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Silicon Valley AgTech week

This article was published on 4 March 2016

Be a part of our innovation mission to 2016 Silicon Valley AgTech week.

Callaghan Innovation, with Wharf 42 and NZTE, will lead an innovation mission of 15-20 companies to the Silicon Valley AgTech week in San Francisco on 18-22 April 2016. We are now seeking expressions of interest from innovative AgTech companies who would like to be a part of this group.

About Silicon Valley AgTech week

The Silicon Valley AgTech week will take place from 18-22 April in San Francisco and is being organised by Callaghan Innovation and SVForum.  SVForum is a non-profit organisation devoted to creating connections in the Silicon Valley between innovators, entrepreneurs, and business professionals focussed on emerging technologies.

The 2016 Silicon Valley AgTech conference will bring together farmers, technologists, venture capitalists and governmental representatives to discuss how digital technology is transforming technology. The week has three key parts:

18-20 April
A three day immersion programme to gain an understanding of how agricultural technologies are being applied in California (open to US companies, foreign companies as well as New Zealand companies attending).

21 April
A one day conference discussing solutions to global challenges in agriculture through the latest technology including robotics, drones, sensing and big data.

22 April
An investment-seeking opportunity for selected New Zealand companies looking to connect with US investment as well as other New Zealand-specific visits and meetings.

Further information

Why participate?

AgTech week provides a great opportunity for promoting New Zealand as an AgTech leader and showcasing New Zealand's AgTech businesses in a key market. It should appeal to companies at all stages, from start-ups to industry leaders.

It will provide your business with the opportunity to:

• understand key trends and opportunities in Agtech
• validate their technologies and business innovation strategies
• network and meet potential investors, partners and customers
• build productive relationships for ongoing collaboration with other New Zealand participants.