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Join us in-person or online to learn from and network with our hand-picked lineup of outstanding startups, as well as top ag/food tech investors, strategics, professional service firms, solution providers and other experts. 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,


I am so pleased that we are finally hosting another in-person (and online) Ag|Food Tech Workshop at Bonny Doon. It's been too long!  


We have interviewed many excellent startup/project candidates, and we have confirmed the 14 exciting ones listed above across a spectrum of business models. 


The other half of the program consists of 4 key subject matter discussion panels, with quite a few industry leaders speaking:



R & D: Is Discovery Outstripping Development in SynBio? 

Ron Meeusen, Cultivian Sandbox (Moderator)

Gregory Yep, IFF

John Hamer, DCVC

Christopher J. Guske, Ph.D, D2 Biotech Consulting



Decommoditization in the Ag and Food Value Chain

Max Clegg, Louis Dreyfus Company Innovations (Moderator)

Camille Bamford, Plenty

Seana Day, Better Food Ventures

Gil Shalev, Equinom



Innovation in Regenerative Agriculture

Josh Hofheimer, Sidley (Moderator)

Ted Barber, Danone

Harold Schmitz, March Fund

Jim Schultz, Open Prairie



Modes of Collaboration between Startups and Large Corporates

Sarah Williams, Rich Products 

David Pierson, Syngenta

Mike Wilbur, Wilbur Ellis

Randall Wilkinson, Wilkinson Baking Company




The in-person Workshop will be held at my mountain retreat in Bonny Doon, near Santa Cruz. Those of you who have come before know that it is a beautiful natural environment ideal for relaxed discussions, located in a clearing in the redwood forest, with gardens and orchards, and overlooking my pond. Socializing will be enhanced by lots of breaks, fruit picking, walks around the pond, and at the end of the day a wine and beer reception, live music and a hearty dinner.  


In order to allow time for networking during the main event, we will be asking the startups to make their long-form presentations online on during the week of April 25, in advance of the main event. All attendees will have the opportunity to watch these presentations live or thru video recordings, and then one person from each startup will be asked to attend in-person, make a brief demo and answer questions during main event


In-person attendance is limited to about 40 persons (other than the speakers). Sign up early to secure your spot!


Online attendees will have access to all the presentations through Zoom. We will have a camera crew, monitors, speakers and microphones in the main meeting room to produce the online program and permit online presenters to appear on screen. Online attendees will be able to ask questions through the Zoom chat function. Presentations will be recorded and made available to all attendees.


IN VIEW OF THE OMICRON VARIANT SITUATION, FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR ATTENDEES AND YOUR PEACE OF MIND WE WILL BE ASKING ALL IN-PERSON ATTENDEES TO PROVIDE US WITH PROOF OF VACCINATION. MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL DURING OUR MEETINGS.


Looking forward to seeing you at Bonny Doon (or online)!




regards



Howard Chao

Doon Insights

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