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Conference Review: AgReturn Global Investments

Posted on November 29 2012 | Author: Jennifer Kalanda

Earlier this month, Bioenterprise attended the AgReturn Global Investments conference in Chicago, Il. The conference was attended by delegates from agriculture and investment communities, who gathered to discuss investment opportunities and provide a deepened knowledge of the sector.

The conference allocated ample networking opportunities for the intimate attendance, which included 50 speakers from top multinationals, private equity, venture capital firms and entrepreneurs.

Over the course of two days the delegates witnessed a variety of credible presentations that provided a comprehensive look at agriculture as an asset class with opportunities ranging from farmland to food and technology.

Solera Capital who purchased Annie’s Inc. in 2002 opened the conference with a discussion about taking the company public earlier this year; sharing strategies and obstacles. This panel was followed with informative discussions on the soft commodities market, innovations in seed and crop protections and strategies on agriculture investing by investors from institutions, family offices and endowments. Policy related issues and scarcity-driven opportunities in farmland and water were also discussed. The second day of the conference opened with a keynote from Bill Buckner, President & CEO of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation who addressed the importance and demand for investment in agriculture. Buckner was followed by a panel of investors who looked at the key drivers for investment in ag. Panelist, Dan Broderick, President of Global AgTech Investors Network acknowledged the innovation and opportunities taking place here in Canada, as well as mentioning Bioenterprise as a driver of such. Other panels and discussions reviewed the role M&A has played in the sector, strategies for responsible investing, as well as opportunities for investment in Asia and Africa.

Bioenterprise is proud to attend the Agri Innovation Forum in Calgary as sponsor with the Agri Technology Commercialization Centre.  See you there!

Jennifer Kalanda
Events Coordinator

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Tips About Access to Government Funding

Posted on November 19 2012 | Author: Admin

Tips about access to government funding with Dan Mathers (MaRS IAF), Stuart McKeen (FedDev Ontario) and Alex Hodgson (1DegreeBio)

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