With this event, these two leading organizations in food and agriculture innovation and investment created a platform for entrepreneurs and startups tackling food security to gain funding, mentoring, and international recognition.
In front of a global audience of entrepreneurs, mentors, industry leaders and investors, C3L Associates, CEO, Anthony Coggiola was invited to deliver a Keynote Address presenting “Let’s Grow Mexico,” our new cutting-edge Agriculture Education program premiering at Rancho Via Organica, San Miguel Mexico in January, 2020.
The Mexico AgTech Competition featured pitches from top Mexican startups presenting their solutions for agriculture’s major challenges. Projects ranged from prototypes, to startup companies. Other event speakers included the Kirchner Impact Foundation’s Steve Dauphin, and other former Kirchner Food Fellows.
The competition’s prizes included $5,000 and help from Kirchner Group professionals to assist in developing projects further. Additionally, winning teams gained premium access to the “Thought For Food Digital Labs,” a unique next-gen accelerator platform launching October 2019.
The teams were judged by the current Kirchner Food Fellows on the basis of investment readiness, regional/ local relevance, innovative solutions, implementation & scalability, uniqueness and management team capabilities.
The event was to take place at the iconic IMAX Theater at “Explora Science Museum” in the vibrant city of León the largest city in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico which is known for its economic development and importance in the agriculture and food industries.
Ironically, though León is in the high desert of Central Mexico, heavy rains and flooding made the Science Museum inaccessible. (It was filled with water.) So, the extraordinary event organizers immediately moved the program to a beautiful venue in the City Center government building.
The show must go on! Everything worked out incredibly well. And yes, we all must reflect on the fact that a gathering focusing on Agriculture and Food Security held in the desert was forced to move its location at the last minute because of flooding. Yes, the deserts are flooding. That’s why we’re working as hard as possible to bring food security to a changing world through Let’s Grow Mexico.“