The 2017 Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion Program & Conference is now just two months away. (3-6 April). It’s time to sign up and start to prepare for the some of the amazing opportunities that this year’s Program offers.

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Firstly, the Program.

This year’s Program has been expanded to include content that will be of special interest to Kiwi participants. We have added a dairy component that takes us to Hilmar Cheese, Valsigna Dairy and UC Davis. We will witness how major US dairy players are using automation and technology to impact and improve on the whole production process.

More US AgTech investors are also joining the Program this year. This means that Kiwi AgTech firms looking to raise capital will have the opportunity to meet and speak to some of the biggest players in this space.

The Kiwi delegation itself will include representatives from New Zealand’s VC and angel community. Building bridges and connecting with Silicon Valley based peers is a key objective of the visit. These meetings will provide opportunity for potential deeper co-funding relationships as well as access to this most significant of markets.

You can find out more about the detailed Program here.

I have been working with Klaus at Silicon Valley Forum and James Wilde, NZTE’s US Agribusiness guru on this program for some time. James is waiting to hear on the potential presence of key North American Kiwi diplomatic personnel. I will confirm as soon as these details are known. For New Zealand AgTech and Agribusinesses looking to expand into the North American market, this presence will provide a fantastic opportunity to meet and share plans.

The Silicon Valley AgTech Immersion & Conference Program is not, of course, just about meeting US AgTech & Agribusiness folks. One of the biggest benefits of the 2016 program was the opportunity it gave Kiwi participants to meet and engage with each other. The AgTech sector in New Zealand is a diverse bunch of businesses where distance can often mean that potential collaboration on major opportunities is lost. Last year, the time spent on the bus and in that well-frequented SF Irish bar saw a number of friendships and business relationships develop. We look forward to generating that same sense of comradery and business opportunity again in April.

Secondly, the negotiated Discounted Pricing.

If you go to the online booking form at http://siliconvalleyforum.com/event/28163279126, simply enter the Promotional code: BAC15 and receive a 15% discount on the 4-day Immersion Program and Conference cost.

At the bottom of the same page you will find links to the three San Francisco hotels where special deals have been negotiated for participants. These will go quickly, so best to book now.

James and I hope to send out a joint note over the next two weeks which will help confirm some of the final logistics necessary to make this a truly great event. If any potential Kiwi participant has any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me today at: peter@wharf42.co.nz