2024 RFSI Forum

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Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum
REGISTRATION OPEN!
October 9-10, 2024 | Denver, CO
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Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum
REGISTRATION OPEN!
October 9-10, 2024 | Denver, CO

Elevate Your Potential to Drive Transformation

Be Part of the Community Using Capital to Unlock Regeneration
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With 450+ attendees, 45+ speakers and 9+ hours of networking, the Regenerative Food Systems Investment (RFSI) Forum is the ONLY event that exclusively brings together investors, food and agriculture entrepreneurs, and critical stakeholders working to build resilient food systems.

The RFSI Forum is THE gathering for learning the why, how and where to invest capital in agriculture and food for financial and impact returns. Whether you have been engaged in the regenerative space for decades, are ready to dig in to this emerging opportunity, or are just a little curious, this event offers unparalleled insight and networking opportunities.

The 2024 RFSI Forum will take place October 9-10 in Denver, Colorado.

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Attend

Make the commitment to join us today and expect to:

  • Listen and learn from innovative leaders building and investing in regeneration
  • Meet with existing and new connections from across agriculture, food, and finance
  • Find investors and projects to fund
  • Work toward solutions to challenges holding you and the space back
  • Advance your goals in this space

Who should attend?

  • Impact investors, family offices, pension funds, fund managers, foundations, and banks
  • Financial advisors and other investment services
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Farmers, ranchers, and producers
  • Corporate food companies, emerging brands, agricultural and food service providers
  • Advocates for healthy food systems

Farmer Scholarships

Farmers and ranchers are an essential part of the regenerative food system and to the ecosystem of capital and solution-builders at the RFSI Forum. To better enable farmers to join the conversation we are offering a limited number of Farmer Scholarships to cover registration fees to the RFSI Forum and the RFSI Bootcamp. The winners of the Farmer Scholarships will be announced August 14, 2024.

We would like to say a very special thank you to The Nest and the generous individuals who contributed to the farmer scholarships! You can donate to the Farmer Scholarships here.

Agenda at a Glance

We have a lot planned for this year’s RFSI Forum – you won’t want to miss a single moment!

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Preliminary RFSI Forum Agenda
*Subject to change.
Day One
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Day 1: Wednesday, October 9
REGISTRATION / OPENING COFFEE | 8:00 am MT
9:00 a.m. MT
Welcome
9:15 a.m. MT
Regenerative Agriculture Has Arrived!
9:30 a.m. MT
Soil Health: The Foundation for Climate Resilience in Farming, Business, and Investing

How does soil and the way we do agriculture influence farm well-being, climate, water, biodiversity, human health…and ultimately the risk that is inherent in the current industrial system?
9:45 a.m. MT
Panel: Building Successful Regenerative Farms

Meet four very different farmers who have made the decision to transition on-farm practices and production systems. Learn what opportunities and obstacles have characterized each of their journeys, where capital has – or could have – played a role, and what is still needed to create thriving, regenerative systems from the farm up.
COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING | 10:30 a.m. MT
11:10 a.m. MT
Investing in the Missing Links: The Role of Off-Takers for Regenerative

Farmers are a critical piece to systems-wide transition to regeneration but they depend in part on the markets that exist for regenerative products. Infrastructure, processing, emerging brands and corporate off-takers need to move in lock-step with the on-farm transition. What investments need to be made into these missing links to ensure this happens?
11:50 a.m. MT
Case Study
12:15 p.m. MT
A Systemic Approach to Investing in Transition

What sets agriculture and food apart from so many other investment opportunities is how it touches nearly every aspect of human existence. What does it look like to approach investing in and building these systems in such a way that takes this interconnected nature into account?
LUNCH | 12:55 p.m. MT
2:00 p.m. MT
Panel: What Tools Do We Have?

Explore how different types of capital can be invested in regenerative agriculture and food systems, what this looks like, and what outcomes can be expected.
2:40 p.m. MT
Case Study: Integrated Finance for the Middle Supply Chain
3:05 p.m. MT
Round Table Discussions
Smaller Group discussions on some of the most pressing issues facing regenerative food systems investment. Topics coming soon!
COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING | 4:05 pm MT
4:40 p.m. MT
Deciphering the Chaos: Carbon & Biodiversity Market Update

Conceptually, carbon markets offer a win-win for farmers and investors but the market is still nascent and it can be hard for farmers and investors to decipher the latest science and program. Get the latest market update, plus the status of biodiversity credits and what else is coming down the pike for ecosystem service markets.
5:10 p.m. MT
Regenerative Food Systems Pitch Session

Hear from 4 innovative start-ups working on new tools to enable regeneration. Stay tuned for pitch session applications coming soon!
5:55 p.m. MT
Closing of Day 1
EVENING RECEPTION | 6:00-7:30 p.m. MT

Sponsored by Good Roots

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Day One
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Day 2: Thursday, October 10
OPENING COFFEE & NETWORKING | 8:00 am MT
9:00 a.m. MT
Welcome & What Comes Next?
9:15 a.m. MT
Increasing Investment into the Expansion of Regenerative Agrifood Systems Globally

In order to enable diverse forms of capital to play the critical role we need it to play in scaling regeneration:
– What are the most important considerations?
– How should we frame the approach?
– What else needs to be built?
9:25 a.m. MT
Case Study
9:45 a.m. MT
The Policy Landscape: Implications for Capital Allocation & Activation

The past two years of U.S. policy has opened a relative floodgate of public funding to climate smart and regenerative agriculture. How might the November elections in the U.S. influence this and what is the role of private capital in the resulting political landscape?
COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING | 10:15 a.m. MT
10:55 a.m. MT
Meeting the Seismic Shift Needed in Capital Markets
11:00 a.m. MT
Changing Incentives: The Role of Insurance Markets & Ag Finance

The risks and costs of current systems are coming to light – how will insurance, policy and Agriculture finance evolve to meet this?
11:45 a.m. MT
Financial Infrastructure to Scale Investment

Some of the most critical financial infrastructure needed to expand food systems transformation are that of the intermediaries that hold the on the ground expertise and relationships needed successfully deploy capital at scale. Dig into the role of these diverse intermediaries and how each can facilitate investment across systems.
LUNCH | 12:30 p.m. MT
1:35 p.m. MT
Can Regenerative Capture More of the Climate Venture and Venture Impact Allocation?

Despite its potential, food and land use remain only a small fraction of climate venture funding. What is the case for moving climate allocations to regenerative? How can we engage a larger community of venture impact funders?
2:15 p.m. MT
Case Study
2:50 p.m. MT
Breakout Workshops & Round Table Discussions

Smaller Group discussions on some of the most pressing issues facing regenerative food systems investment. Topics coming soon!
3:50 p.m. MT
Next Steps for Collaborative Action and Investment
4:35 p.m. MT
Closing Remarks
CLOSING DRINKS | 4:45-6:00 p.m. MT

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RFSI Bootcamp – October 8th

Are you an entrepreneur just starting your fundraising journey? Are you a farmer seeking to understand the full range of funding opportunities that exist in the capital ecosystem? The RFSI Bootcamp, a partial day pre-course to the RFSI Forum, is geared toward farmers, ranchers, producers, emerging brands and early stage start-ups that would like to better understand the regenerative food systems investment landscape and how best to engage in it. 

Limited space available, so be sure to register early! You do not have to register for the RFSI Forum to attend the RFSI Bootcamp.

Regen Farm & Food Systems Tour – October 11th

There’s no better way to learn about regenerative farming than by visiting a farm!

After a few days at the RFSI Forum in the city, plan to get out to a farm and learn from the land and those who steward it. The Regen Farm & Food Systems Tour is an optional add-on experience taking place 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on October 11, the day after the RFSI Forum ends. Tour attendees will enjoy learning more about regenerative food systems by visiting operations and learning directly from operators. This unique experience provides ample time to learn, to connect with other tour attendees, and to enjoy a delicious locally made, farm fresh lunch on the farm.

Air conditioned bus transportation is provided, as is lunch. Tour will start and end at the conference hotel in downtown Denver. More details coming soon! Reserve your spot here.

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Venue

DCPA
DCPA
1350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO

The 2024 RFSI Forum will be held at the Denver Performing Arts Complex in the Seawell Ballroom! Seawell Ballroom is conveniently located in downtown Denver, within walking distance to many hotels, restaurants and entertainment options. The ballroom offers stunning panoramic views of the city and mountains and plenty of space for our growing community!

The Seawell Ballroom is located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, at the northwest corner of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Accommodations

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver
Denver Monaco Exterior
1717 Champa Street, Denver, CO

The RFSI Forum room block is located at the Kimpton: Hotel Monaco Denver, 1717 Champa Street, Denver, CO.

We’ve secured a great discount and perks that include: $20 off parking per day and no guest amenity fees for RFSI Forum attendees at the Kimpton: Hotel Monaco Denver.

Use our custom booking page linked here to receive the group discount.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

DIAMOND SPONSOR

Transformational Investing in Food Systems

TIFS, Transformational Investing in Food Systems, is an impact network dedicated to increasing investments in regenerative and agroecological food systems. We support investments that are economically viable and deliver transformative impact.

Further information

RECEPTION SPONSOR

Good Roots

Good Roots helps farms and food businesses become profitable for good. Our team of remote consultants offers business, management, and marketing services to the agricultural and food sectors, drawing on years of direct experience as farmers and food entrepreneurs ourselves.

FARMER SCHOLARSHIP SPONSOR

The Nest

The Nest is a Belgian family office investing in more resilient food systems. We envision them operating within the planetary boundaries of the Earth. We imagine a mostly circular system, based on respect for all living beings and the farmers and agricultural workers at its core. We see a world in which the true price of food is understood and accounts for the costs borne by society and the planet. In this system indigenous wisdom and technology are intertwined to produce food regeneratively that can serve as medicine and provide enough nourishment for all. And while the dominant system is difficult to overturn, we strongly believe that by creating choices where once there were none, nature based solutions will in the end prevail.

Further information

GOLD SPONSOR

Mad Capital

Mad Capital is financing the regenerative revolution. With all of our farmers, we work tirelessly to help them transition to 100% organic years sooner and create a legacy of stewardship.

Further information

GOLD SPONSOR

Canopy Farm Managment

Canopy Farm Management provides tree planting and management services to Midwest farmers and landowners. Through its expert staff, thoughtful design, and a mobile fleet of state-of-the-art equipment, Canopy cost-effectively establishes and manages diverse agroecological systems, including perennial crops, timber plantings, and conservation practices.

Further information

CREATIVE SPONSOR

Miel Creative

Miel Creative is a full-service design and communications studio making beautiful sense out of a complex world for almost two decades. Our clients include B Corps, nonprofits, and other purpose-driven organizations working to create a positive impact. Recent work includes Soil Wealth (The Croatan Institute), The Fibers Roadmap (SAFSF), and the AccelerateNC community platform (NC Biotech).

Further information

Become a Sponsor

Sponsors of the RFSI Forum are the organizations leading the transition to a more regenerative food system. Sponsorship packages are designed for diverse types of businesses and offer unique value, including:

  • Increased visibility and thought-leadership among a unique investor and activator community
  • Opportunity to showcase your expertise and services
  • Media coverage before, during and after event
  • Branding throughout the event

For information on how to sponsor future events, please contact us here →