Inside the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2)

This event has concluded. Check back in spring for information on the 2020 Conversations series. 


Inside the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2)
Ag-Tech Innovation Community is Growing in St. Louis

The Wells Fargo-funded Innovation Incubator (IN2) seeks to connect promising start-up companies around the country with cutting edge science to help move breakthrough technologies closer to the marketplace. In collaboration with the Danforth Center, the IN2 program was recently expanded to include companies in ag-tech. From 36 companies, five were selected to be the first ag-tech “cohort” of IN2. Danforth Center scientists are working closely with this initial round of companies seeking to reduce crop pests, improve remote sensing on the farm, increase productivity of indoor agriculture, and improve soil quality. The program is also strengthening our local innovation ecosystem, particularly 39 North.

Join us for a look inside the IN2 program with Mary Wenzel, EVP and Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for Wells Fargo Advisors, and Danforth Center COO Sam Fiorello. Then take a deeper dive into the partnership with two of the five companies in the first cohort: David Zar, CTO of Aker Technologies, paired with Danforth Center PI Malia Gehan, PhD, and Bala Venkata, co-founder of RNAissance Ag, paired with Danforth Center PI Noah Fahlgren, PhD.

Networking reception begins at 5:15 PM; presentation from 6 to 7:00 PM. 

Reservations are free, but required.

Media sponsors: St. Louis Public Radio and HEC Media

About the Conversations series:

Conversations is a series of free panel discussions organized by the Danforth Center Friends Committee. Since 2003, Conversations has offered the public the opportunity to learn about the world of the Center and its partners. The next Conversations event takes place March 2020.

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