AgTech Cochairs
Apr 29, 2021

New Ideas Drive Virtual Summit on AgTech Forward

By VSAT Executive Committee

The 3rd annual Virtual Summit on AgTech (VSAT), taking place May 4-6, will bring together some of the most influential individuals and organizations within AgTech for the purpose of accelerating the spread of knowledge, creating new connections, and generating ideas. The conference addresses topics that are fundamental to our well-being and climate such as the way we grow food, the way we eat, and the way we invest in change. Given the nature of these questions, it attracts a diversity of attendees that span industries and roles—everyone from farmers to investors to entrepreneurs has a stake in the conversation. 

Hosted by Tuck's Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital and the Tuck Food and Sustainable Agriculture Club, this year's VSAT will bring in over 75 speakers from around the world who represent all corners of the AgTech space. The Tuck VSAT committee drives the entire conference—including deciding the topics to cover, the companies they’d like to hear from, and sponsorship opportunities. Speakers are entirely sourced from the Tuck student planning committee, who prioritized selecting an impressive and diverse lineup of speakers. Students helped craft panels which cover the gamut of cutting-edge AgTech topics, including the fight against food waste, cultivated protein, robotics, and indoor farming. This year, the committee opted to add two topics not previously covered, growers and cannabis, driven purely by student interest.

VSAT is no stranger to the virtual environment and has always been rooted in the idea of accessibility. Each summit has taken place within a virtual technology platform, Crowdcast, to ensure that attendees spanning the globe are able to attend without financial burden. Last year, 44 countries were represented across over 900 attendees. The small registration fee exists for the purpose of benefiting local agricultural non-profits. This year’s charity partner is the SUSU commUNITY Farm, an Afro Indigenous stewarded farm and land-based healing center located in Vermont.

Judges Tobin Krieg T’21, Robert Sewell T’21, and Schuyler Dalton T’22 ask questions to Momavlis Glekhebi team, made up of Elena Nikvashvili T’22, Vladislav Azimhodjaev T’22, and Aaron DiPietro T’22.


Pitch Competition

This year, VSAT is expanding its mission and will incorporate a pitch competition as part of the conference to give visibility and support to the many startups aiming to improve the agriculture and food industry. Last week, 12 AgTech startups pitched their ideas to a panel of Tuck judges during the semi-final competition. Pitches ranged from patented seed technology to hydroponic trees aimed at reducing food insecurity to marketplace platforms which connect Georgian farmers directly with consumers. Four teams, Agryo, Seges Ag, Grain Weevil, and Spornado, were selected as finalists and will present during Day 3 of VSAT.

Why You Should Join Us

VSAT Executive Committee co-chairs share what makes the Tuck Virtual AgTech Summit stand out as both an opportunity to learn more about this expanding field and to connect with others in the industry.

"With over 1,000 attendees at last year’s summit, we thought that VSAT could be a great avenue for early-stage companies to get exposure to a large audience of investors and potential customers. The winner of the competition will receive $3,000 and mentorship from serial entrepreneurs and VCs. We're hoping this event serves as a launchpad for these companies to accelerate fundraising and customer acquisition.”
Robert Sewell T’21

“VSAT is an amazing opportunity for Tuck students to network with leaders in the AgTech community, to gain experience in planning an event of huge scope and scale, and to work with some of the most passionate members of the Tuck community. For the public, it’s an incredible and highly accessible way to learn more about the way that food is produced, how it gets to our tables, and about the entire ecosystem that’s working to bring about lasting and sustainable change, from entrepreneurs to investors to industry leaders. Conferences that are a fraction of the scale of this can charge hundreds of dollars for one ticket. VSAT is unique in that it’s designed to be accessible while providing a high-quality and broad educational experience.”
- Kristin Ng T’21

“I attended VSAT before I was even a student at Tuck. It opened my eyes to the degree of impact that food has on our climate and showed me the ability of the Tuck community to bring together change makers and innovators.”
Kelsey Eichman T’22

How to Attend

We hope you will join us at the 2021 Virtual Summit on AgTech, May 4 – 6!

Learn more and register today