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2022

FoodTech for Thought

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In 2015, startAD and VentureSouq joined forces to build a strong foundation for startup investors. This collaboration has since grown to become a credible voice championing startup investments and catalyzing innovation.

The 7th edition of the Angel Rising Investor Education Symposium took place on 22-23 March 2022, where we covered the timely and important topic of how best to harness foodtech.

Packed with panels, discussions, presentations, and investment opportunities, this virtual event brought together top regional and global speakers from tech, finance, academia, and policy to discuss the current challenges and opportunities we face with regard to food security.

Don’t worry if you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

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Agenda

Day 1

Welcome note to all guests outlining the vision of Angel Rising 2020, thanking partners, sponsors and ecosystem enablers to make all of this possible.

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Welcome note to all guests outlining the vision of Angel Rising 2020, thanking partners, sponsors and ecosystem enablers to make all of this possible.

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This panel will cover the ways how local and international entrepreneurs are building inclusive, efficient food systems leveraging new technologies and existing infrastructure and practices. We will try to answer questions such as: How do we educate consumers on new technologies and flavors? How do we envision the new future farmer across different geographies? What are the current opportunities and gaps in the market for new products to nurture the next generations?

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This panel will discuss the role of smart capital in the Food and AgTech sectors across different growth stages. What’s the spectrum of capital available to companies? Is there a a fundraising canon in the industry? How can new forms of financing based on ESG and impact-focused remits benefit Food & AgTech projects?

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Food security has been top of mind in the MENA region, with many initiatives launched in KSA. This panel will discuss the current landscape of the Food & AgTech space in the Kingdom and the future outlook for the tech community regionally.

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Day 2

This panel will discuss the very important topic of traceability, what the current status is and ways to move forward with technologies to empower all stakeholders in building and consuming a sustainable, transparent food produce.

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This panel will cover the exciting topic of cellular agriculture, global investors and founders will discuss the recent developments in the space, the road ahead and how consumers are responding to this new product in the market.

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Angel Rising in numbers

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Previous Speakers

Nicole Rogers

Nicole Rogers

Founder, Drawdown Foods
Fahim Al Qasimi

Fahim Al Qasimi

Co-Founder, Seafood Souq
Caio Malufe

Caio Malufe

Head of Strategy, Business Development, Angel Investor, Food & Ag Advisor, Orbillion Bio
Anshuman Bapna

Anshuman Bapna

Founder & CEO, Terra.do Inc
Patricia Bubner, PhD

Patricia Bubner, PhD

CEO, Orbillion Bio
Rodrigo Mallo

Rodrigo Mallo

General Partner, Outsized Ventures
katherinefoster

Katherine Foster

Advisor, Social Alpha Foundation
maxrye

Max Rye

Chief Strategist & Co-Founder, TurtleTree
Justine Dampt

Justine Dampt

Co-Founder & CEO, Shake Your Plants
Andrew Yip, PhD

Andrew Yip, PhD

Head of Technology & Innovation - Food, Neom
Shaikh Dr. Majid Al Qassimi

Shaikh Dr. Majid Al Qassimi

Founder & Partner, Soma Mater
Heather

Heather Henyon

Founding Partner, Mindshift Capital
Hattan Ahmed

Hattan Ahmed

Entrepreneurship Director, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Kholoud

Kholoud Almohammadi

Investment Manager, Future Investment Institute
GregOhannessian

Greg Ohannessian

Founder, Soma Mater
Ed Marcum

Ed Marcum

Managing Director, Working Capital Investment Fund
Fransisco Jardin

Francisco Jardim

Managing Partner, SP Ventures
Muna AbuSulayman's

Muna AbuSulayman

Social Impact Investor & Serial Entrepreneur
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Dr. Saeeda Jaffar

Managing Director & Co-Head of Alvarez, Marsal Middle East
Lina Hediah profile pic

Lina Hediah

Executive Director MENA, ConsenSys

Christos Mastoras

Founder & Managing Partner, Iliad Partners

Fritz Lanman

CEO, ClassPass
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Vidya Vasudevan

Director, Gates Foundation
Rehana Nathoo profile pic

Rehana Nathoo

Founder & CEO, Spectrum Impact
Jake Zeller profile pic

Jake Zeller

Founder, AngeList
Aby Thomas profile pic

Aby Sam Thomas

Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur Middle East
Caitlin Dolkart profile pic

Caitlin Dolkart

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Flare
Claudine Emeott profile pic

Claudine Emeott

VP & Partner, Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund
Ahmed-Al-Qassim profile pic

Ahmed-Al-Qassim

Group Head, Emirates NBD
Sam Hodges profile pic

Sam Hodges

Co-Founder, Funding Circle
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OUR SPONSORS & PARTNERS

VISIONARY SPONSOR

Suadi Aramco logo

PRESIDING SPONSOR

King Abdullah Uni Sci and Tech

STRATEGIC PARTNER

United States Mission

ECOSYSTEM PARTNER

Baraka

ECOSYSTEM PARTNER

Soma Mater

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