Investing in the Food is Health Revolution



September 13, 2022

Crusonia Forum Joins The Nest Summit Campus at Climate Week NYC to Advance the “Food Is Health Revolution”

International thought leaders, investors and policy professionals convene again to participate in the bi-annual forum focused on the investment opportunities that are being created at the nexus of Food, Agriculture, Technology & Health. 

New York City, New York– CRUSONIA FORUM NYC 2022–Investing in the Food Is Health Revolution will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 as part of the Nest Summit  Campus of Climate Week NYC at the Javits Center. This invitation-only Forum will convene 125 institutional investors representing billions of dollars of investment capital interested in collaboratively learning more about the investment opportunities that are being created at the nexus of Food, Agriculture, Technology & Health.

“Transforming the global food system for the better can only be accomplished through increased innovation, education, collaboration and investment,” said Crusonia Founding Partner & Executive Producer Paul Noglows. “Crusonia Forum bridges the gap between doctors, growers, entrepreneurs, and investors and facilitates real change where it is needed most.” 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams will address the Forum to talk about his healthy eating initiatives and their alignment with Crusonia’s mission.  

Other featured speakers include Nancy Roman, President of the Foundation for a Healthier America; and Michelle McMacken MD, FACP, DipABLM, Executive Director, Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine, Office of Ambulatory Care and Population Health, NYC Health + Hospitals. Together, they will address how their work is building an equitable model for health driven by diet and nutrition. 

Kip Tom, former US Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, will join Greg Doud, Vice President of Global Situational Awareness & Chief Economist, Aimpoint Research, and Former Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the rank of U.S. Ambassador, in a discussion of Global Food Security in an increasingly insecure world.

At the invitation of Javits Center CEO Alan Steel, the Crusonia Forum will showcase the Javits’ significant sustainability initiatives including its nearly seven-acre green roof, working farm and greenhouse. The program design facilitates conversation rooted in aspirations of real change, focused on innovation, education, collaboration, and investment. 

Over the course of the day, 12 companies representing solutions ranging from Regenerative Agriculture to Connected Health will present individually and then join in a roundtable discussion with their customers to answer investor questions in real time. 

These presentations will showcase innovative agricultural and healthcare solution providers grouped across five systemic segments: 

  • Equitable Solutions for Healthy Eating
  • Food Security in an Increasingly Insecure World
  • Connected Health
  • The Power of Biology
  • The Power of Data

Presenting companies will include AppHarvest, Benson Hill, Bioceres, Bonumose, Brightseed, Bushel, Flywheel, GreenLight Bioscience, Growers Edge, NourishedRx, Sound Agriculture and Territory Foods. 

Participating customers will include Hershey Co. (HSY), Cargill Inc., The Nature Conservancy|TNC and Bryant Agricultural Enterprise. 

“What we are building with Crusonia is much more powerful than just a semiannual Forum. Crusonia’s mission is to educate the buy-side and mobilize the $500 billion of available investment present in the room today to capitalize on the $1T opportunity in nutrition and we are identifying a few select partners to collaboratively help us reach that goal,” said iSelect Fund CEO and Crusonia Co-Founder, Carter Williams.

All Forum participants are encouraged to collaboratively engage throughout the day to advance conversation, make meaningful connections and drive actionable results.

Venture capital firm iSelect Fund, based in St. Louis, Missouri, founded a series of Memphis-based predecessor conferences and in 2018 began a collaboration with Paul Noglows, a former award-winning Equity Analyst (Hambrecht & Quist/H&Q/J.P. Morgan) and Director of Research (Lazard) who was also the driving force behind the creation and growth of the Forbes AgTech Summits and Forbes Impact Investing Summits.

Chicago-based venture capital firm S2G Ventures is a Founding Partner of the Crusonia Forum since its rebranding and relaunch in 2021 and the Forum’s supporting Partners include investment banks Cowen Inc. and Oppenheimer & Co and law firm Perkins Coie LLP.

Plant Powered Metro NY has been selected as the Community Partner for the NYC event.

The Crusonia Forum emerges as an extension of the Partners’ respective investment portfolios and expansion of thought leadership focused on the upstream decisions that create downstream innovation at the nexus of Food, Ag, Tech & Health.

About iSelect Fund

iSelect Fund is an early stage venture firm which invests in companies that are addressing critical global issues, in large markets, and with financially attractive business models in agriculture, healthcare and resource efficiency. But, with 50+ portfolio companies, 2,500+ portfolio company employees and 300+ investors, iSelect is a new kind of venture fund. It is a network of innovators, problem solvers and investors thinking differently about big problems in food, health and nutrition to transform food and health. More at iSelectFund.com.

About S2G Ventures

S2G Ventures, the direct investment team of Builders Vision, partners with entrepreneurs who are working on solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges across the food, agriculture, oceans, and clean energy markets. S2G provides capital, mentorship, and value-added resources to companies pursuing innovative market-based solutions that generate positive social, environmental, and financial returns. S2G provides its partners with flexible capital solutions that can range from seed and venture funding through growth equity to debt and infrastructure financing. For more information about S2G, visit s2gventures.com, tune-in to their podcast, or connect with S2G on LinkedIn.

About Cowen

Cowen Inc. is a diversified financial services firm that operates through two business segments: a broker dealer and an investment management division. The Company’s broker dealer division offers investment banking services, equity research, sales and trading, prime brokerage, global clearing and commission management services. Cowen’s investment management division builds on Cowen’s core insights by developing differentiated, actively managed investment strategies that seek to meet the dynamic needs of our clients. Founded in 1918, the firm is headquartered in New York and has offices worldwide. Learn more at Cowen.com. 

About Oppenheimer & Co.

Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. is a leading middle market investment bank, wealth manager, and full-service broker dealer. Oppenheimer, a subsidiary of Oppenheimer Holdings Inc., engages in a broad range of financial services, including private wealth management, institutional sales and trading, investment banking (corporate and public finance), equity and fixed income research, market-making, trust services, investment advisory, and asset management services. With roots tracing back to 1881, the company is headquartered in New York City and has 92 branch offices throughout the United States, and institutional businesses located in London, Tel Aviv, and Hong Kong. Learn more at oppenheimer.com

About Perkins Coie LLP

From incorporation to exit, Perkins Coie helps clients build great companies. Attorneys in its Emerging Companies & Venture Capital practice span the country, supporting the most innovative entrepreneurs and investors in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Portland, and New York, as well as in Chicago and Boise. Its ECVC attorneys have managed thousands of venture capital and private equity financings from pre-seed to growth stages. They provide end-to-end legal and business counseling to the leading-edge companies of tomorrow in industries like SaaS, life sciences, healthcare, Web3, and everything in between.

About Plant Powered Metro New York

Plant Powered Metro New York empowers people to find better health and overcome chronic disease through whole food, plant-based nutrition. It offers evidence-based education, resources, and support to inspire change and advance health equity throughout the New York metropolitan area. Learn more.

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