Catharine Young, executive director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture, and Benjamin Z. Houlton, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, discuss agri-food systems during a fireside chat at the 2022 Grow-NY Summit in Syracuse.

Grow-NY Summit to spotlight transformative technology

The fifth annual Grow-NY Summit will convene food and ag startups and industry players Nov. 14-15 at the Holiday Inn Binghamton Downtown, spotlighting the innovative technologies being developed locally and their impact that spans beyond the region.

The effect of progress in the Grow-NY region on the broader food and agriculture community will inform the two-day symposium, which will include panels and fireside chats exploring transformative ways to tackle the biggest challenges facing our agri-food systems.


“Upstate New York’s food and farming community has made an impression on a global audience as an ecosystem committed to innovation, economic development and resilient food systems,” said Grow-NY program director Jenn Smith. “There is no better way to join the conversation about the future of food production and the potential of the upstate New York region than to attend this year’s summit.”

The summit, which can be attended in person or virtually, will include a pitch competition featuring 20 startups from around the world who will vie for their share of $3 million. The $1 million grand prize winner, as well as two $500,000 and four $250,000 awardees, will be announced at an off-site awards ceremony on Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the SUNY Broome Culinary & Event Center.

Cornell impacting New York State

The summit will provide an opportunity for Cornell thought leaders and experts across a variety of sectors to exchange new ideas and challenge existing ones about the way we approach the issues confronting our growing population.

This year’s symposium sessions include:

In addition, there will be networking opportunities at the Ecosystem Expo, the tabling portion of the agenda where startups, incubators, economic development agencies, small business partners and other organizations in New York state share their services and support.

Startups, investors, resource providers, researchers, entrepreneurs and students who are interested in food production, sustainability and environmental growth are encouraged to attend.

All-access registration for the Grow-NY Summit is $65, $25 for students, and virtual registration is free. Tickets to the awards ceremony are an additional $50. For more information and to register, visit

Lauren Simpson is a marketing communications coordinator for the Center for Regional Economic Advancement.

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