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Mentor: An Michiels

Startlife Mentor

An Michiels is an internationally recognized agtech innovation expert and founder of AgKnowledge, a global agtech consultancy firm. An is an inspirational leader with solid network and 15 years of experience in leading teams in the agtech industry. She has been instrumental in advising and leading startups, served on advisory board and has held director level roles for large international seed, technology and agribusiness companies such as Keygene, Bayer Crop Science, Nunhems, Limagrain, Hazera and Syngenta.

An has worked for industry, universities and (non) governmental organizations to develop and implement forward-looking initiatives in agtech innovation. Areas of expertise are:

  • Crop production
  • Agronomy
  • Seed development
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Trait development
  • Data analytics

An has proven success as CEO starting an agtech company in the United States. She grew up on a family tomato greenhouse farm in Belgium and has a Master and PhD degree in Applied Bioengineering from the University of Leuven.

Skills and field of expertise

  • R&D Leadership
  • Digitalization and data-based decision making
  • Commercialization and IP
  • Innovation and Portfolio management
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Building innovative, high performance teams across disciplines and locations

Offer and interest (startups)

Offer:

I can support you and your startup towards developing and adopting agriculture technology to improve crop efficiency for our farmers. I am happy to provide experience-based and pragmatic advice to solve key issues concerning your technology development pipeline, research and development initiatives, in line with your values and culture. I can help to bring key players together to build strategic partnerships.

Interest:

I am interested in mentoring agtech startups that are working on any of the following themes

  • Seeds and Traits
  • Ag-Biotechnology
  • New farming systems
  • Digital farming
  • Ethical entrepreneurship: sustainability and development

Personal quote

“Strategy is a commodity. Execution is an art.”
— Peter Drucker

 

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