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Notable Speakers & Corporate Partners for Annual OnRamp Agriculture Conference on July 15

Agriculture Leaders in Nebraska & Venture Capital Firm gener8tor Announce Notable Speakers & Corporate Partners for Annual OnRamp Agriculture Conference on July 15.

The Combine & The Nebraska Department of Economic Development to Discuss the Future of AgTech & FoodTech Innovation

To discuss the future of AgTech and FoodTech innovation and investment trends, gener8tor, The Combine, and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development will bring together more than 400 leading corporations, investors, and startups across agriculture and food industries on Thursday, July 15, 2021. The second annual OnRamp Agriculture Conference will feature discussions around agrifood investment trends, emerging technologies, how farmers are taking the lead on technology innovation, and more.

Leading AgTech and FoodTech companies that will be participating in the OnRamp Agriculture Conference include BASF, Syngenta, CLAAS, WinField United, Finistere Ventures, AGI, and Indigo Ag, among others. In addition to investment trends and predictions, the conference will cover new technologies that are reinventing the industry, the policymakers and leaders behind these innovations, and what this means for the future of food.

“Knowledge sharing and purpose-driven conversations are what keep us moving forward. In order to make long-term, sustainable progress for our environment and food systems, it is critically important to facilitate connections between startups, corporate executives, and investors, as well as offer insight into how we can continue to partner with one another. These are vital conversations for our future,” said Gaby Novakovic, lead organizer of the OnRamp Agriculture Conference.

The Keynote address will feature Shiri Ailon, Head of Group Integration at Synergies and Syngenta Group Ventures, and Erin VanLanduit, Head of Corporate Ventures at Cargill.

“Now, more than ever, it is critical that startups are engaged to solve some of the major issues facing the agriculture and food industries. The implications of COVID-19 on the world economy, supply chain, food safety and myriad of other areas make the adoption of new tools and technology critical. The ability to bring innovators together to discuss these issues and form partnerships is both exciting and essential.”

- Matt Foley, Program Director for The Combine.

Attendees can expect to hear a variety of topics discussed at the conference including:

  • Where is Agrifood Tech Investment Now and What’s on the Horizon? - An Agtech and Foodtech analysis from Finistere Ventures, based on their most recent investment review report

  • Farmers on the Forefront: Shifting to a Farmers First Industry - End-users leading the charge from investments, trials, and building technologies on demand

  • Evolution of Precision Livestock Technology - Helping to feed the demand of consumers and supporting farmers forecast animal welfare

  • Fireside Chat featuring Crop Metrics & CropX - Connecting the Midwest with the Middle East, an acquisition between two worlds with tech-savvy farmers on the forefront and a powerful tech ecosystem leading the charge to deliver a successful irrigation company

gener8tor’s OnRamp Conference Series is designed to provide entrepreneurs at various stages of growth with access to high-level corporate leaders and investors. Since 2013, OnRamp has evolved into vertical-specific events featuring conference programming and pitch sessions. Each conference’s Startup Track offers curated, one-on-one pitch sessions between selected startups and renowned corporations, foundations, and investors to discuss potential customer relationships, strategic partnerships and, if appropriate, investment opportunities. More than 400 one-on-one meetings will be facilitated at this year's OnRamp Agriculture Conference.

For those interested in attending, registration details can be accessed here:


About gener8tor

gener8tor’s turnkey platform for the creative economy connects startup founders, investors, corporations, universities, musicians and artists. The gener8tor platform includes more than 20 different programs spanning accelerators, corporate programming, speaker series, conferences and fellowships with content on community growth, impact investing, diversity and equity, and innovation across education, agriculture, insurance, healthcare, and more. gener8tor has invested in more than 130 high-growth startups, many of whom have participated in the company's flagship 12-week accelerator and gone on to raise follow-on financing, grow their team, and even become acquired. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, gener8tor has earned the prestigious status of being a nationally ranked, GOLD-tier accelerator by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project and been named one of Fast Company's 2020 Most Innovative Companies. For more information, visit

About The Combine

The Combine is a statewide initiative supporting high-growth Nebraska entrepreneurs in food and agriculture. The program consists of commercialization support through mentorship and a capital readiness program; networking events; a network of partnering producers across the state; and incubation space on the Nebraska Innovation Campus. For more information, visit

About the Nebraska Department of Economic Development

Since 1967, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has been focused on growing and diversifying the state’s economic base, bringing new dollars, new businesses, and new people into the state. As the state’s lead economic development agency, the DED is focused on growing Nebraska by pursuing economic opportunities; promoting strong communities; and working to make it the best place in the world to live, work, do business and raise a family. For more information, visit


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