Ian ReillyManaging Director, Altrutec
Ian believes in the power of new technology to solve intractable problems and help those with the courage to nurture grow the innovation seeds of future sustainable prosperity. After growing up on an Australian sheep farm, Ian spent 30+ years turning new technology into innovative, world-first products in diverse industry sectors including agtech, biotech, medtech, foodtech, renewable energy, defence and aerospace.
In 2014, Ian returned to agriculture by founding the virtual fence startup Agersens to develop and launch eShepherd – the world’s first virtual fence automated livestock management tool for cattle. Agersens was recently wholly acquired by the Gallagher Group.
You need to get a strategic investor on board! Early-stage Agtech startups are frequently told to get an established industry player on their cap table to provide credibility to their technology, validate their target market, and raise capital.
But are you a minnow shackling yourself to a shark? Are you selling out future independence for the sake of near term capital? What does a startup offer an established player, and how do you navigate a future together without scaring off any other desirable investors and partners?
Gallagher invested in Agersens early in the journey, and recently acquired the company. This presentation covers lessons learned from the Agersens-Gallagher journey from the startup perspective, including how to find a strategic investor, and hot tips for both startups and investors.
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Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft New Zealand
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Agricultural Engineering Senior Lecturer, Harper Adams University
Kit's research focuses on sustainable future farming systems, with the most notable project to date being the award-winning Hands Free Hectare
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