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Thought Leaders in Food & Ag Speaker Series: Innovation and Investment in Agtech

  • Herbert M. Hanson Jr. Hall 1925 South 4th Street Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States (map)

The world of technology innovation in agriculture has changed dramatically in the last few years with increased visibility, challenging conditions for farmers, rapid changes in consumer sentiment and a dramatic increase in capital investment. 

Join us for a moderated Q&A discussion with Chris Abbott of Craig Hallum and Aaron Knewtson  from Compeer Financial as they share the investor's perspective on growing trends, emerging 'winners and losers' and what they are excited about happening here in Minnesota. This event is meant for both entrepreneurs as well as those working or interested in the sector as Grow North wants to bring this growing community together for connectivity, discussion and conversation. Please join us afterwards to continue the conversation and additional networking.

Our Speakers:

Aaron Knewtson VP, Food and Agribusiness

Aaron joined Compeer Financial in 2004 and has provided both public and private financing.  Aaron also represents Compeer’s leadership role in developing junior capital funds licensed under the USDA’s Rural Business Investment Program.  Aaron’s background includes working with agricultural and financial derivatives including time spent on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade.  

 Christopher Abbott, Craig-Hallum Capital Group

Chris leads Craig-Hallum’s investment banking efforts focused on sustainable solutions companies across agriculture, food, water and energy. Chris has spent the past decade in capital markets and investment management focused on technology and sustainability having worked with companies that span venture capital, growth equity, public markets and real assets. Chris’ advisory experience includes raising capital, business development and mergers & acquisitions.