Rapid population growth and climate change’s impact on our ability to grow food represents a perfect storm. Tech has opportunities and responsibilities to address global problems: this may be the biggest. Over-packaged home deliveries or growing blueberries in Peru for consumption in Scotland are not sustainable responses.
Farming has huge ecological impacts; agritech is as old as mankind (cf. flint axes), but now artificial intelligence and IOT represent a new frontier — bringing new strengths and new vulnerabilities in equal measure.
We'll explore the surging investment and growth in the agritech sector, and the challenges (both unique and universal) facing tech company-builders in agritech. And looking forward, we'll address how vertical farming and next-gen agritech can overcome its limitations to become a new norm — and what we, as technologists, entrepreneurs and consumers, can do to drive positive change.
David joined Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) as CEO in November 2017. IGS is a Scottish-based agritech business, and David’s strategic appointment was made to drive its global expansion, grow the senior and wider team and raise the Series A funding round.
David is a seasoned transformation and business growth technology entrepreneur, with a track record of delivering shareholder value. Most recently, David was CEO of UK-based SaaS vendor Workplace, and lead the team through a hugely successful turnaround, transformation, growth and exit in a merger with US-based Workforce Software. In the past 25 years he has completed 28 transactions as a founder/CEO, angel investor and business mentor, including risk capital investments (PE, VC and angel), acquisitions and trade sales in Europe, North America and Asia.