Summit Highlights

There was no shortage of action from the CEA industry at the 2023 Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit, which showcased strength and resilience with new partnerships and ambitious expansion plans. In New York, two days of essential discussions tackled the need for greater food security and smart investments to develop facilities around the world to meet consumer demand with high-quality, nutritious and sustainable produce.

The summit platform is still active until July 30 to continue networking and rewatch content on demand. Register now for virtual access. 

Enjoy our quick-fire summary of the summit action complete with video highlights, photo gallery and impactful takeaways.

Relive the Action

What Delegates Say

“Thank you so much for all the hard work putting together an excellent conference. Every one I attend is better and I’m impressed at what you all have built over the years.”
Chief Innovation Officer, LOCAL BOUNTI

Extremely valuable for me in terms of the insight gained and connections made.”
Group R&D Leader, Fibi Americas, CARGILL

“A recommendable event for anyone looking to get involved, learn, and meet some of the influential players. What we know now about CEA will be different in five years. It’s important that we strike the right balance between automation, technology, workforce development, and plant science.”
Business Development Manager, PRIVA

“Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit is the event to consider if you want to get a pulse of the industry’s current trends and talking points.” 
CEO, iGROW NEWS

“My visit to Indoor AgTech was interesting and informative. I had the opportunity to see old industry friends, meet some new interesting people, hear some excellent speakers, and expand my network and industry resources.”
Founder & President, CEA ADVISORS

“The summit was both very beneficial and inspiring. Being able to convene, talk and learn from the most prevalent players in the industry has provided great insight into the current state of vertical farming. It has given us tons of input regarding where we should focus our efforts going forward. Can’t wait to be back next year!” 
Chief Commercial Officer, AVISOMO 

“Great networking event and an insightful series of sessions and speakers.”
President & CEO, VINELAND RESEARCH & INNOVATION CENTRE

Highlights From The Stage

FOOD SECURITY: 

Qiana MickieExecutive Director, Mayor’s Office for Urban AgricultureNYC MAYOR’S OFFICE: “We have to continue to find ways to support the breadth of agriculture in our city and for me that’s also the breadth of urban agriculture. We’re continuing to help support folks to grow their food whether indoors or with solar based models.”

RETAILERS & CONSUMERS: 

Yan Branco,  Head of Quality Control & Sourcing Director, SOBEYS: “We all need to remember people are eating food, not technology. The freshness, taste, lasting longer – this is what’s going to get them in and on board.”

SECURING THE FUTURE OF YOUR FARM: 

Viraj PuriCo-Founder & CEO, GOTHAM GREENS: “All the hype and attention in the capital is not a negative. It has shone a light on this industry and what it needs. So now you have so many capital providers out there that are open to CEA and who just didn’t know the technology existed.”

 

ADDRESSING ENERGY EFFICIENCY:

Felicia Rhue Howard, VP Economic Development Strategy, DOMINION ENERGY: “The sooner you engage with an electric utility or an energy provider the better resource we can be for your operation in helping you understand how our grid operates, provide customized appropriate solutions and understand how your business operates.”

START-UP SHOWCASE: 

Early stage innovators presented their game-changing technologies to investor Michael Rose, Partner at Better Food Ventures.

Presenting companies included: Ceragen, Concert Bio, Origeen and Zayndu

See all start-up profiles>>

CROP GENETICS: 

Gretchen RaymondManaging DirectorRIJK ZWAAN: “We have to be innovative and it has to fit the consumer, retailer and grower. What is appealing nowadays is a medley, combined colour or different texture. You need to have a very distinctive product and don’t want to be necessarily competing with food service providers.”

Media Coverage

The Packer: How retailers, restaurants can sell CEA produce

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iGrow News: A Beacon of Growth and Innovation Amid Uncertainty

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Summit Ecosystem

Here are just some of the growers, retailers, tech providers, seed companies and investors who met up in NYC and online at the summit. Our ecosystem keeps growing! Who could you meet next time?

See You Next Time!

After such a fantastic edition, we’re already excited to see how we can grow the industry in 2024. Save the date now, and keep in touch with Sophie Brady, Head of Indoor if you’re interested in taking an active role as a summit partner, speaker or start-up showcase in Singapore, and Dubai.