Michael Lee

Tell me a good story, says Syngenta Ventures MD

The big challenge for early stage entrepreneurs, seeking venture capital, is to become a compelling storyteller. To persuade a potential investor you need to create a narrative, almost like a spoken journalist, that holds the attention of the reader or listener, advises Michael Lee, Managing Director at Syngenta Ventures, who will be talking at the final of the GROW agri-tech business plan competition.

Michael Lee is based in Switzerland as part of the corporate venturing group. He helps identify early stage companies with a strong technology base or new business model for potential investment. The eight person team is spread across the UK, USA and Switzerland and its portfolio of business opportunities is mostly split 50:50 between Europe and the US, with a few investments in the rest of the world. We interviewed Michael about what is interesting to a corporate venture capitalist and what is not…


Agri-tech news update

  • Stop press – GROW

    Published: 24 June, 2016

    Congratulations to all our finalists in the GROW business plan competition, we had six strong presentations demonstrating an inspiring selection of business concepts.

    GROW was devised to identify and support those UK agri-entrepreneurs with ideas to help agriculture and horticulture. By leveraging the highly supportive environment in the east of England for early-stage business creation and development, the aim of GROW is to help these new agri-business grow into fully fledged companies that can bring real benefits to the industry.

  • Head of Syngenta Ventures talks at GROW final Wednesday 22nd June

    Published: 20 June, 2016

    We have an exciting diversity of business plans for GROW this year  from the novel fruit crops to wearable devices for livestock, from soil sensors to multi-spectral imaging, and including…

  • Talkin’ about a revolution

    Published: 26 May, 2016

    Difficult to get a better example of why the current business model for agriculture is not working! Arthur Marshall, analyst for AHDB Potatoes, comments this week that average British ex-farm…

  • Agri-Tech East members at Cereals

    Published: 26 May, 2016

    Thinking about maple beans this year? Determined to cultivate a well structured soil next year?  Moving into energy crops?  Interested in local weather conditions? Want to know how farmers in…

  • Emerging agri-tech on display at Royal Norfolk Show

    Published: 25 May, 2016

    Following the successful focus on innovation at last year’s Royal Norfolk Show, this year the Innovation Hub will showcase a number of new developments in agri-tech, including a soil improver…

  • Inspiring Generation Y at Cereals

    Published: 24 May, 2016

    Agri-Tech East’s Young Innovators’ Forum bridges lab and land Could keeping wheat foliage green until the end of harvest boost yields? This is just one of the research projects to…