Wednesday 25 May

On Wednesday we organise a pitching event with early stage startups in food & agriculture and short presentations by PPM Oost and UrbanFarmers.


Mark Durno, UrbanFarmers 20% of all food should and could come from the city! UrbanFarmers builds commercial food production systems in and around cities, deploys state-of-the-art technology, operational know-how, and establishes a consumer brand that warrants safe, ultra-local, and ultra-fresh produce. Mark Durno is MD Benelux for UrbanFarmers. He was raised on a 260ha commercial farm in Scotland and has been a member of the start-up team of UrbanFarmers since 2011.
Wilco Schoonderbeek, PPM Oost NV As investment manager within PPM Oost NV, a government backed VC and one of the leading providers of venture capital and early stage finance in the Netherlands with over €300mio under management, Wilco invests in companies that make the food supply chain safer, more efficient and more sustainable. He believes innovation and entrepreneurship are great means to serve human potential and his personal goal is to help build a food ecosystem that is able to feed a growing population without a claim on the earth and future generations.
Jan Meiling, StartLife Over the last 5 years StartLife supported over 120 technology driven agro and food startups. As managing director of StartLife,  Jan Meiling aims to increase the impact of their startup community by building a strong network of investors and actively creating  match and dealmaking opportunities. StartLife’s headquarters is based at Wageningen Campus and is one of the initiators of F&A Next.

Thursday 26 May

On Thursday we have a full day program with inspiring keynotes, interactive panel discussions and one-on-one meetings between second stage startups, investors and corporates.

Moderator for the day

Andrew Makkinga is a radio- and television host, moderator and debater and born in Kampala (Uganda). At the age of seventeen Andrew got his first TV gig as debater in a Dutch debating show called “Het Lagerhuis”. In 2005, he got the chance to present his first major TV show called “De Battle” in 2005. He worked as a radio dj for different radio stations like 3FM.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Louise O. Fresco, President of Wageningen University and Research Louise O. Fresco combines a long academic career as professor in Wageningen and Amsterdam, with various visiting professorships.  Fresco serves as a non-executive director of Unilever and is a member of the Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize. It’s Wageningen UR’s mission ‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.’ Wageningen UR is host of F&A Next and a research institution that focuses on the domain ‘healthy food and living conditions’.
Berry Marttin, Member of the Rabobank Executive Board As a member of the Executive Board, Berry Marttin is responsible for the Rural & Retail International division, as well as for the Sustainability domain of Rabobank.
Dominik Richter, CEO Hello Fresh Dominik Richter is Co-Founder and CEO of HelloFresh, the global leading provider of fresh-food at home by supplying boxes full of fresh food ingredients to over 500,000 regular subsribers in 7 countries across 3 continents. In 2011 HelloFresh was started thanks to love for healthy food, cooking and a desire to make healthy food as easy as possible to as many people as possible.
Margrethe Jonkman, Friesland Campina Margarethe Jonkman is Corporate Director Research & Development at Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. Every day FrieslandCampina provides millions of consumers all over the world with food that is rich in valuable nutrients from milk. With annual revenue of 11.3 billion euro FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s largest dairy companies. More than 540 people work in FrieslandCampina’s R&D centers around the globe. The main R&D centers are located in Wageningen and Singapore. FrieslandCampina spends annually about 85 million euro on R&D.

Profiles Panel 1

“Accelerating European Food & Agtech innovation”

Anterra Capital

Anterra Capital is an independent growth capital fund. We invest in fast growing companies that are working to make the global food supply chain safer, more efficient and more sustainable. Our focus is on supporting the growth of companies who are commercializing novel technologies and services. We invest across the food supply chain from novel agro inputs and precision farming through to smarter logistics and consumer safety. Host panel 1: Adam Anders Adam Anders has over 14 years private equity and venture capital experience, having entered the sector as a senior operational executive for several venture capital funded businesses. Adam has held senior roles at Rabobank including as a Director of Rabobank Private Equity and the Managing Director of Rabo Ventures. LinkedIN: View profile Website:

Finistere Ventures

Finistere’s team has founded and invested in some of the most successful AgTech companies of the last quarter of a century. We have over 75 years of operating experience in agricultural technology companies, both large and small. We know what it takes to win and we are active collaborators helping guide companies through each stage of growth. Panel 1 member: Spencer Maughan  Spencer Maughan heads the Silicon Valley office based in Palo Alto, California. Previously Spencer has been an entrepreneur-in-residence at KPCB working alongside members of the Green Growth Fund on AgTech opportunities and as an investor at Venrock, a Venture Capital firm with >$2b under management. LinkedIn: View profile Website:

Syngenta Ventures

Syngenta Ventures is the venture capital arm of Syngenta. Syngenta Ventures invests in early-stage companies that have the potential to help growers around the world farm more productively. As one of the most active investors in agriculture they invested over US$100m since 2006 with a portfolio that reaches across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Panel member 1: Michael Lee Michael Lee joined Syngenta Ventures in 2013. Prior to this he spent several years at Unilever’s corporate venturing group based in the US and UK investing in early stage companies. He serves as a director on the boards of Biognosys, Brandtone and Population Genetics.

Profiles Panel 2

“Opportunities in changing protein demand”

Food for Impact

Food for Impact is the pivot point for protein transition. With our knowledge, network and experience, we are going to impact sustainable protein solutions. The goal: Netherlands 2020 world leader in the field of sustainable food. As an innovation manager, consultant, facilitator or project leader, Food for Impact makes the difference in the top sector Agri & Food. Innovation is a means, impact the target to increase sales, profits, a successful launch, employment, education, a new business, financing, awareness and acceptance. Host panel 2: Jeroen Willemsen Food innovator Jeroen Willemsen has been involved in food innovation since 1997. For Wageningen-UR and Top b.v. he helped multinationals and entrepreneurs to realise impact with their innovations in food. He founded Ojah BV and has worked for the company as their commercial director.  His research experience and entrepreneurship have made him an expert in impact creation in food. Jeroen works with start-ups, producers, government, educational institutions and students.  Jeroen has specialised in the field of changing demands for proteins.  LinkedIn: View profile Website:


Plankton comprises the basis of the aquatic food web and is a key driver of the global ecosystem. Duplaco uses the natural power of plankton in their technologies, making building blocks and products for animal nutrition & health, food & beverages and pharma & cosmetics. Panel 2 member: Marcel Oogink Managing Director LinkedIn: View profile Website:

Mosa Meat

Mosa Meat aims to bring lab-grown meat to the market within 5 years. The company has generated a lot of PR with this announcement, The BBC published this article in October 2015. Panel 2 member: Peter Verstrate Peter Verstrate is a consultant and food scientist with over 25 years of working experience in the food industry. After holding several senior positions in the processed meat industry Peter started as a self-employed consultant in 2009. In 2004 Peter represented his company in a Dutch government funded research project into the development of In Vitro cultured meat. Teaming up with Prof. Mark Post he was also involved with the production of the first hamburger from cultured meat, presented in 2013 in London. Currently, with Maastricht University, Peter is setting up Mosa Meat. LinkedIn: View profile


Proti-Farm is world’s leading insect farm based in the Netherlands. The company is producing 10+ species of insects for the feed, food and pharmaceutical industry. With the acquisition of Kreca, the company is scaling up its facilities to produce natural, healthy, sustainable ingredients of the lesser mealworm. Final products are protein powder, edible oils, chitin and fertilizer. Insects have an excellent and complete amino acid profile, healthy fats and natural vitamins and minerals and can be produced in a highly sustainable way. Panel 2 member: Heidi de Bruin After a long year career as executive advisor for multinationals in the raw material producing and trading industry, Heidi de Bruin discovered the highly nutritious and sustainable value of insects and founded Proti-Farm. Proti-Farm is currently scaling up its facilities to deliver high quality proteins (and derivatives) of the lesser mealworm. LinkedIn: View profile Website:

Ojah / Plenti

Ojah is the manufacturer of Plenti (Dutch brand name: Beeter), a 100 % vegetable alternative for meat and fish with a unique ‘ bite ‘. A revolutionary protein-rich range of ingredients with a unique meat- or fishlike bite, enabling industry and culinairy professionals to claim their share of the fast growing meat-free market. Wordwide recognized as a truly new category of meat and fish alternatives for flexitarians and vegetarians. Available as Plenti®Pure varieties, 100% plant based, free of gluten, clean label, easily processed or ready-to-use Plenti®Prepared filets, strips, chunks, cubes, slices etc.. Panel 2 member: Frank Giezen Managing Director LinkedIn: View profile Website:  


Seamore’s founder mistook seaweed for pasta, loved the experience and decided to fool the rest of the world. I sea pasta looks like tagliatelle but is 100% wild, handpicked seaweed from Connemara, Ireland. The crowd-harvested I sea pasta is the equivalent of 500 grams fresh sea vegetables ready to be used as pasta, veggies or anything in between. It is not only great for your taste buds and health but also for the planet. Superfood? I sea pasta. Panel 2 member: Willem Sodderland Seamore’s Founder & self acclaimed Seaweirdo Willem Sodderland Opportunities in changing protein demand LinkedIn: View profile Website:

Profiles Panel 3

Farming: “More with Less”


Ceradis develops and markets innovative environmental friendly solutions for Plant Nutrition, Crop Protection and Formulation Services in order to create safer food. Ceradis products have a patented formulation, optimal activity of the ingredients and excellent handling characteristics for the end-users. Host panel 3: Andre Goig André Goig has held numerous European financial and general management positions for companies such as Price Waterhouse, Dana Corporation and Pennwalt Corporation. André held several leadership positions for Syngenta. He is a Board member of ESA (European Seeds Association) and of EuropaBio (biotech industry at the EU level), as well as the Chairman of its Agri-Food council. LinkedIn: View profile Website:

Dutch Sprouts

Affordable technology driven innovations. Dutch Sprouts develops affordable revolutionary measurement methods that generate farmer growth. These tools, relying on innovative techniques like infrared spectroscopy (MID and NIR), rapid DNA sequencing and image recognition, combine cutting-edge devices and smartphone apps that connect the user to reliable soil and crop databases. Panel 3 member: Henri Hekman CEO and founder Dutch Sprouts LinkedIn: View profile Website:


Solynta pursues the idea of making F1 hybrid breeding applicable in Potato Breeding. This classical breeding technology is widely used in a large range of crops, over more than 100  years. Only Potato, so far, was not amongst them, very high inbreeding depression was one of the reasons. Panel 3 member: Hein Kruyt CEO Solynta LinkedIn: View profile Website:


Connecterra makes sense from sensor data to solve real problems that will impact the planet in the years to come. Their first service is a health tracking platform for dairy cows. Panel 3 member: Yasir Khokhar CEO and founder of the Dutch startup Connecterra LinkedIn: View profile Website:


Gamaya provides an unique solution for advanced diagnostics of crops for precision agriculture. We utilise a combination of patented state-of-the-art hyperspectal imaging technology, and Big Data analytics to address commodity crops cultivation challenges. Some of the information services that we provide include the detection and diagnostics of crop disease, classification of weeds, analysis of soil, optimization of fertilization, as well as prediction of yield. Our unique solution facilitates unprecedented level of situational awareness and helps to increase profit margin per hectare of industrial farmers up to 100%. Panel 3 member: Yosef Aktman Yosef is the CEO and founder of Gamaya. Gamaya has been featured by Forbes as one of the 4 European AgTech startups with a potential to become a unicorn. Before Gamaya, Yosef for more than 10 years managed international applied research projects in UK and Switzerland, spanning the subjects of remote sensing, mobile robotics and environmental monitoring.

Startup pitches

A select group of the most promising start-ups and scale ups in food and agri will present themselves to a jury of experienced investors and corporate investment managers on Thursday 25 May in the afternoon.

Jury members


AgFunder is the premier marketplace for the most promising Ag and AgTech startups seeking to raise investment capital from accredited investors. AgFunder was co-founded by a dedicated team of technologists and Ag industry professionals. Jury member 1: Rob Leclerc Rob is co-founder of AgFunder, an online investment marketplace agriculture industry. He is a judge for the National Ag Innovation Prize, the Verizon’s $6M IoT Award for 2015, and member of the advisory committee of the Ag Innovation Showcase, the world’s leading AgTech conference.
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