Fifteen emerging companies from across the Midwest and the world have been selected to present Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the 2018 AgTech Venture Day, in Johnson Creek.

The day-long event in Johnson Creek – roughly halfway between Madison and Milwaukee – will bring together companies with technologies that could change how crops are grown, how livestock is raised and how natural resources are sustained.

Investors from the Midwest and beyond will gather to hear each company’s story. The event also features speakers and panel discussions tailored to topics in the agricultural technology space.

Register to attend and learn more about the event, speakers and panelists at The conference will be held at the Comfort Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Johnson Creek.

Hosted by Golden Angels Investors, one of the Midwest’s largest angel networks, the conference is sponsored by Johnson Creek, Investors Community Bank, BDO, the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, 4490 Ventures, Cultivian Sandbox, Open Prairie, the Wisconsin Technology Council, Husch Blackwell, First Business Bank/Trusts & Investments, Godfrey Kahn and Quandt Berndt Company.

A morning panel discussion on “AgTech Investing in 2018: Insights from Experts” will be led by Chris Prestigiacomo, private markets portfolio manager for SWIB and feature seasoned investors in the sector. An afternoon panel on “Success Stories for Ag-Tech Entrepreneurs” will feature three regional entrepreneurs. Presenting companies will present in two tracks.

“There is growing investor interest in ag-tech and food innovation, as we have seen more capital move into these areas,” Prestigiacomo said. “Wisconsin and the Midwest are well positioned to capitalize on this trend given the regional importance of agriculture and the increase in innovation and startup activity led by entrepreneurs, academic institutions and large agriculture companies.”

Presenting companies are: Farm Dog, Israel; Native Traits, Kalamazoo, Mich.; PhylloTech, Middleton; Cellulose Sciences, Madison; ShadeHaven, Viroqua; Skyx, Israel; Aker, Winnebago, Minn.; Rantizo, Iowa City, Iowa; Novihum, Germany; Cambridge Crops, Cambridge, Mass.; Augean Robotics, Phoenixville, Pa.; Nanopore Diagnotics, St. Louis, Mo.; AmebaGone, Madison; EIO Diagnostics, Canada; and Vence, San Diego, Calif.