Conference Program


Welcome to AgriTechNordic 2020 – Organizing for the future! This year’s conference will be held live on Facebook, Thursday 18th of June, 12:00 PM.

The program

12:00 – 12:45
Welcome to a digital AgriTechNordic

How do we organize food production for a future where the need for coordinating and cooperation is bigger than today?
Speaker: Wim Vanhaverbeke

Wim Vanhaverbeke is professor Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Surrey Business School (UK). He is also visiting professor at ESADE Business School (Barcelona). He is co-editor in chief of Technovation. His current research is focusing on open innovation, innovation ecosystems and digital strategies.

Digital techsafari, agriculture
We take a look at how technology and innovation in Trøndelag is changing the way we farm.

Part 1 of the pitching competion
We have invited start-ups to share a pitch from their home office. The winner walks away with 50 000 NOK, given by Innovation Norway and AgriTechNordic.
The pitching competition is hosted by Terese Troset Engan, head of Innovation Norway in Trøndelag.

How do we combine the blue and the green crops?
Participants to be announced.

Join us in experiencing one of Norway´s up-and-coming artists, Tora!

12:45 – 1:45 PM

Part 2 of the pitching competion
Meet more contestants in our pitching competition.

Digital techsafari, aqua
Join us on our AquaTech-Safari, as we go deep in to the region of Ytre Namdalen, to see what technology and innovation is happing in the ocean.

Part 3 of the pitching competion
Meet the final contestants in our pitching competition.

Capital to great ideas

Shubhang Shankar, Managing Director of Syngenta Ventures
John Egil Johannesen, Investment manager at Nysnø Invest

Mr. Shankar is specialized in AgTech, Digital Agriculture, Innovation. Prior experience in Global Strategy team at Syngenta HQ in Basel. Before joining Syngenta, Shankar worked as a management consultant in fields spanning from strategy, business planning and operations improvement to large scale organization transformation.

John Egil Johannessen started in Nysnø in 2019. He has 12 years’ experience as a venture capital professional from Equinor Technology Ventures, where he worked with innovative technology companies developing and commercializing solutions in the energy sector.

Join us once again in experiencing one of Norway´s up-and-coming artists, Tora!

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

What we have learned from the contestants in the pitching competion?

Dorte Wiene and Paolo Borella debate.

Dorte Wiene is Program Manager – Summer School “Entrepeneurship in Food” at DTU and UCPH (University of Copenhagen) . She has extensive experience in working with high-growth entrepreneurs and has coached over 500 young entrepreneurs in how to successfully attract international Venture Capital. Dorte holds several Board and Advisory Board positions, both within growth companies, as well as Venture Capital.

Paolo Borella is an active Board Member, Advisor and Angel Investor. He is also shaping and running the Foodtech and Agritech accelerator for the Nordics & Baltics under the EIT FAN umbrella. He has screened +4000 startup and deployed +12MEuros in +400 cases, has co-written a few papers on innovation & ecosystem development (Tekes Vigo report) and enjoys moderating panels at Startup events.

Digital techsafari, forest
We try to see the trees from the forest, and also look at some of the research and innovation being done into how we utilize wood in our bio-economy.

Awards ceremony, pitching competition
Who walks away with 50 000 NOK, given by Innovation Norway and AgriTechNordic?

Trøndelag now and in the years to come
Heidi Fossland, Mid-Norway
Håvard Belbo, T:lab
Lars Bendik Austmo, Nibio
Vegard Helland, Sparbank1SMN

Heidi Fossland is the director of The Mid-Norway European Office. The Mid-Norway European Office was established in 2001 as a project, and since then it has been an important partner for the region in international cooperation. The office is located in Brussels and assists regional partners in Mid-Norway in getting the most out of Norway`s EEA membership.

Thank you for watching and see you next year!

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