AeroFarms is on a mission to transform agriculture by building and operating environmentally responsible farms throughout the world to enable local production at scale and nourish our communities with safe, nutritious, and delicious food.
AeroFarms has been charting a course toward a new standard for totally-controlled agriculture since 2004. They disrupt traditional supply chains by building farms on major distribution routes and near population centers and defy traditional growing seasons by enabling local farming at commercial scale all-year round. AeroFarms has set a new standard for traceability by managing produce from seed to package. And it’s all done while using 95% less water than field farmed-food and with yields 390 times higher per square foot annually.
AeroFarms passion is to grow great tasting food and sharing their harvest with the world. They recently began growing at their ninth farm — the world’s largest indoor vertical farm and their new global headquarters in Newark, New Jersey. There has been tremendous demand for their locally grown, delicious, produce, and farms are now in development in multiple US states and on four continents. There has never been a greater need for safe, dependable, nutritious food. AeroFarms is scaling quickly to transform agriculture around the world.
AeroFarms has put together a world-class team all aligned with a shared passion and purpose to transform agriculture and feed humanity. The team has deep expertise across plant science, biology, engineering, data science, food safety, and nutrition, setting a new standard for controlled growing from seed to package. You will want to become a vegetarian (and investor) after this event.
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Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
David co-founded AeroFarms out of a passionate commitment to the preservation and health of our water resources and has grown it into a force for environmental good the world over.
A serial entrepreneur, David is also the founder of Hycrete, Inc., a cleantech nanotechnology company, He is an active member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and a frequent participant in its annual meeting in Davos. Within WEF, he is honored as a Young Global Leader, where he co-chairs the Circular Economy Taskforce, he is also a Co-Chair for Technology and Innovation Group of Agriculture, and he was a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Water Security. He is also a member of the B20 SME Taskforce, which advises the G20.
David is an annual lecturer at Columbia Business School and a former adjunct professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business. He competed for the U.S. in Fencing where he was a finalist at a world cup, winning three U.S. National Team Fencing Championships and two individual silver medals. He has his B.A. from UNC Chapel Hill and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Partner, Vici Partners
Lance Stuart is a partner at Vici Partners. He has over 30 years of consulting and operating experience, principally in the U.S., Japan and China. Clients span industries from cosmetics and consumer electronics to software, chemicals, insurance, airlines and telecoms. He has been an investor, co-founder, CEO, COO and board member of several companies in the U.S. and Asia. He began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York then transferred to Tokyo.
Lance earned a B.S. in economics and marketing, cum laude, from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School (’78), where he was awarded two academic scholarships. He was raised in Tokyo and is an active volunteer in several non-profit organizations including the Harvard Business School Club of NY, the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County and as a Council Member on the U.S.-Japan Council.