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David Farquhar (2019)

David Farquhar
CEO, Intelligent Growth Systems 

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Agritech and the Disruption of Farming: Feeding the World Sustainably

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 Farquhar (IGS)
David Farquhar

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.


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