Growth Alliance Networking Summit - GANS 2023


July 6, 2023


TechQuartier Frankfurt



Meet the pioneers of the German AgriFood industry

Rentenbank, TechQuartier and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) invite innovators and experts of the AgriFood industry to the first Growth Alliance Networking Summit on "Future Farming".   

Join us for exciting keynotes, workshops and discussions on carbon farming, climate positive agriculture, hemp-use, AI and robotics, startup-corporate cooperation and other hot topics in AgriFood that will shape the future of farming and nutrition! 

This is your opportunity to learn about current trends, exchange experiences and discuss challenges and solutions of the agriculture and food industry with the best and brightest in the industry.  



Prof. Dr. Engel Arkenau
Prof. Dr. Engel ArkenauHead of Division and Digitalization Officer, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture - BMEL
Dr. Constantin von der Groeben
Dr. Constantin von der GroebenCo-Founder & Managing Director, DEMECAN
Eva Piepenbrock
Eva PiepenbrockEditor, top agrar
Christian Holzleitner
Christian HolzleitnerHead of Unit for Land Economy and Carbon Removals, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission
Susanne Schulze Bockeloh
Susanne Schulze BockelohVice President German Farmers' Association
Josef Franko
Josef FrankoEntrepreneur, AI.Land
Fiona Mathewson
Fiona MathewsonEditor, Gründerszene
Christian Mittermaier
Christian MittermaierCo-Founder, CFO und MD, constellr
Maja Mogwitz
Maja MogwitzAgri Podcaster & Moderator, Jung & Landwirt
Florian Pichlmaier
Florian PichlmaierCo-Founder & CEO, Signature Products
Marie-Sophie von Schnehen
Marie-Sophie von SchnehenProfessional at Deloitte & Farmer at Hofgut Klein Schneen
Philip Stark
Philip StarkPrincipal, Oyster Bay Venture Capital
Claudia Müller
Claudia MüllerParliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture - BMEL
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Holger Schragmann
Holger SchragmannPartner, Demeter Investment Managers
Anna Trendewicz
Anna Trendewicz Investment Associate, Future Energy Ventures
Sebastian Beitzen-Heineke
Sebastian Beitzen-HeinekeManaging Partner, BIOCARE
Gil Horsky
Gil HorskyFounding Partner, FLORA Ventures
Dr. Franziska Kersten
Dr. Franziska KerstenMember of the German Parliament
Kai v. Szadkowski
Kai v. SzadkowskiTeam Leader, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz - DFKI
Fabio Ziemssen
Fabio ZiemssenPartner, ZINTINUS
Valentin Schmitt
Valentin SchmittImpact Investor, better ventures
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Dörr
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg DörrProfessorship Digital Farming, RPTU Kaiserslautern Landau & head of program Agriculture and Food, Fraunhofer IESE
Sophia Heyde
Sophia HeydeAssociate Bioindustrial Investments, Novo Holdings
Dr. Henning Müller
Dr. Henning MüllerSenior Researcher, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence - DFKI & Chairman, Agrotech Valley Forum e.V.
Selma Meryem Peters
Selma Meryem PetersFounder Associate | Growth, inVenture
Nikolai Ladanyi
Nikolai LadanyiFounder & Partner, Scaleup
Lucas Schmitt
Lucas SchmittCOO Innovation Products, TechQuartier
Jonas v. den Driesch
Jonas v. den DrieschImpact Investor, SHIFT Invest
Dr. Christian Bock
Dr. Christian BockHead of Promotional Business, Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank
Alexander Engelke
Alexander EngelkeTeam Leader Innovation & Strategy, Landwirtschaftliche Rentenbank
Patrice Pogorelik
Patrice PogorelikProgram Manager Innovation, TechQuartier
Dr. Sebastian Schäfer
Dr. Sebastian SchäferManaging Director, TechQuartier
Erik Kemsies
Erik KemsiesInvestment Associate, Saxovent Smart Eco Investments GmbH
Katharina Neisinger
Katharina NeisingerAssociate Investor, Pace Ventures
Christian Poppe
Christian PoppeDirector Global Public Affairs & Sustainability // GM APAC, Formo
Walter Peters
Walter PetersSalestrainer Agrar
Ralf Blessing
Ralf BlessingSenior Manager Corporate Development & Innovation, K+S AG


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Keynotes & Startup Pitches

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Networking Sessions
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Masterclasses & Workshops
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Panel Discussions


Key Topics

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Carbon Farming

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AI & Robotics
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Hemp use

For Startups

GANS 23 is your opportunity to present your startup, talk to investors, establish and refresh contacts with corporates and exchange ideas with other startups.

As a member of the Growth
Alliance, you get free tickets and can book exclusive exhibition space to present your products and services. 

For Industry Experts

As a corporate guest at GANS 23, you benefit from valuable connections and insightful discussions with the Growth Alliance Network.

Take the opportunity to get to know AgriFood startups and meet like-minded decision makers from business, science and politics.

For VCs

Expand your network in the AgTech and FoodTech industry, learn about new investment opportunities and represent your fund in the emerging startup ecosystem of the Growth Alliance.

GANS 2023 is the perfect environment to 
meet your portfolio companies and explore opportunities with new startups.
We have jointly supported more than 60 startups as they expanded their business models. This success is based on tailored programs, as well as a growing network of partners from science, business, society and political sectors.

Let's celebrate six years of Growth Alliance

As a joint project of Rentenbank, TechQuartier and BMEL, the Growth Alliance is already in its sixth year of promoting the innovative strength of the German agricultural and food industry. Through tailored programs, we have so far been able to accompany and support more than 60 startups in the development of sustainable business models. This success is largely based on our growing network of pioneers in the German AgriFood industry. 

Every year, we bring together innovation leaders from science, politics and business within the framework of trend-based startup programs. With GANS 23, we invite the Growth Alliance Community to celebrate our achievements of the past years and take a look into the future together. 


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Tim, Team Growth Alliance 
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