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Innovators: The poultry industry needs your ideas

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Innovation has been the cornerstone of the success and growth of the poultry industry. The Poultry Tech Summit will bring innovators and investors together to accelerate technology transfer to the industry.

March 9, 2018

The broiler, turkey and table egg industries have grown and prospered because of the innovative technologies that have been developed by researchers and inventors. Unfortunately, the phrase, “if you build a better mouse trap, then the world will beat a path to your door,” isn’t always the case. Often good ideas either don’t get developed or have their development delayed because the funding isn’t available to take the innovation from the idea or prototype stage to a market-ready product.

The Poultry Tech Summit is being launched this year to make sure that more of these “better mouse traps” get an opportunity to be seen by the people who can use them and make sure they get to market.

To accomplish this, the Poultry Tech Summit will bring together innovators, financiers, venture capitalists and bankers, poultry sector technology experts and professionals from commercial companies. This mix of attendees and presenters will stimulate conversation around current and future poultry industry needs as well as the technologies that can be developed to satisfy these needs.

The inaugural Poultry Tech Summit, which will be held November 5-7, 2018 at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia, is now launching its call for innovations. The summit is looking for innovators who will be given the opportunity to showcase projects in need of funding that are 3-5 years from availability in the marketplace.

Innovations serving all aspects of the poultry industry, from live production through processing to the end of the supply chain, are encouraged to be submitted.

Innovators should visit the Poultry Tech Summit website for more information and to download an application form.

Completed applications and abstracts are due by April 20, 2018.

Whether you are a researcher, entrepreneur, investor, poultry industry professional or work for a company supplying the poultry industry, I hope you will join us at the Poultry Tech Summit to get a look at the technologies that will impact how poultry are raised, processed and distributed in the future.