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

Agenda   |   Speakers   |   Bootcamp   |   Farm Tour  |   Venue/Hotel   |   Sponsor

Elevate Your Potential to Drive Transformation

Be Part of the Community Using Capital to Unlock Regeneration

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

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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: How Can We Put Capital to Work for Transition?

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?
9:20 a.m. MT
Risk & Returns: How Will They Shape the Future of Regenerative Investments?
10:00 .m. MT
Fireside Chat: How Can Regenerative Capture More of the Climate & Biodiversity 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?
COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING | 10:25 a.m. MT
11:05 a.m. MT
Meeting the Seismic Shift in Capital Markets
11:10 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
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?
12:05 p.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 | 12:45 p.m. MT
1:50 p.m. MT
Case Study
2:10 p.m. MT
Fireside Chat: The Next 10 Years of Regenerative Finance Innovation
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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Speakers

Preliminary speaker list. Check back soon – we’re adding more every week!

RFSI Bootcamp – October 8th

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Who Should Attend the Bootcamp?

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 half-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.

You do not have to register for the RFSI Forum to attend the RFSI Bootcamp.

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Join us from 1:00-5:00 p.m. MT on October 8th!

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The Bootcamp program will include:
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1. Plenary time as one large group building a foundational framing of the regenerative capital ecosystem

2. Breakout time to learn about the specifics of funding and fundraising for your type of operation

3. Smaller group work time to address more specific common challenges you may have

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Attendees can expect to:
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Understand the different types of capital players funding regenerative farms, farmers, companies and start-ups, and the implications of each type of capital.

Engage with capital allocators and learn what they are looking for in their investments as well as what they will expect from you in the decision-making process.

Learn from others who have been down similar fundraising paths as you and glean lessons learned.

Gain tips for how to engage capital allocators and what questions are most important for you to ask them.

Workshop through challenges you have faced with experience investors, funders and fundraisers.

Walk away with a deeper understanding of the ecosystem, some strong connections with others in the space, what you need to do to be successful in it, and who it is most important for you to engage with.

Join us from 1:00-5:00 p.m. MT on October 8th!

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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.

This year we are excited to tour West Bijou, the Savory Institute’s holistically-managed ranch and learning site. This 7,500-acre landscape dominated by shortgrass prairie is home to a herd of 400+ bison, a thriving wildlife population, and archeological and cultural assets such as one of the world’s most robust and intact sites of the K-T Boundary, a window to past geologic times. In addition to a tour of this working bison ranch, attendees will also have an opportunity to: see a demo of their Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) land monitoring protocol, learn how EOV data feeds into Savory’s Land to Market initiative which has helped bring 1,000+ products from verified regenerating landbases into the food, fashion, and footwear industries, and hear about the new Savory Foundation, based in Denmark.

Air conditioned bus transportation is provided, as is lunch. Tour will start and end at the conference hotel in downtown Denver. 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

DIAMOND SPONSOR

Propagate & Agroforestry Partners

Propagate is a regenerative agriculture company that makes it easy for farmland owners to design, plant, and manage agroforestry systems so that they can increase the cash yield of farmland. We provide farm planning software, tree planting & management services, and project financing to reduce the risk of integrating fruit, nut, and timber trees with animal or crop farming systems. Agroforestry Partners provides a turnkey financing solution to enable agroforestry conversion for farmers and landowners, while providing an uncorrelated, attractive nature-based investment opportunity for investors. We aim to fix the carbon cycle and improve climate health one acre at a time.

Propagate Agroforestry Partners

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.

CLOSING RECEPTION SPONSOR

Dirt Capital Partners

Dirt Capital invests in farmland together with best-in-class regenerative farmers and ranchers – helping grow their land base and profitability. We are “impact-first” with a focus on capital preservation while achieving outcomes in ecological stewardship, farmer equity, community benefits and field-building.

Further information

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 + BOOTCAMP SPONSOR

Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT

We work with mission-driven investors to provide organic and regenerative farmers with land security and working capital through long-term leases, mortgages, and lines of credit. Our REIT is incorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation & B Corp.

Further information

GOLD SPONSOR

Mad Capital

Mad Capital provides tailor-fit private credit to mid-sized regenerative organic farmers in the US. They are working to bridge the transition financing gap by providing the longer-term capital it takes to transition a degraded farm to a beautiful, profitable, and regenerative farm.

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.

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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).

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Food & Beverage Donors
Not only do we TALK about investing in regenerative agriculture and food, we ENJOY tasty, nutrient dense regenerative foods at the Forum! Attendees get to choose from many regenerative snacks throughout the day and proteins at lunch all sourced from regenerative farms and ranches.

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 →