Event in San Diego, CA to Explore Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship in Southern California
On Wednesday, November 30, from 6pm – 9pm Seedstock, LLC in association with the Rady Entrepreneur Club, an affiliate organization of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, will host a networking event and panel discussion with a number of Southern California-based agricultural entrepreneurs. The panel will be held at the Rady School of Management on UC San Diego's La Jolla Campus. Food and beverages will be provided by food sponsor Whole Foods Market, La Jolla.
On Wednesday, November 30, to explore this flight to innovation in agriculture, Seedstock, in association with the Rady Entrepreneur Club, an affiliate organization of the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego is set to host a panel discussion sponsored by Whole Foods Market that will feature six of San Diego’s most innovative entrepreneurs discussing their approaches to building new companies in the lucrative and fast growing sustainable agriculture marketplace.
"We think that the next Google or Apple is going to come out of the sustainable agriculture sector,” said Jason Reed, founder and CEO of Seedstock. “The public has a quaint, almost nostalgic view of farmers, but these guys are rock stars - these guys are the next Steve Jobs. What these entrepreneurs are doing is going to improve the world in fundamental and profound ways."
This event will be the first in a series of many that will take place around the country where Seedstock will bring entrepreneurs, students, investors and other professionals together to discuss and explore solutions to the challenges faced by modern agriculture.
“We are launching our series in San Diego because of the incredible array of impressive startups here and because California, Southern California in particular, has always been a leader in innovation,” said Robert Puro, Managing Partner of Seedstock.
The event will be held at the Rady School of Management on UC San Diego's La Jolla Campus. Food and beverages will be provided by sponsor, Whole Foods Market, La Jolla. While the event is focused on inspiring future business leaders, it is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Location: Rady School of Management’s Otterson Hall, Multipurpose Room 2 (MPR2) on UC San Diego’s La Jolla campus. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided by event sponsor Whole Foods Market, La Jolla will be served.
To register for the event, please click on the following event registration link: http://seedstockradyevent.eventbrite.com/
Confirmed Participants Include:
Colin Archipley: CEO of Archi’s Acres and the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program. Archi’s Acres is a small-scale organic farm in Southern California established in 2007 by decorated Marine Sergeant Colin Archipley and his wife Karen. At Archi’s Acres the couple has created the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program to offer combat veterans meaningful opportunities in the high-growth industry of sustainable farming.
Dan Gibbs: CEO and Co-founder of Home Town Farms, a leading company in the emerging field of vertical organic urban farming, providing an integrated food growing system to grow and sell fresh, nutritious food in urban areas. The company’s model combines proven and profitable high efficiency vertical growing systems that drastically reduce the amount of water, fuel, land, fertilizer, processing and transportation needed to grow and sell produce, and makes the produce available for sale at the same high-traffic urban location where it is grown.
Seth Burns: CEO and CFO of Biogas & Electric, a for profit company that develops intellectual property to significantly improve the anaerobic digestion process, thereby increasing the economic viability, sustainability, and social impact of agricultural industries. Biogas & Electric is funded by Waste Management, Inc. (ticker: WM) and an SBIR grant.
Ralph Crevoshay: CEO of VermiVision, a company whose mission is based on fulfilling the potential of vermicompost (VC) as the essential input for success in sustainable agriculture. The company is dedicated to enhancing farmers’ access to VC through scaled-up production, promotion of innovative technologies, and training a new generation of worm farmers.
Don Nishiguchi: Regional local produce buyer for Whole Foods Market for the Southern Pacific region.
Thomas Del Monte: President and General Counsel of Interra Energy, a development-stage company engaged in the design, manufacture, sales, marketing and deployment of a biochar and power production system called the Interra Energy Forge. This system is a 2nd generation carbonization and energy hybrid technology that converts yard waste and other clean biomass wastes into agricultural biochar and clean energy.
Jeff Robbins: Co-founder of San Diego-based Revolution Landscape, a company that designs, builds and maintains sustainable “edible landscapes” for area residents and businesses.