Indoor Ag-Con Partners with Brad McNamara, Farm Tech Society to Host 2-Day Virtual Indoor Agriculture Financing Program

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‘Crossing the Chasm: Financing Indoor Ag From Seed To Scale’ To Feature Panel Discussions With Successful Indoor Ag Entrepreneurs, Their Investors & Other Experts On Nuances of Financing Across All Stages

PRESS RELEASE — What is each stage of financing? How does financing change as you grow? Can you “skip the line”?… Attendees will get answers to these questions and many more during a special edition of the popular Indoor Ag-Conversations series, “Crossing the Chasm: Financing Indoor Ag From Seed to Scale,” scheduled for June 8 & 9, 2021 from 1:00 – 4:30 PM each day.

Co-hosted by Indoor Ag-Con, Brad McNamara and the FarmTech Society, the virtual program will bring together successful indoor agriculture entrepreneurs, their investors and other experts for 6 panel discussions over two days offering an in-depth look at financing across all stages.

“In survey after survey we’ve conducted about educational offerings, finance/funding is among the most requested topics we receive from our grower audience,” says Brian Sulllivan, Co-Owner/Partner, Indoor Ag-Con, the premier trade show and conference for the indoor|vertical farming industry. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Brad McNamara and FarmTech Society Chair Ian Kanski for this special edition of our Indoor Ag-Conversations series. Calling upon their proven, hands-on industry experience and knowledge, Brad and Ian have put together an incredible program that will give attendees a crystal clear roadmap to build their own Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) funding strategy – from seed to scale.”

Day 1 | June 8, 2021 | 1:00 – 4:30 PM EDT — Seed to Series B

Presented By Brad McNamara

During 3 in-depth panel discussions with successful entrepreneurs and their investors, host Brad McNamara, industry advisor, entrepreneur and founding CEO of Freight Farms, Inc., will push for first-hand accounts of each round to “pull back the curtain” on what it takes to fund an idea and create an investment grade business in CEA.

Sessions will include:

• Seed – Idea and Opportunity with Allison Kopf, Founder & CEO, Artemis and Ed Kim, Managing Partner, Red Dog Capital

• Series A – Opportunity and Business with Virginia Emery, CEO & Founder, Beta Hatch and Louis Kang, Managing Director, AccelR8

• Series B – Business & Growth – speakers coming soon

Day 2 | June 9, 2021|1:00 PM- 4:30 PM EDT | Crossing The Chasm Presented By FarmTech Society

2020 was a big year for CEA — and the next two years are likely to see unprecedented growth and change in the sector. On day 2 of the Indoor Ag-Conversations ‘Seed to Scale’ event, host FarmTech Society, will focus on the maturing of the industry as CEA “crosses the chasm” into mainstream adoption.
FarmTech Society leadership will moderate three panel discussions focused on the realities of profitability and scale in different CEA operations, reporting on current trends and innovations in finance and investment for the CEA industry, and forecasting on emerging opportunities and funding strategies for companies and new commercial projects.

Sessions will include:

• Risks and Rewards -Reality Checking the Economics and Risk Factors of CEA- Moderated by Tisha Livingston, CEO, Infinite Acres and Vice Chair, FarmTech Society

• Growing Up – Moving Beyond High Risk, High Cost Investment Capital – Moderated by Jed (John) Lynch, Head of Americas, Sustainable & Impact Banking, Barclays Investment Bank

• CEA As Green Infrastructure – Positioning For Scale As Environmental and Social Impact Factors Become Essential to Investor Decisions, Moderated by Ian Kanski, Board Chair, FarmTech Society

Admission to the two-day virtual program, including all six panel discussions, is $49. To register and learn more about sessions, speakers and additional details, visit Indoor Ag-Con

Founded in 2013, Indoor Ag-Con has emerged as the premier trade event for vertical farming | indoor agriculture, the practice of growing crops in indoor systems, using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic techniques. The next edition is slated for October 4-5, 2021 at the Hilton Orlando. Its events are crop-agnostic and touch all sectors of the business, covering produce, legal cannabis |hemp, alternate protein and non-food crops. In December 2018, three event industry professionals – Nancy Hallberg, Kris Sieradzki and Brian Sullivan – acquired Indoor Ag-Con LLC, setting the stage for further expansion of the events globally.

Brad McNamara is a 4x founder and 2x CEO, who thrives where bits & bytes meet the physical world. He is an idea to Series B operator with experience incubating, starting, and scaling hardware and software businesses. As the Founding CEO of Freight Farms, Inc., an ag-tech company on a mission to enable on-site commercial food production anywhere in the world, he built the product, team, and business from zero to a global footprint.

The Farm Tech Society (FTS) is an international non-profit industry association that unites and supports the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) industry, seeking to strengthen the sector through the development and implementation of resilient and future proof methods and technologies for indoor growing. Board Chair Ian Kanski is also Director of the Center for Advanced Agriculture and Sustainability at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. In addition, he is co-founder of INTAG, a developer of biological technologies for nutrient recycling, waste and water remediation in the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) sector.

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