner at
  • Agata, Managing Partner at DEV Mozambique
  • Goretti Cortina, Partnerships Coordinator at the LadyAgri Impact Investment Hub
  • Moderator: Cecilia Wessinger, Community Manager, Kauffman Foundation

Agrifood, Culture and Tourism: regional development in Greece

What are the challenges and opportunities for the agrifood sector as a key driver for rural development in Greece? How can food production systems intertwine with culture, tourism and gastronomy while creating value for local communities? What role can PDO and PGI products play in rural development? What are the prospects for agrotourism and gastronomy tourism in Greece?

  • Gianna Balafouti, Professor of Gastronomy
  • Vicky Krystallidou, Agronomist, Project Leader ‘‘Sheep & Goat Farming’’
  • Serko Haroutounian, Vice Rector, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences and Aquaculture, School of Agricultural Production, Infrastructure and Environment, Lab. of Nutritional Physiology and Feeding
  • Stavros Benos, President of Diazoma
  • Moderator: Nana Darioti, Journalist


Networking Break

The Role of Financial Diplomacy in Empowering Extroversion

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, responsible for financial diplomacy and extroversion, talks about promoting economic diplomacy as a key pillar for growth, employment and export enhancement, as well as, the proposals for implementing a national extroversion strategy and the perspectives of Greek agricultural products.


  • Konstantinos Fragkogiannis, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Networking Break

A New Model of Cooperation for the Primary Sector

Presentation of a study that was developd from the research and analytics organization "διανέοσις".  (, In May 2019

  • Marianna Skylakaki, Founder & Editor at aθηΝΕΑ

EIT Food Demo Day

Welcome speech by Michalis Stangos
Presentation EiT Food / Joseph Gridley, RIS Business Development Manager EiT Food
Pitch of 10 finalists (3’ pitch for each start-up) & evaluation
“The Future Agro-challenge Initiative”, Carla Tanas, co-founder FAC, ID-GC

Sustainable Agriculture as a Way Forward

In agriculture, sustainability is a complex idea with many facets, including the economic (a sustainable farm should be a profitable business that contributes to a robust economy), the social (it should deal fairly with its workers and have a mutually beneficial relationship with the surrounding community), and the environmental.  A key theme connecting many of these practices is diversification; however, can sustainable agriculture be a feasible way forward?


  • Spyros Kouvelis, Program Director, Sustainable Development Goals Center on Goals Center on Governance & Public Law
  • Chrysoula Michailov, Post Doctorate Researcher, Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (H.F.R.I) Research Programme
  • Irina Taka, Vice President EVYP LLP
  • Christos Stamatis, CEO Stevia Hellas Cooperative

Best Corporate Practices in Sustainable Agriculture

CEO of Athenian Brewery, Heineken’s subsidiary, sheds light about the barley contract program, cooperation with Greek farmers and the initiatives on sustainable sourcing


  • Alexandros Daniilidis, CEO of Athenian Brewery
  • Moderator: Apostolos Magiriadis, Political Correspondence, SKAI TV


Registration - (doors officially open to all attendees)

Welcome Address

  • Mr. Himmet Karadağ - Borsa Istanbul Chairmain of the Board and CEO,Board Member & Steering Committee
  • Carla Tanas, Co-Founder of Industry Disruptors Game Changers and Future Agro Challenge

Blockchain: The Future of Global Agricultural Supply Chains

Emma Weston will share how the agriculture industry is using blockchain, and the challenges ahead for this segment of the industry.  She will offer insight about transparency, real time management, and improved access to finance.  She will also touch on the challenges including connecting the technology to viable business models.

Food Safety, Quality,& Innovation with Next Generation Sequencing

Sasan Amini's talk will be focused on describing how food safety, quality, and innovation systems can be transformed using next generation technology platform, coupled with data science. Compared to conventional technologies, this powerful combination has the potential to significantly improve the scalability and accessibility of food safety and quality measures and accelerate food innovations.


Uncovering Cutting-Edge Innovations from Around the World

Hear new cutting edge innovations that are crawling up the ladder to disrupt the agrifood industry.

Gene Editing in Agrifood: Its Promise and Prospects

Alison Van Eenennaam will discuss how precision breeding using gene editing has the potential to produce crops and livestock that are better adapted to pressing problems such as disease, drought, and climate change in agricultural production systems. Researchers have already used this tool to develop plants and animals that are more resilient, and globally much promising research is being undertaken by public institutions and small companies. The challenge for the gene editing community will be to communicate the importance of this technology to develop more sustainable agricultural production systems. Gene editing frequently does not involve the introduction of novel DNA sequences and these products are indistinguishable to those produced through de novo processes. As a result there is uncertainty as to how the products of gene editing should be regulated, and scientists globally are increasingly pushing for regulation based on any unique risk(s) of the product, rather than regulation solely triggered by the use of gene editing.

Lunch Networking

FAC Global Championships 3rd & 4th Place

AI & Robotics: the Next Generation of Farmers

Theo De Jager, President of the World Farmers Organisation will share viewpoints about the future of farmers and how they will feed the growing population.  He will give insight on what will robotics & AI mean to youth employment; what skill sets will this include; what will they be seeking (and what do they currently seek); how willing are they to innovate; how fast are they adopting to new technology)?

Creating Result Oriented Policies in the Food Supply Chain

Mario Arvelo, Chairperson of the Committee of World Food Security (CFS) will shed light on how we can create result oriented policies vs prescriptive policies as today's agricultural's industry is turning into a high-tech industry, as the growing number of agricultural startups and investors indicate.  Gaps in the market creating products that really talk to today’s consumer or the things that today’s consumer is interested in.  Each region encounters different challenges, agriculture is a complex industry you must consider culture, education, experience and politics in many cases.

FAC Global Championships 1st & 2nd Place

Panel: New Funding Structures in the Agrifood Industry

An intensive panel discussion around various sources of financing and funds in the agrifood sector including new models and assessing traditional ones.  We will also learn about the appetite from investors and corporates.

FAC Global Championships Award Ceremony

Ask the Experts: Stakeholder Questions about Gene-Editing

An interactive discussion of key stakeholders who will challenge the experts on gene editing.  The questions we are all asking!

Coffee Networking

Designing Collective Intelligence for Food & Agriculture

The PC and mobile computing -that we all are familiar with- have disrupted many aspects of life. Some academics claim that we have already entered a new era of computing known ascollective computing. The key differentiating characteristic of this era is the direct and mass participation of a large crowd of people -through web platforms- that are ready to complete a variety of tasks, ranging from simple (such as annotating an image) to more complex (such as thinking of new product). The term collective intelligence is a related term that links the infrastructure (computing) with human capabilities in a large scale. Inspired from these trends and in collaboration with Future Agro Challenge, Javed Khan will present a novel platform -designed in Eindhoven University of Technology- that tries to translate these trends into meaningfully addressing the needs of the food and agro industry on a global scale.

Exclusive B2B Session - (VIP attendees only)

An exclusive session between startups, investors, and corporates specially designed for new partnership opportunities.


Event Description (please click here)

Future Agro Challenge is the largest global initiative that discovers fundable food, agtech, agrotourism and agriculture innovators from around the world.

This year, with the support from Tbilisi Startup Bureau, GITA, and Beeline, Georgia is joining Future Agro Challenge! The Georgian National Championship will take place on May 10-12, at Tech Park (7 Innovation Street, Okrokana, Tbilisi).

Here are this year’s challenge categories: Agro Logistics // Agro Tourism // Agroforestry // Animal Protein // Animal Husbandry // Dairy Alternatives // Drones and Robots // Education (Food/Agriculture) // Farm Management Software // Farmers Incomes // Food E-Commerce // Food Preservation // Food Science // Food Traceability and Safety // Health and Wellness // Indoor Agriculture // Manufacturing // Warehousing// Marketplaces // Material Science // New Farms // Nutrition // Packaging and Design // Precision Agriculture // Predictive Data Analytics // Sensors // Smart Irrigation // Snacks and Beverages // Waste Technology

Applications are already open at

The chosen applicants will be invited to participate in a 48-hour hackathon on May 10-12 or to directly pitch at the finals on May 12, where the national winner will be selected from the hackathon participants and finalists.

The National winner will gain access to world class mentors, investors, potential clients, and new market opportunities at the FAC Global Championship, a highlight event at the Global Agripreneurs Summit in Thessaloniki, Greece, on September 7-11, 2019.

Future Agro Challenge Georgia’s partners are Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom South Caucasus,Caucasus University, ISET - International School of Economics, Agro Solutions, Wolt, Agri Copter, Gogra, Georgian Farmers’ Association, and Enterprise Georgia.

Media partners are,, Forbes Georgia, Indigo, and Palitra News.

© Photo by Giorgi Shermazanashvili (Shermazana)

FAC Germany Championships (1.5hrs)

The FAC Germany Championships will take place within “Die INITIALE”.

The full Die INITIALE event is from 10 am to 6 pm, the FAC Germany Championships will take place from 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Innovation Coaching Camp

The Innovator Coaching Camp will offer 50 select innovators insight on their ideas and ventures. Mentors and jury members will closely listen and evaluate innovator business models and strategies. In addition, a select mentor pool will join to offer inspiring talks and focused workshops.

(Invite Only)

One to One Investor Session

A private session where select investors will meet our 50 world-class innovators through a matchmaking process.

(Invite Only)

Innovation Marketplace

The Innovation Marketplace will run for two full days at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) where agripreneurs will showcase their ventures to the public.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn of the new upcoming innovations disrupting the food and agriculture industry while at the same time meet the innovators behind the idea!

To attend please register at here

3rd FAC Global Championships

FAC Global Championships is a high energy event where the top finalists will face-off on a global stage to receive the title “Agripreneur of the Year”. Innovators will battle in front of a live audience and jury where the unordinary happens!

To attend please register here

Innovation Marketplace

The Innovation Marketplace will run for two full days at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) where agripreneurs will showcase their ventures to the public.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn of the new upcoming innovations disrupting the food and agriculture industry while at the same time meet the innovators behind the idea!

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Innovation Coaching Camp

The Innovator Coaching Camp will offer 50 select innovators insight on their ideas and ventures. Mentors and jury members will closely listen and evaluate innovator business models and strategies. In addition, a select mentor pool will join to offer inspiring talks and focused workshops.

(Invite Only)


The sessions will take place weekly, every Tuesday, at 14.00 - 16.00 CET / 15.00 - 17.00 EET, from March 1st - May 17th



Finalists Exhibition and Networking Lunch

Keynote: Adrian Lim, Director of BLOCK71 Jakarta

Keynote: David Soukhasing, Head of ANGIN

Battle 1: Pitch battle among 4 startups


Battle 2: Pitch battle among 6 startups


Winner Announcement

Photo Taking Opportunity

Closing Remarks and Networking

FAC Lebanon National Championships

FAC Madagascar National Champions

Opening Ceremony

  • Professor Doutar Orlando Quilambo - His Excellency Rector of UEM
  • S. Exica Max Tonela - Ministry of Industry and Commerce
  • Dr. Francisco Antonio Souto - PCE da Gapi - SI
  • Mrs. Elena Vali - Future Agro Challenge Mozambique

Keynotes: Sharing of Entrepreneurial Experiences in Agribusiness


  • Dr. Mohamed Vola - National Director of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Mr. Romeu Rodrigues - Investor
  • Mrs. Anila Mussa - Founder, IzyShop
  • Mr. Jorge Correia - Founder & CEO, Do Chefe "A Panela"
  • Farmer School - I am by Mozambique


Panel : Financial Instruments for Competitiveness

  • IFAD, FSD, World Bank
  • USAID, Gapi - SI, Barclays

Moderator: AMSCO

Coffee Break

Networking Lunch

Future Agro Challenge National Competition

16 companies will compete for the title of Agripreneur of the Year & Youth Agripreneur of the Year

Award Ceremony and Closing

Minister of Science, Technology, Higher Education and Technical Training will award the winners.

Networking Registration

Welcome Address by Organizers

FAC Representative Welcome Remarks

Partner Welcome Remarks

Panel: Entrepreneurship in Niger, Myth or Reality?

Tax aspect (Mousulmi Malam Sita/AN2C)

Institutional aspect (Ali Ousmane/ Chambre de commerce )

ICT-Women and Entrepreneurship (Rabiatou MOUSSA/ WFP)

Facilitator : Abba Abdoulmajid

Coffee Break

FAC Semi-Finals

FAC National Finals

FAC National Awards

Future Agro Challenge Peru National Championships

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Agripreneurship and Role Models

FAC Experience

Meet an Agripreneur

Empowering Youth

Panel 1: Importance of Mentorship

Why and How to be an Angel Investor


Panel 2: Potentials and Challenges of Agripreneurship in Sudan

Welcome & Breakfast

Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks will be made by

  • Endeavor Turkey, Didem Altop, Managing Director
  • Kok Projekt, Semi Hakim, Co-Founder
  • Future Agro Challenge, Carla Tanas, Co-Founder
  • Akbank, TBC

Panel I: Cleantech

Coffee Break

Panel II: Agripreneurship


Panel III: Food Entrepreneurship

FAC Turkey Championships

Closing Remarks

Keynote: Timur Topalgokceli, Energy Economist & Entrepreneur


FAC USA National Competition

meet the Global Leaders

Adrien Henry


Moringa Fund

Candace Johnson

Johnson Paradigm Ventures

Francois Ameguide

Greentech Capital Partners

Judith Munyurwa

Databank Agrifund Manager

Omar Rifai

Standard Chartered Bank

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meet the Global Agripreneurs

Through our experience in FAC we managed to sell our milk liner to our first formal client.  We have been contacted by all the big players of the Chilean industry; distributors, huge dairies, veterinarians, etc. We are negotiating with providers to produce our master batch and organizing all the operations with the JV with the Argentinian manufacturer to satisfy this demand. And the media attention keeps on going!”

Nicolas Morelli, Vacuch, FAC Global Champions Winner 2016


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