What we’re about
This meeting is a networking opportunity for those interested in innovating in Agriculture. We hope that great communication between Ag innovators, enthusiasts, students and professionals will generate ideas and opportunities to bring positive impact to North Carolina and beyond. We welcome community members who are interested in creating the future in Agriculture: growers, research, engineering and tech employees, veterans, companies, investors, students, start-ups, makers and enthusiasts.
If you know anyone, in who might benefit from being a part of RTP AgBio + AgTech, please share this invite with them. The group holds meetings in various formats and locations and serves as a starting point for Future Focused Agriculture networking.
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- February 28 — The Path to Plant Plastics with Plant Switch79 Degrees West, Pittsboro, NC
Are you concerned about plastic waste overflowing landfills, polluting oceans, and persisting for centuries? Wondering if big consumer brands will ever adopt truly compostable plastics? We are thrilled to host Dillon Baxter, CEO of PlantSwitch an innovator at the forefront of converting agricultural byproducts into functional and scalable alternatives that leading companies are implementing across supply chains. Join us to learn about Dillon’s inspiring entrepreneurial journey!
RTP AgBio + AgTech is being hosted by Innovate Carolina Founders Series at the 79° West Innovation Hub in Pittsboro.
Agenda for meeting:
5:00-5:15 Arrival (Scroll down for directions)
5:10-5:15 Announcements/ Introductions
*** First Flight Venture Center our partner
***AgBio+AgTech and ag community
5:15-5:20 Speaker Introduction
*** Susanne Kjemtrup
5:15-6:00 Guest speaker
***Dillon Baxter CEO, PlantSwitch
6:00-6:45 Networking and refreshments
6:45-7:00 Wrap up; Meeting End
Dillon Baxter is cofounder and CEO of PlantSwitch, an alternative plastics company developing plant-based, compostable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. PlantSwitch recently opened a Sanford, NC facility with over 50 million pounds of annual production capacity and are working with several Fortune 500 clients to replace plastic throughout their supply chain. Dillon and his cofounder Maxime Blandin were recently named in Forbes 30 under 30 for Manufacturing and Industry, 2024; Dillon graduated with a degree in finance and alternative asset management Southern Methodist University in Texas, where he also played collegiate golf.
Innovate Carolina Founder Series
Delve into tales of triumphs and missteps, as startup leaders not only share their victories but openly discuss their pitfalls. These authentic conversations aim to inspire and enlighten, providing valuable insights regardless of where you find yourself on the innovation journey. From big funding wins and leadership lessons to legal missteps and financial faux pas, you’ll hear the unvarnished stories behind the ventures from those who’ve been living the startup life for years.
Innovate Carolina is extending their Founder Series by collaborating with other local innovation and coworking hubs in addition to the Junction to bring Founders Forum events to locations beyond Chapel Hill.