January 18, 2021
International Congress Berlin
Farm & Food 4.0
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Ecosystem Agtech

How to build a high-performance facilitation system for the future? Workshop

The lack of funding in Germany makes life difficult for innovators. There is a lack of capital, investors, partnerships and networks. We asked: How can we build an ecosystem for innovation in Agtech in Germany? Who and what is necessary for this? In a participative workshop, we used fishbowl discussion and dynamic facilitation to develop the necessary basics and, together with our participants, derive a starting paper for a subsequent workshop. 

Here you’ll find the full programme of the Farm & Food 2020 and a list of our speakers.

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A review of the workshop at the Farm & Food 2020 conference in Berlin

How could our startup ecosystem improve? This question was the focus of the AgTech Ecosystem Workshop. Lack of funding in Germany makes life difficult for innovators. There is a lack of capital, investors, partnerships and networks. We ask: How can we build an ecosystem for innovation in Agtech in Germany? Who and what is necessary for this? We addressed startups, funding institutions such as banks and state support programs, VCs and CVs, knowledge providers and consultants, incubators and accelerators. Continue reading…

Credits: Leo Seidel

Articles on the subject and interviews with our speakers:

Interview with roundtable host Dr. Katrin Jakob

In Germany there is a lack of follow-up funding for startups, says Jakob, founder of California Business Associates. Local companies must also understand that the financing cycle is geared to the sale of a startup, not its growth and long-term development by the founders themselves.

Interview with ag.supply’s co-founder Sebastian Schauff

The online company ag.supply was referred to as the Amazon in the AgTech business. Because what has been going on for a long time in other industries is rather unusual for farmers: buying working materials online is not exactly everyday business  between barn and field. The market for agricultural companies has not yet been influenced by the boom of the online giants – despite years of wild forecasts that warned of a digital threat. Even in 2019, the purchase and sale of agricultural products and inputs often still require complex, close personal relationships between farmers and suppliers that go back decades.

Interview with Wolf Goertz, FoodSupply

How’s the the startup scene in Germany? Not so bad, says Wolf Goertz. But more lateral thinkers are needed to get together with the established middle class.

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