Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit previewed, coming to Syracuse, New York

When and where is it on?

The Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit in-person at The Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, New York, on Tuesday, November 15th, and Wednesday, November 16th.  Virtual options are also available and will stream on the Grow-NY website.  The Grow-NY award ceremony will be hosted virtually on November 17th and is free of charge to attend.

How many years has it been going?

The Grow-NY Startup Business Competition is in its 4th year!

Grow-NY Food and Ag Summit previewed, coming to Syracuse, New York

What was the inspiration to start it?

Grow-NY was born through research and exploration of the future of sustainable agriculture with the desire for practical applications to develop to combat climate change.

Empire State Development is again funding this year’s competition, with economic development support from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative’s three regional entities: CNY Rising, Finger Lakes Forward, and Southern Tier Soaring. Similarly, Cornell’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement team will once again manage and administer the event.

What exciting things can people look forward to?

You can watch the pitch competition; as well as live panel discussions on entrepreneurship in the food and ag-tech space, potential solutions to the most pressing issues facing our planet, and the critical work that is en route to make substantial differences in the agrifood system at the Summit.

There will also be an ecosystem expo featuring organizations that support the thriving food and ag innovation ecosystem in New York State.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

The 2022 Grow-NY Food & Ag Summit is a two-day event showcasing food and ag innovations that have the power to change the path of our industry. The event brings together the top startups from around the globe to pitch their companies and world-class researchers, experts, and partners to discuss and share insight on the latest trends and innovations.

The event is designed for startups, companies, investors, resource providers, researchers, entrepreneurs, farmers, and students. You can gain knowledge about an impactful industry, be inspired to contribute, and meet new people who desire a positive change in the world.

Who will be speaking?

Click here to see the agenda.

Our food and agriculture systems are facing a time of tremendous transformation. The twin challenges of climate adaptation and mitigation, coupled with the economic headwinds of the past few years, amplify our commitment to cultivating innovation that serves farm and food producers.

The Grow-NY Symposium spotlights conversations between leading thinkers in our regional agrifood system and beyond, tackling the major question facing New York state’s food system today: How do we increase the velocity of our trajectory towards Net Zero, while staying focused on economic profitability, environmental sustainability, and equity?

Click here to see the speakers.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Bring a notebook or your laptop to take notes, invite your peers, engage in networking, snap pictures, and prepare to be inspired to take action!

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

You can get tickets on the Grow-NY website. Registration will still be open on both days of the event.

Grow-NY – Food and Agriculture Competition in New York State

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Who are the top 20 finalists? 

These 20 food and ag startups hail from across the globe and will pitch their business plans at the Grow-NY Summit on November 15-16 as they compete for this year’s $3 million prize money.

About Grow-NY

Grow-NY is a business competition focused on growing an enduring food and agriculture innovation cluster in the Grow-NY region. The competition attracts innovative, high-growth food and agriculture startups from across the globe and engages them in the region’s rapidly-growing startup ecosystem.

Finalists pitch their business ideas for a chance to win up to $1 million.

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