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We are building on the strength and reach of the Ag Innovation Showcase brand to develop additional high-quality community events in other locations, including this ground-breaking Showcase in conjunction with the World Food Center at the University of California Davis.

Since 2009, Larta Institute and the St. Louis-based Donald Danforth Center for Plant Sciences in St. Louis have produced the Ag Innovation Showcase.  Each September in St. Louis, the “Showcase” as it has become known, curates discussions about trends in the Ag industry, and presents high-impact innovations from around the world.  It is widely acclaimed as the “go to event” for Ag innovation globally.

The Showcase will leverage world-class research in crop, animal and food science at UC Davis alongside Larta’s high-impact programs that energize ideas and accelerate the path of innovation to the marketplace. Rising entrepreneurs from startup companies will join with agtech investors from this booming sector and researchers at the forefront of innovation.

The Showcase will span innovations from the farmer to the consumer, from climate-smart technologies to advanced food safety solutions.

Themes of the 2017 Showcase include:

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The World Food Center is lifting UC Davis to the global stage as the top research university for food. By bridging agriculture, food science, nutrition, veterinary medicine, public health and policy in new and transformational ways, the Center is magnifying UC Davis science for a greater impact on society and the planet’s food systems.

Since 2013, the World Food Center has been:

  • Serving as a focal point for deepening and broadening the university’s collaborations with partners.
  • Convening leaders to shape strategy and policy.
  • Connecting research to society and the marketplace.

UC Davis’ unmatched portfolio gives it the ability – like no other institution – to serve as the hub for transformation, both locally and globally. UC Davis is one of the top-ranked universities in the world for agriculture and veterinary medicine, and one of the top 10 public universities in the nation.

Larta Institute, founded in Los Angeles in 1993, is an internationally-recognized technology accelerator that has helped more than 10,000 companies transform ideas into commercialized, socially-beneficial innovations in science and technology, particularly in agriculture and the life sciences. With a global network of entrepreneur’s mentors, investors, industry leaders, research institutions, government agencies and support organizations, Larta conducts commercialization assistance programs throughout the U.S. and in more than 20 countries.

Advisory Committee

Victoria Beasley

Senior Associate, Prelude Ventures

Kevin Chen

CEO, Crop Enhancement

Mark Cupta

Principal, Prelude Ventures

Jaleh Daie

Managing Partner, Aurora Equity

Michael Dean

Co-Founder & CIO, AgFunder

Stephen Hohenrieder

CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Meyer Family Enterprises

Karen Lapsley

Chief Scientific Officer, CA Almond Board
Karin L

Karin Louzada , PhD

Sr. Advisor for Innovation, Technology & Science, Consulate General of the Netherlands

Pam Marrone

CEO & Co-Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations

Greg McParland

Sr. Investment Manager, DSM Venturing USA

Gabe Santos

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Homestead Capital
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