Agricultural Entrepreneurship Unconference

Event
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Agricultural Entrepreneurship Unconference

Thursday November 08, 2018
Vermeer Applied Technology Building
Iowa State University Research Park
2710 S Loop Dr, Ames, IA 50010

Business Beyond Boundaries – How do we work together to build a more vibrant
ecosystem for agricultural entrepreneurs?

What’s an Unconference? It is a gathering that emphasizes the dynamic exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events. No Powerpoints!
During this event we will create conversations that extend the boundaries of an issue that is key to agricultural entrepreneurs, investors and professionals. We will identify the people, places, things, and ideas that will shape our future by drawing on the collective knowledge and experience of Unconference participants.

2018 Unconference Question: How do we work together?

Sub-questions that will be addressed:

1. Hatfields and McCoys – Where are the successful partnerships? Where are the feuds? What works? What doesn’t?
2. Boom or Bust – Do Incubators incubate? Do Accelerators accelerate? What are the pros and cons for models of startup development and innovation?
3. Order or Disruption – How, will, or should established agrifood businesses tap into innovation and startup development?

Agenda
8:00 a.m. – Introduction of Unconference and introduction of Unconference Participants. Kevin Kimle, Director of Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative.
8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Hatfields and McCoys – Where are the successful partnerships? Where are the feuds? What works? What doesn’t? Moderator and Discussants to be announced.
9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - Break
10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Boom or Bust – Do Incubators incubate? Do Accelerators accelerate? What are the pros and cons for models of startup development and
innovation? Moderator and Discussants to be announced.
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Breakout Session Lunch – Discussion item: Apollo or Manhattan Project? What are new initiative or project ideas for working together?
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Order or Disruption – How, will, or should established agrifood businesses tap into innovation and startup development? Moderator and Discussants to be announced.
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Breakout Session Ideas and Discussion

For more information or to be added to the invitation list, please reach out to Kevin or Amanda at agei@iastate.edu.