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AgTech Day 2019
Mark your calendars, Friday, November 15, 2019 is the Innovations in Ag Irrigation Demonstration and Showcase (AgTech Day)! This event brings together the latest in irrigation and water management technologies, highlighted by exhibitor displays in the Water, Energy and Technology Center! Attendees have the opportunity to view as well as learn more about innovative technologies that are meeting real-world issues regarding irrigation.

CCA and CURES NMP Grower Self
Certification hours available! 
Cick here to register!

Success for our 2019 Central Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum participants
Ecoli Sense took first place at the Central Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (CVIEF), earning them a grand total of $10,000. “I was very happy that our vision was recognized by the judges,” said Jamal Zeinalov of Ecoli Sense. An investment such as this helps companies like Ecoli Sense grow from the start-up phase to transitioning their business to new owners, or growing overall venture capital, gaining more strategic partnerships/investments and more. “It’s their participation, as well as the involvement and interest of the community, that is key to continuing the growth and awareness of entrepreneurship in the Central Valley,” said Helle Petersen, Program Manager of the WET Center.

  In the News   
  Regenerative Ag   Miocar   
  Regenerative agriculture practices are becoming more prominent in today's farming. A part of regenerative agriculture is the technology that allows these practices to be implemented, such as the use of drones and artificial intelligence. Experts are convinced that investing in regenerative ag is the key to combating climate change.
Read more here.

  A brand new eco-friendly innovation has come to Visalia! Miocar combines the ride-share convenience of Uber with the autonomous business model of Bird motor scooters. This car is available to rent via mobile app for $4, equating to $35 per day, and promises to introduce Visalia residents to electric vehicles and reduce CO2 emissions. Learn more here  
   CalBio    Perception is reality  
  A Visalia company is working on recycling dairy waste into renewable energy! CalBio, in partnership with Bloom Energy, plans to change the landscape of energy throughout California. Learn more here.   Research has revealed a gender bias among startup founders. A mere 7% of agri-foodtech deals were closed by female founders. Learn more about what this means for entrepreneurship here.  
   A startup coaching program is coming to the UC system  
  The Blackstone Charitable Foundation's LaunchPad program has awarded $5 million in funding to the UC system. This grant will go toward providing a staff of people to implement a coaching program for budding startup founders. This program will allow students to foster their enterprises in a safe space while pursuing higher education. Read more about this innovative program here.  


  WET Member Highlight  
  Meet Ashley Abrahamson, the Communications Coordinator for the Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) at Fresno State. Abrahamson has a Bachelor's in linguistics from UC Davis and is currently a Master's candidate for Curriculum and Instruction at Fresno State. "It is a massive responsibility to support the communications needs of OCED's diverse and dynamic programming. I love that I support the prosperity of the San Joaquin Valley through my work." When she isn't busy broadcasting BlueTechValley news to her contacts at OCED, Abrahmson enjoys watching the Food Network and going on runs with her dog. 

Team Member Highlight
Ceres Imaging is an aerial imagery and data analytics company that has been affiliated with BlueTechValley for approximately five years. In this five-year span, Ceres Imaging has expanded its crop coverage exponentially and added a myriad of imaging technologies to its arsenal. Ashwin Madgavkar of Ceres Imaging told BlueTechValley “I've always had a passion for energy and the environment... I became aware of the need for increased visibility into how farmers manage their water and nutrients. California was in the drought at the time and Imagery emerged as a tool that could help improve irrigation efficiency.“ According to Madgavkar, BlueTechValley has provided essential connections to innovators, industry professionals and future employees that helped catapult Ceres Imaging into success. “Ceres has become the leading provider of Aerial Imagery in California because of the success of our...relationships forged at BTV. Thank you for showcasing our company and for partnering in our shared mission to improve sustainability and efficiency of California Agriculture. We continue to look to add more passionate, hard-working team members!” Learn more about Ceres Imaging here.
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Funding and Other Opportunities
Louis Stokes Alliances
Award Amount:
Deadline: November 20, 2019

Food Production Investment
Award Amount:
Deadline: November 20, 2019

New Program Areas
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: December 19, 2019    
Accelerate R2 Network Challenge
Award Amount:
Deadline: March 11, 2020 

BTV and Partner Events
Innovations in Ag Irrigation Technology Showcase | November 15
Location: Fresno State's Center for Irrigation Technology
Attendees will board buses to move between 3 different stops on the farm. Factory representatives will be available to demonstrate and/or discuss how their products are used and the potential benefits.

The Legal Tailor (Webinar) | November 15
Location: Online webinar
In this "legal theatre" workshop you will discover how choosing a suit is akin to choosing the right entity for your business.

Monterey Bay Opportunity Zone Investment Forum | November 15
Location: Salinas City Center
Admission fee: $45
Join the Central Coast Marketing Team member municipalities for an informative morning focused on Opportunity Zone investment opportunities within the Monterey Bay region.

Transmission & Distribution Conference | November 19 – 20
Location: Palm Springs, California
This conference will explore practical, cost-effective approaches and methodologies that utilities can employ to reduce operating expenses.

Opportunity Zone Basics (Webinar) | November 20
Online webinar
Do you know of the tax benefits associated with opportunity zones?

Irrigation Show 2019 | December 2 - 6
Las Vegas, Nevada
Connect with others through a real handshake and eye contact, and learn through live presentations where you can interact and ask questions to spark a discussion.

ACWA Conference & Exhibition | December 3 – 5
Location: San Diego, California
The ACWA Conference & Exhibition is the premier destination for water industry professionals.

Social Media 101 (Webinar) | December 4
Location: Online webinar
Join Tiffany Phillips from the Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center as she guides attendees through social media for business owners!

Cleantech Meetup: Rising Suns in Solar | December 5
Location: Sacramento, California

Small Farm Tech Expo | December 8 – 9
Location: Forestville, California
The Small Farm Tech Expo will showcase what’s possible for small-acre and sustainable agriculture. Attend to learn the latest in appropriately-scaled Ag Tech, interact with innovators, and start working smarter, not harder.

In this Issue

In the News 
WET Member Highlight
Team Member Highlight
Funding and Other Opportunities
BTV and Partner Events


CalTestBed Initiative Launch | Nov 19
Connex Investor Night | Dec 4
Organic Grower Summit | Dec 4 - 5
Small Farm Tech Expo | Dec 8 & 9


You can now find Sweep Energy products in Hong Kong and Columbia!

Groguru raises $2.9M in funding!

Repurpose Energy is a finalist in the Sacramento Region Innovation Awards!

HerdDogg announces new CEO!


Dir. of AgSciences Center | Parlier, CA
Equity Innovation Mgr. | Bay Area, CA
Development Dir. | Bay Area, CA
BioFiltro VP of Sales | Davis, CA
Distribution Specialist | Fresno, CA
Career Pathways Mgr. | Honolulu, HI
Finance Managing Dir. | Honolulu, HI



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