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…

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Agri-tech news update

  • 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 be discussed at a special event for young farmers and early career scientists at Cereals 2016.

    To bridge the gap between lab and land and stimulate mutually beneficial discussions, Agri-Tech East is focusing on ‘Generation Y’ (those born in the 80s and 90s) and has developed the Young Innovators’ Forum (YIF) with a special event happening at Cereals 2016.

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  • Soil mapping helps boost yield 4-9%

    Published: 2 May, 2016

    Soil health is one of the strands of our ‘Geomatics Meets Soil Management’ Special Interest Group meeting on 17th May 2016. Simon Griffin, Technical Manager at SOYL Precision Crop Production, will…

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  • “Play the long game” – advice at VentureFest East

    Published: 2 May, 2016

    The next big idea in the agri-tech sector could take the farming world by storm, but don’t expect it to happen overnight, cautions William Kendall, entrepreneur, investor and organic farmer,…

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  • Designed by farmers, driven by GPS

    Published: 2 May, 2016

    GPS positioning can be made accurate to within a few centimetres using a technique called ‘Real Time Kinematics’ developed by farmers. It can be used to guide farm machinery along…

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  • Sentinel satellites offer agri-tech business opportunity

    Published: 18 April, 2016

    The recent launch of the new Sentinel satellites, part of the European Union’s ‘Copernicus’ Earth observation programme, has the potential to help farmers take precision agriculture to a new level,…

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  • Elveden Farms selected for AHDB Potatoes SPot Farm

    Published: 18 April, 2016

    Good news for potato growers and suppliers in the East of England. Elveden Farms has been selected to become a Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm. This is a farmer-driven project which aims to…

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