HD3, NMDA, NMSU announce “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food”, November 9-10 in Las Cruces

Media Contacts:
Michelle Miller, HD3: 505-310-5711 / michelleh@hddd.org
Katie Goetz, NMDA: 575-646-2804 / kgoetz@nmda.nmsu.edu
Zetdi Sloan, NMSU/Arrowhead:  575-646-7833 / zrunyan@ad.nmsu.edu

High Desert Discovery District, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and New Mexico State University
announce “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food”, November 9-10 in Las Cruces
Related discoveries from across New Mexico invited to apply

June 30, 2016 – The High Desert Discovery District (HD3) – New Mexico’s first privately-led high technology start-up accelerator – the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and New Mexico State University (NMSU) announced today that they will co-host the next HD3 Discovery Day™ – “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food” – November 9-10, 2016 in Las Cruces.  The event will focus on statewide innovation and commercialization opportunities within or that impact the agriculture, value-added food products and food industries.

“You can think of this event as Shark Tank for the agricultural and food-related sectors, both of which are significant economic drivers for our state,” New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said.  “We’re excited to see people of all backgrounds bring forward their projects and ideas to improve market conditions, develop new market opportunities and solve real and significant challenges in agriculture.”

As with other Discovery Day events, innovators from all over New Mexico are invited to apply to HD3 to present their agriculture, agriculture-related (e.g. water, irrigation, biosecurity, energy, biomass, etc.), food or value-added food discovery/innovation/product to a highly experienced group of subject matter experts, business achievers, entrepreneurs, innovators, management experts and investors.  The application deadline to participate in the Las Cruces Discovery Day is Friday, October 7, 2016.  Application details are at www.hddd.org.

“HD3 Discovery Day will further support the next generation of innovators and leaders in agriculture and food and we are so pleased to be part of it,” said Kathryn Hansen, director of Arrowhead Center at NMSU. “Because of our rich network of entrepreneurs and agribusiness leaders at NMSU and the Arrowhead Technology Incubator, Discovery Day is a very natural and significant progression of our support of agricultural entrepreneurs”.

All Discovery Day presenters are invited to attend the HD3 Networking Cocktail Reception and Casual Supper, an HD3 tradition to gather together presenters, panelists, hosts, sponsors and special guests socially the evening before Discovery Day.  For this event, HD3 will spotlight New Mexico’s wine industry with a wine dinner for all participants on November 9, 2016 in La Mesilla.

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What is Discovery Day?

The purpose of the HD3 Discovery Day is to offer New Mexico innovators and entrepreneurs the opportunity to vet and discuss their innovation or opportunity (‘discovery’), their challenges, strategy and market promise in front of a highly experienced group of business achievers.  Each HD3 advisor has extensive experience in matching technology opportunities with needs in the marketplace, product development, investment strategy, marketing and sales, management, valuations and exits.  In addition to their experience, each advisor also brings a wide international network of contacts and resources that are tapped to accelerate the most promising discoveries.  Each presentation and discussion time is limited to 30 minutes, and all panel presentations are conducted in a private setting to allow for the maximum of sensitive and proprietary business and technological information to be shared; and a fluidity of discussion, strategy and suggestions to occur.  All Discovery Day discussions remain confidential.  Since its founding in 2010, HD3 has hosted 15 Discovery Days throughout the state.   HD3 hosts this signature program with R/D, industry partners or economic development entities across New Mexico.   Between 12-15 discoveries are typically selected to present based on the list of criteria developed by HD3.   The evening prior to Discovery Day, a social gathering for the selected presenters and the HD3 advisors is hosted.  For more information about the Discovery Day application process, please see www.hddd.org.

About HD3

The High Desert Discovery District (HD3) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to identifying and commercializing technology projects in New Mexico.  HD3 manages and drives the process of innovation – building New Mexico growth companies based on cutting-edge national laboratory, university research and other discoveries lead by technologists and scientists unassociated with labs or universities.  HD3 provides a forum and a methodology for entrepreneurs, scientists, innovators and technologists to be heard and their discovery to be understood by a highly-experienced group of business strategists, successful entrepreneurs and management executives and investors seeking to contribute their own knowledge and experience toward the improvement of the New Mexico entrepreneurial economy.  Once a promising, market-validated discovery is identified, HD3 accelerates the discovery and sits in “in the trenches” with the innovators and entrepreneurs to drive it toward progress and successful outcomes.   HD3 – the difference between a start-up that starts…and a start-up that succeeds.  For more information about HD3, visit www.hddd.org.

About NMDA

NMDA is a producer-consumer service and regulatory department.  Through the work of its six divisions, NMDA protects New Mexico agriculture from pests and diseases that threaten plants and animals; enforces pesticide law; advocates for farmers’ and ranchers’ reliance upon natural resources; ensures the sanitation of local milk and dairy products; promotes local food and agricultural products; and ensures fairness in the marketplace.

About AIN

The Arrowhead Innovation Network (AIN) is centered around Launch, Arrowhead Center’s proof of concept center for technology commercialization in New Mexico and west Texas.  A recently awarded federal innovation grant (i6 Challenge) supports AIN, a collaborative network designed to invest in innovation and entrepreneurship, create and retain talent, and strengthen the relationship between research and commercialization.

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