Jury of AGCO iVenture Summit
The latest UN projection estimates that the world population will reach 9.8 billion by 2050. Providing mankind with food already represents an enormous challenge today and this challenge will continue to grow. In order to meet these increasing demands, the agricultural sector needs to increase productivity by developing innovative technologies. Therefore, ag tech may just become one of the best-funded industries in the future.
The iVenture Summit jury consists of four experts who represent the top of their respective fields. Their objective is to identify the best startups that have the potential to move ag tech innovation forward and by doing so support global food security.
Adam is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Anterra Capital, an independent growth capital fund that invests in companies that are transforming the safety, security and sustainability of global food. Anterra was founded in 2013 as a spin-out from Rabobank, a global leader in food & agriculture financing. The fund is backed by Rabobank and Fidelity International. Adam has over 15 years of private equity and venture capital experience. Earlier in his career Adam worked with the buyout firm Ironbridge Capital and as a management consultant with Bain & Co. He grew up in rural South Australia where his interest in food and agriculture innovation was initiated. Adam is passionate about improving our food and agriculture system.
Adam holds an MBA degree from Cambridge University, England and a Bachelors Degree in Law and a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of Adelaide, Australia.
Benedikt Bösel is the Managing Director of Schlossgut Alt Madlitz, an ecological farm and forestry, one hour to the east of Berlin where he offers testing grounds for Ag-startups and research projects. He is also an Investment Advisor for Bioenterprise Capital, a trans-atlantic VC specialized on AgTech. Prior to joining Bioenterprise Capital, Mr. Bösel was Senior Investment Manager at Bilfinger Venture Capital with a focus on industry innovation such as water treatment, resource usage, recycling, and infrastructure.
His professional background of almost 10 years in Corporate Finance, also included positions as a member of the executive board of Brune Real Estate Management AG, an asset and real estate management company. Mr. Bösel has also held stations at Thyssen Krupp, HSBC Trinkaus and Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie., where he accompanied national and international M&A transactions.
In addition, he is the Chair of the Specialist Group AgTech with the Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V. and as such advises associations, corporates as well as the German Government in ag-related innovation topics.
Benedikt holds a MSc in Agricultural Economics of the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and a BA in Business Finance of the University of Durham (UK).
Eric P. Hansotia is Senior Vice President, Global Crop Cycle and Fuse Connected Services. In this role, he provides leadership and strategic direction for AGCO’s global harvesting, crop care, Fuse®, and dealer technical support businesses. He is located in Duluth, GA, USA at the AGCO headquarters.
Prior to joining AGCO, Mr. Hansotia had a successful career working for John Deere where he held a variety of positions over his 20-year tenure. In his most recent role at John Deere, Mr. Hansotia was Senior Vice President, Global Harvesting. Before that, Mr. Hansotia was the Vice President of Global Crop Care and led the combine factory as the General Manager and was part of the team that acquired and integrated a forestry company leading to the position of Vice President, Global Forestry. Mr. Hansotia has extensive experience in the agriculture industry in the areas of engineering, quality, advanced technology, manufacturing, product management, and global business leadership.
Mr. Hansotia graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also earned an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Michiel is a General Partner at Northzone. He joined in 2016 from Accel London, where he was an investor for five years. Originally from the Netherlands, Michiel spent the early years of his career at BCG before founding Digital Jones, an artificial intelligence company, in Silicon Valley. He has previously invested in companies such as Catawiki, Fiverr, Vinted, KNC and Packlink. Michiel has a graduate degree in physics from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.