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AgTech was already one of the most talked about startup sectors before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but the crisis is accelerating what was already seen as a major shift in food production, logistics and consumption trends. Singapore for instance, had already announced in 2019 its '30 by 30' strategy which aims for 30% of food needs to be locally produced by 2030 and was well on the path to transforming the industry to meet those targets before COVID-19 struck.
Around the world, the demand for plant based substitutes and meat alternatives is growing substantially each year, with a number of startups in the region and abroad capitalizing on this trend. With that growth, comes more demand for vegetables - both from consumers and companies. Couple this with the threat of climate change, growing population trends and urbanization and you have a confluence of events that have given rise to new businesses and companies changing the way we farm, source and consume our food.
So what exactly is it like being on the frontlines of this change? Join us on July 16th at 7:30pm SGT for a discussion with Andrew Shearer, Founder and CEO of Farmshelf; Stuart Oda, Founder and CEO of Alesca Life and Vikas Garg, Founder and CEO of abillionveg - leaders of three companies changing the way we grow, transport and consume vegetables and food all over the world.
Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO
Founder and CEO
Andrew Shearer founded Farmshelf in 2015 in a San Francisco garage before transplanting the company to Brooklyn in 2016. To date, the company has raised $8.5 million, scaling with celebrity chefs, schools, hotels and restaurants.
Farmshelf was born out of Andrew's desire to grow his own food and an opportunity to drive a sizeable social impact through smart indoor farming. Andrew envisioned beautiful, smart hydroponic grow systems enabling anyone to grow food, and in turn, providing affordable food, jobs, and community. Andrew’s personal mission is to feed and love the world well through business. He pursues this mission by building products that efficiently drive value and positive impact for society, consumers, investors, employees, and the environment.
Prior to Farmshelf, Andrew worked in sales and business intelligence at Twitter and Pinterest.
Stuart Oda is an investment banker turned urban farmer with a passion for innovation and sustainability.
In 2013, Stuart founded Alesca Life, an agricultural technology company that builds indoor, vertical farms and farm management solutions to make food production more localized and data driven. Alesca Life was named a 2019 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and was selected into prestigious global accelerator programs including Stanford StartX, Unreasonable Impact, and Dubai Futures as an innovator in the field of controlled environment agriculture and hyper-local urban farming.
Stuart received his B.A. in Political Science and Business Economics from UCLA.
Vikas is the Founder and CEO of abillionveg, a rapidly growing global internet platform on a mission to help a billion people go vegan by 2030. Vikas launched abillionveg after 15 years in finance & government, and is a dedicated sponsor of education and conservation initiatives around the world. He received Credit Suisse’s Global Citizenship Award, is a Young Leader of the Milken Institute, and a Charter Member of The IndUS Entrepreneurs.