The Judges

Robert Harjavec - Judge THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge

Robert Herjavec

Entrepreneur and Leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank

John Hartnett - Judge THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge

John Hartnett


Ted Taylor - Judge THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge

Ted Taylor

Head of New Ventures and Business Development Taylor Farms

Jennifer Maloney - Judge THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge

Jennifer Maloney

Food Stakeholder Manager Bayer Crop Science

THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge Applications Open

Applications are invited from global start-ups developing solutions the produce and floral industries for the following food and agricultural technology areas: sustainability, digital solutions, food safety and food waste. The THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge is an opportunity to accelerate your business, network with industry professionals and align business strategy to current challenges. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Sept. 10.


About Fresh Summit

Fresh Summit brings global produce and floral industry leaders from around the world together to network, create global connections, cultivate industry talent, find practical solutions to complex science and technology issues, and bring cutting-edge trends to the forefront. The event showcases seed companies, growers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers and business solution providers including equipment, packaging, technology, transportation and food safety companies in agribusiness. This diverse marketplace of more than 1,200 exhibitors, over 3,200 buyers and 22,000 attendees from 60-plus countries means endless opportunities for advancing and sharing innovation in this dynamic and diverse industry.

PMA Fresh Summit “Forums for the Future” conference speakers for Thursday, Oct. 17 are Cathy Burns, PMA CEO, who will deliver her annual state of the industry address, Herjavec, who will present on “Solving Industry Issues One Pitch at a Time,” and serve on the THRIVE Fresh Summit Challenge judging panel, and on Oct. 18, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, who will present on “Challenging Yourself to Victory.” In addition, Queen Latifah, musician, actress, author and entrepreneur, is scheduled to speak at the Center for Growing Talent Women’s Fresh Perspectives Leadership Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 19.

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About SVG Ventures-THRIVE Innovation Platform

SVG Ventures-THRIVE is the leading AgriFood innovation ecosystem, comprised of top agriculture, food & technology corporations, universities and investors. With a community of over 2,000 startups from 82 countries, the THRIVE platform invests, accelerates and creates unparalleled access for entrepreneurs to scale globally to solve the biggest challenges facing the food and agriculture industries. AgFunder recognizes SVG Ventures-THRIVE as the “Most Valuable AgriFood Platform in the World.” THRIVE was launched in 2014 by Silicon Valley Global Ventures (SVG Ventures), a venture, innovation, and investment firm based in Silicon Valley, CA. For more information, please visit thriveagrifood.com.

For more information about the three-year partnership between the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and SVG Ventures behind this event, read the press release here.