INNOFARM is a next-gen agriculture startup in the seed phase. Our vision is to enable organic farming for the masses. One step on this journey is to build supportive environments for people to found farming startups.
That is why we are organizing a unique farming startup weekend as an opportunity for you as well as for us to present business ideas to farmers and industrial partners and to shape the future of agriculture. Our objective is not just to generate and elaborate on exciting ideas but to validate them directly with farmers in the field. Hence, the requirement for this event is not a perfect business idea, but the motivation to develop a concept together with like minded fellows.
9.30 Arrival & Get-Together
10.00 Introduction by INNOFARM
10.15 "Path to Sustainability" by D. Welfonder
10.45 Self-Introduction & Idea Pitches
11.30 Roundtable and Idea Voting
12.00 Teaming and Lunch
13.00 "Design Thinking" by D. Welfonder
13.30 Open Workspace and Farmer Meetings
19.30 "Business Model Generation" by K. Breeze
21.00 Open-End Work
8.15 Introduction by INNOFARM
8.30 "Technology in Future Farming" by A. Albert
9.00 Open Workspace
15.00 Pitch Training
16.00 Final Pitches
17.00 "Banking for Startups" by J. Möllmann
17.15 Award Ceremony
Benedikt Bösel is Investment Advisor at Bioenterprise Capital Ventures - a Trans-Atlantic Fund that focuses exclusively on agri-technology opportunities, targeting investments that range from early stage through to expansion capital. Potential investments receive industry expertise that accelerate innovations into global markets efficiently, creating stronger portfolio companies and driving value creation. Moreover, he is VP Operations at familynet GmbH and founder and CEO of an agricultural business in Brandenburg, Germany as well as former Senior Investment Manager at Bilfinger Venture Capital GmbH.
Kenneth Breeze is a seasoned entrepreneur, mentor and investor with the ability to see what is important now and the inexplicable talent to foresee future trends. His past experience covers diverse areas such as New Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Strategic Social Media and Capital Raising in Europe and the U.S. He has a passion for innovative startups, especially in the field of disruptive green technology and SAAS. Mentoring, deal making and working with open minded people is what Ken loves doing. As a leader and networker he is delighted to add value to new ventures either as part of the executive management team or in short term projects, depending on the needs.
Dieter Welfonder is CEO at lean|green|startup, an agency that helps forward thinking startups and companies innovate their business models for sustainable impact. Since 2006, he is teaching innovation management, sustainability and business model generation at universities throughout Germany.
Apply directly on this page or via email (including your name, your motivation for our event and your business idea as an elevator pitch).
By return of your application, you receive a request to pay the participation fee of 50€ before the 21st of January 2016.
The fee includes all catering and materials. Hence everything you need during the farming startup weekend.
You will receive further information concerning accommodation and transportation in your confirmation mail.
In case of a successful bank transfer, you receive immediately your individual event ticket. Save it and present it on arrival.
The team of INNOFARM is looking forward to seeing you soon.
You are graduating or working in agriculture, food, business, engineering, computer science, design, etc. and are ambitious about founding a startup in the future? Everybody who is motivated and interested in the topic is welcome to apply! Since we are funded by partners, the event costs for you only 50€ incl. transfers to farms, materials, meals, drinks, and location fees! Once you are in contact with us, we will inform you about further details of the event.
Changing the future of farming is not a question of faith but of people with a passion for next generation agriculture. The team of INNOFARM is proud to be an intensely curious gathering of
designers, technology enthusiasts and data science evangelists.
Robert Hoppe is an interaction designer and is graduating in Product Development and Innovation. He is an expert in managing technological changes and researches how ambidextrous organizations can make use of startup cultures.
Jan-Philipp Martini is a technology enthusiast and graduate in Mechanical Engineering and Management. After working as product development consultant he now is co-founding a startup in the field of smart farming drones.
Lukas Maxeiner is a mathematical optimization expert and graduate in Chemical Engineering. Currently he is doing his PhD in Control Engineering and sees the startup as an excellent way to have a significant impact by combining theory and praxis.