Indoor Ag-Con is a brand name of Newbean Capital, a US-based registered investment adviser that also manages early stage venture capital mandates and has a consulting practice in indoor agriculture that works primarily with multinationals and large institutional investors. Its founder – Nicola Kerslake – has a longstanding interest in agriculture investment, having previously covered agriculture stocks as a highly-rated equity analyst and managed investment portfolios that covered the sector for large institutional investors. She founded Indoor Ag-Con in early 2013 to provide a meeting place for those who are as intrigued as she is about the development of the indoor agriculture industry. In 2016, she founded an alternate finance business – Contain Inc – that works with indoor farmers and with lenders to provide lease finance and – through a relationship with an independent broker – insurance.
Indoor Ag-Con has grown to become the premier indoor agriculture event. It’s two-day annual events are hosted in Las Vegas in the spring, and Singapore in the winter, and it has hosted one-day events in Philadelphia and New York in addition. Its events have welcomed participants from more than twenty countries, and have featured keynotes from leaders in farming, supplier, technology, customer, government and academic sectors.
Some of the companies presenting, sponsoring and attending Indoor Ag-Con are, or may become, Newbean Capital clients, whether for investment management or for other projects. As sponsors of and participants in Indoor Ag-Con, they pay substantially the same rates as non-clients.