Dermot O’Regan | Grow Bristol    Dermot has an academic background in environmental science and over fifteen years’ professional experience in environmental policy and management. He co-founded Grow Bristol in 2015, a social enterprise which delivered one of the UK’s first urban indoor vertical farms. Grow Bristol is now developing a new model for closed-loop food production at the city scale and one that will inspire a new generation of ‘future farmers’. In his spare time he likes cycling, reading, hiking, growing strawberries the old-fashioned way, and playing the bongos.

Dermot O’Regan | Grow Bristol

Dermot has an academic background in environmental science and over fifteen years’ professional experience in environmental policy and management. He co-founded Grow Bristol in 2015, a social enterprise which delivered one of the UK’s first urban indoor vertical farms. Grow Bristol is now developing a new model for closed-loop food production at the city scale and one that will inspire a new generation of ‘future farmers’. In his spare time he likes cycling, reading, hiking, growing strawberries the old-fashioned way, and playing the bongos.

Tobias Peggs | Square Roots    Tobias is co-founder and CEO of Square Roots, a Brooklyn-based, tech-enabled urban farming company growing hyper-local, real food, year-round, while simultaneously training future generations of farmers using their proprietary ‘farmer-first’ technology platform. Previously, Tobias was CEO at Aviary—a mobile photo editing company acquired by Adobe, as well as OneRiot—a social media analytics company acquired by Walmart. Tobias grew up in England and earned a PhD in AI from Cardiff University. He is currently a Techstars mentor, competitive triathlete, and snowboarder.

Tobias Peggs | Square Roots

Tobias is co-founder and CEO of Square Roots, a Brooklyn-based, tech-enabled urban farming company growing hyper-local, real food, year-round, while simultaneously training future generations of farmers using their proprietary ‘farmer-first’ technology platform. Previously, Tobias was CEO at Aviary—a mobile photo editing company acquired by Adobe, as well as OneRiot—a social media analytics company acquired by Walmart. Tobias grew up in England and earned a PhD in AI from Cardiff University. He is currently a Techstars mentor, competitive triathlete, and snowboarder.

Christine Rico | Slow Money NYC    Christine is a social entrepreneur, business consultant and coach with 20+ years of experience launching, leading and growing for for-profit companies with a social impact mission. Through CFO on Speed Dial Christine provides financial strategy, analysis and coaching to businesses in NYC and nationally. Christine is also co-chair of Slow Money NYC – the local/regional chapter of a national movement that seeks to catalyze investment in local food and farming businesses. Slow Money NYC hosts the Good Food Spotlight and other events that build community, spark dialogue, and inspire action at the intersection of food and funding. Investors that are part of the Slow Money network participate in food and farming deals through our partnership with Social Venture Circle in NYC.

Christine Rico | Slow Money NYC

Christine is a social entrepreneur, business consultant and coach with 20+ years of experience launching, leading and growing for for-profit companies with a social impact mission. Through CFO on Speed Dial Christine provides financial strategy, analysis and coaching to businesses in NYC and nationally. Christine is also co-chair of Slow Money NYC – the local/regional chapter of a national movement that seeks to catalyze investment in local food and farming businesses. Slow Money NYC hosts the Good Food Spotlight and other events that build community, spark dialogue, and inspire action at the intersection of food and funding. Investors that are part of the Slow Money network participate in food and farming deals through our partnership with Social Venture Circle in NYC.

 
Michael Zaytsev | High NY    Michael Zaytsev, or Mike Z, is a life & business coach, author, and award-winning Cannabis entrepreneur. He began his career in private wealth management at J.P. Morgan and then moved into enterprise tech sales at Google. As founder of High NY --one of the world's largest Cannabis Meetup communities-- and a frequent public speaker, Mike Z has facilitated plant-based education for thousands of people all over the world. He has been published in Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, and International Business Times, and is the author of "The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis."

Michael Zaytsev | High NY

Michael Zaytsev, or Mike Z, is a life & business coach, author, and award-winning Cannabis entrepreneur. He began his career in private wealth management at J.P. Morgan and then moved into enterprise tech sales at Google. As founder of High NY --one of the world's largest Cannabis Meetup communities-- and a frequent public speaker, Mike Z has facilitated plant-based education for thousands of people all over the world. He has been published in Forbes.com, Entrepreneur.com, and International Business Times, and is the author of "The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Cannabis."

Louisa Burwood- Taylor | AgFunder    Louisa is Head of Media & Research for AgFunder and chief editor of AgFunderNews, bringing over 10 years of financial journalism experience to the team. She has covered a range of financial markets during her career, from equity capital markets in Asia to structured bonds in Europe, before turning her attention to food and agriculture over five years ago. She’s also been responsible for launching two publications: an institutional investment intelligence service for the Financial Times and the first-ever title focused on agriculture investment, Agri Investor, for PEI Media

Louisa Burwood- Taylor | AgFunder

Louisa is Head of Media & Research for AgFunder and chief editor of AgFunderNews, bringing over 10 years of financial journalism experience to the team. She has covered a range of financial markets during her career, from equity capital markets in Asia to structured bonds in Europe, before turning her attention to food and agriculture over five years ago. She’s also been responsible for launching two publications: an institutional investment intelligence service for the Financial Times and the first-ever title focused on agriculture investment, Agri Investor, for PEI Media

Ricky Stephens | Agritecture    Ricky manages all aspects of Agritecture’s digital strategy and online user engagement. Before joining Agritecture, Ricky founded AgTech X, New York’s first incubator space dedicated solely to AgTech education and entrepreneurship. Previously, Ricky served as Manager of Marketing Analytics for Red Ventures, where he helped build out the company’s first international office in Brazil. He holds a BA in History from Davidson College.

Ricky Stephens | Agritecture

Ricky manages all aspects of Agritecture’s digital strategy and online user engagement. Before joining Agritecture, Ricky founded AgTech X, New York’s first incubator space dedicated solely to AgTech education and entrepreneurship. Previously, Ricky served as Manager of Marketing Analytics for Red Ventures, where he helped build out the company’s first international office in Brazil. He holds a BA in History from Davidson College.

Montique Willis | Grow Computer

Montique is Head of Software and co-founder at Grow Computer. As a technologist, he has focused his aim on Cloud/IOT based technologies to build smarter environments. He is currently working on ways to create cleaner more usable data for growers and farmers.

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Henry Gordon-Smith | Agritecture

Henry is the founder and managing director of Agritecture, a global urban agriculture consultancy and data firm. Henry was born in Hong Kong and has lived in Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Canada, Spain, Austria, and the US. Henry earned his BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, a certificate in Food Security and Urban Agriculture from Ryerson University in Toronto, and an MSc in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

Rachel Klepner | Edenworks

Rachel is the Director of Farming and Operations for Edenworks. Edenworks is an indoor aquaponic farm located in Brooklyn. Specializing in growing greens sold at the Williamsburg Whole Foods. Rachel has been farming for nine seasons, working on field scale agriculture, greenhouses, and urban farms. She obtained her certification in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UCSC.

Wythe Marschall | Cornell University

Wythe is a Ph.D. candidate in the anthropology of technology and ecological design within Harvard University’s Department of the History of Science. Wythe currently researches agricultural technology startups, specifically vertical farming in New York City. Wythe is also a research associate for Cornell University. Previously, he was the writer of Crash Course: History of Science; the co-founder of the Biodesign Challenge; a lecturer at Brooklyn College, CUNY; and a copy supervisor in health and wellness advertising.

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Andrew Carter | Smallhold

Andrew is co-founder and CEO of Smallhold, NYC's first and only distributed mushroom farm.

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Maya Ezzaddine | Cornell University

Maya is a Cornell University PhD student addressing urban agriculture and sustainability issues, with support from Dr. Anu Rangarajan. A graduate of Columbia University (MS Sustainability Management) and UC Davis (BS Environmental Science), Maya brings an international background in environmental consulting, sustainability management, and community development to help promote cross-collaboration in urban and local agriculture and sustainability.

Alan Burchell | Urbanstrong

Principal of Urbanstrong, Alan is a licensed engineer, LEED-AP, and Green Roof Professional. He helps building owners/operators/developers and municipal governments mitigate energy and water management issues to reduce costs and boost property values. Alan has spoken at the United Nations, appeared on MSNBC, and provided technical expert testimony.

Garrett Broad | Fordham University

Garrett is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University and the author of More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change (University of California Press, 2016). His research investigates the role of storytelling and communication technology in promoting networked movements for social justice. Much of his work focuses on local and global food systems, as he explores how food can best contribute to neighborhood health, environmental sustainability, and the rights and welfare of animals.

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Alexander Oleson | Babylon Micro-farms

Alexander is the CEO & Co-Founder of Babylon, a Virginia-based startup that has developed indoor agriculture technology optimized for grocery stores and foodservice locations. He is a passionate advocate for all kinds of sustainable agriculture, a TEDx speaker, and Social Entrepreneurship graduate from the University of Virginia.