In its fourth year, the 2019 Innovator Summit at Davis, CA brought together leading experts, investors and changemakers to continue accelerating Transformation of the Food System. This year, the event focused on:

The Summit featured an evening reception on May 20, followed by two days’ of invigorating keynote presentations, parallel sessions, innovation showcases, and a tour to the Culinary Institute of America’s Copia campus in Napa Valley on May 21 & 22. Guests from industry, research, technology, finance, NGO and government further developed joint interests and collaborative multi-sector partnerships to bring solutions to market.

Keynote Speakers


Drawing from deep research, communications and industry expertise, we were taken on a journey of possibility regarding future options for transforming the food system.

Carlito Lebrilla, Distinguished Professor at UC Davis and Co-Founder of Evolve Biosystems and InterVenn.

Opportunities in Carbohydrates (An Academic’s Experiences in Starting Companies): The food system could benefit from better analytics, lending itself to food and gut health investment opportunities. However, good science is not enough – it must also be accompanied by the right people and technology transfer strategy.



Charlene Finck, Division President, Producer Media, Farm Journal

Building Trust, Inclusion and Confidence: Full-circle inclusion involves breaking down silos and engaging all stakeholders to harness different perspectives from a collaborative network. Pre-competitive collaboration turns food and agriculture goals into sustainable outcomes by guarding against unintended consequences. 

Ralph Jerome, former Chief Innovation Officer of Mars, Incorporated

GoMo – A Partnering Journey: A good partnership is about creating a team
that transcends organizational boundaries. Presentation link

2020 Innovation Forum – Mark Your Calendars!


We look forward to you joining us again next year in Spring 2020 for an international innovation forum – planned to be our biggest yet!