Startup Weekend | Agriculture & Food
Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016
Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm
Yuma Art Center
254 S Main St
Bridging the food gap!
We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about innovating the agriculture industry to meet the demands of our growing global population. In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, build products and launch agriculture or food ventures.
Startup Weekend Agriculture & Food begins with open-mic 60-second pitches Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on validating their idea by talking to users, designing/building prototypes and building a business plan with the help of experienced coaches from the agricultural industry. On Sunday, teams present and demo their products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.
-What is it like at a Startup Weekend?
Simply put, your life will forever be changed. Check out this video that should give you some insight on the amazing energy at our events:
-What theme is this Startup Weekend?
The theme of this event is "agriculture and food". That means that you can bring an idea that relates to the agriculture and/or food industry as it relates to any part of the food cycle from when it is grown to when it hits our plates as a delicious meal.
-Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?
No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you've been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It's a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.
Do you have more questions?
Check our our FAQ: https://startupweekend.org/attendees/faq
Here are just a few of the things you get from attending:
-7 meals of food & snacks for the entire weekend
-A unique opportunity to be mentored and coached by ag leaders and educators
-A network of new local developer, designer, educator, student & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about innovating the agricultural industry
-An awesome portfolio piece
Friday May 20th
Saturday May 21st
Sunday May 22nd
Dr. George Frisvold
What sprouts and flourishes when you combine agriculture and economics? Dr. George Frisvold! Having attended UC-Berkeley for a B.S. in Political Economy of Natural Resources (1983) and Ph.D in Agricultural and Resource Economics (1989), Dr. Frisvold has been a professor at the University of Arizona’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics since 1997. Prior, Dr. Frisvold was the Brand Chief for USDA’s Resource and Environmental Policy Branch, a Senior Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and Visiting Research Scholar at the Department of Extension and Technology Transfer, National Institute of Rural Development, Hyderabad, India. Additionally he was a co-editor for the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Wow!
Among his many research interests are domestic and international environmental policy, impact of technological change in agriculture, alternative/renewable energy, natural resources management, public policy and governance, transboundary water, and water conservation.
Awards and Honors include: Fellow, Rural Development Research Consortium, Technical Communication Award for Scholarly/Professional Articles, Society for Technical Communication, and a Letter of appreciation from President William Jefferson Clinton for economic analysis of Everglades restoration policies.
Coaches and Mentors
Owner, T&P Farms
Co-founder, LimeLight Creative Group, LLC
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend | Agriculture & Food team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Techstars Startup Weekend Yuma is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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