Western Growers will premiere its AgSharks showcase event at Western Growers 92nd Annual Meeting in Las Vegas on October 31, 2017. AgSharks is a new initiative launched by Western Growers and S2G Ventures (Seed 2 Growth) to identify key innovations in the fresh produce industry.
“Western Growers has been leading the charge in accelerating the development of innovative solutions to help solve the ag industry’s most critical issues,” said Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers. “Our new partnership with S2G Ventures and the launch of AgSharks will ensure ag industry innovators are bringing solutions to our members faster.”
Successful entrants will compete for equity investments totaling up to $250,000 to support the development and growth of their businesses. Selected entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, including the AgSharks, who will decide on the spot whether and how much to invest. The entrepreneurs must then accept the offer, negotiate or decline.
For the past two years, WG has hosted the Innovation Arena where startups compete for exclusive opportunities to connect with growers throughout California, Arizona and Colorado. AgSharks takes that concept to the next level with real-time investment opportunities and decision-making in front of a live audience.
If you are a grower currently working with a startup or know of an entrepreneur who is developing ag technologies, help them scale by encouraging them to apply for AgSharks. Companies interested in participating in AgSharks at Western Growers Annual Meeting can apply here.
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