Paving the Way for Sustainable Food Supply & Future Business Practices
A Panel Curated by BiTHOUSE Venture Group for TechBBQ '19
How do we feed the world?
Help our farmers, education and the right tools! Food is a basic human need. We must fix the food system!
How can we transform the current food supply chain into closed loops and transition to a more sustainable agri-food system? Investors, Researchers, Entrepreneurs and Corporate entities focused on sustainable agri-food tech solutions will discuss trends and companies impacting the future of food, sustainable production, packaging, logistics, and environment.
Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks (Curator, Moderator, Participant) - Founder BiTHOUSE Venture Group / Food and FoodTech Deutsche Startups
Aviaja Riemann-Andersen - CEO & Co-Founder Circular Food Technology
Mark Durno - RockStart AgriFood Fund
Heidi Boye - Denmark Country Manager Too Good To Go
Rasmus Blom - Senior Vice President, Digital Business, FOSS
Peter Votkjaer Jorgensen - Venture Partner Maersk Growth
The purpose of the BiTHOUSE ("Best in Tech" House) initiative is to scout, align, invest, and integrate IT solutions that can make an impact on the future of food, health, entertainment, retail, logistics, and energy industries with a focus on innovation, digital transformation, and sustainability. BiTHOUSE also builds innovation programs, organizes events, and transforms organizations from the inside.
The BITHOUSE GROUP possesses a global network of mentors, innovators, investors and executive leaders in order to knowledge share, create new products, and align with innovative technologies for the food, health, retail, logistics, manufacturing, and energy sectors. We are inclusive and apply a diversity lens to everything that we do.
Our team is a team of the future.. A diverse one. A global one. A #payitforward one. Everyone is an executive and/or employed as an expert and work with BITHOUSE to cultivate a sustainable future. We are global, mobile and determined to "put a dent in the universe."
Innovation + Digital Transformation + Venture + Alliances
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Cultivating digital transformations, strategic alliances, investor relations and global exposure.
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#BH5050 "INCLUSION FACTORS" Initiative
BiTHOUSE’s “Inclusion Factors” initiative was created due to the growing trend of national conversations focusing on diversity amongst work teams due to the integration of technology.
Inclusion has always been part of our USP.....
BITHOUSE had been in the business of “diversity and inclusion” since 2010 under the umbrella of Strategic Diversity Group Inc. As organizations strive to "be digital" and innovate both internally and externally, the need for diversity and inclusion becomes more critical due to positive outcomes relating to ROI and diversified revenue streams. Currently, marketing taglines are being utilized relating to diversity, inclusion and equality amongst men and women, but very few brands, conferences and leadership teams have been able to successfully integrate sustainable diversity within their business models. BiTHOUSE can provide the diversity you need as it relates to startups, gender, skill and other variables which should go hand in hand with your acceleration, innovation and digitalization strategies. We have access to experts across the globe and can both implement and integrate diversity measurements and talent into your hiring practices, management teams, juries, conferences and funding processes.
Tech Connect ™
In 2015, BiTHOUSE started focusing on inclusion factors as it related to European communities and the US entrepreneur / startup culture. Our team has had an opportunity to attend various hackathons, tech events, and conferences throughout the world and have realized a few things are missing. Elements typically missing are those which engage those who are not used to sharing their accomplishments. The "actions speak louder than words" approach is an honorable one, but communication is the key to building brand awareness.
BiTHOUSE is here to help you! We look forward to helping organizations form strategic partnerships and expand their networks to enhance existing technology platforms and diversify current criteria currently utilized to assess success factors amongst the technology community.
We Focus On "Change Agents"
We focus on "CHANGE AGENTS" because they are essential to the continued growth and sustainability of the Internet of Things (IOT). These agents are usually disconnected from mainstream social and professional circles due to the lack of diversity amongst hiring managers, leadership teams and investment entities. We are focused on the Internet of People (IoP) to collaborate and create technology solutions for tomorrow.
BiTHouse cultivates "CHANGE AGENTS" by enabling individuals to tap into their unique skill sets, build confidence and generate interest in areas of STEAM. We provide a safe environment for youth, women and minorities to share their ideas and create innovative technology solutions with the potential to impact the world in which we live.
IT will be one of the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy adding nearly 1.4 million job openings by 2020.
Companies with the highest representation of women on management teams have a 34% higher return on investment than do those with few or no women.
57% of US
By 2060 57% of the US population will be minorities.
1 in 5 Residents
By 2060 1 in 5 residents will be 65+ with 56% of them being non-Hispanic white.
Diversity + IDEAS + Tech = Future
In 2015 BiTHouse and partners started to organize and execute programs focused on Wearable Technology, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE) as it relates to the Internet of People (IoP). IoT by default cultivates and provides the infrastructure for inclusive and connected societies.
BiTHOUSE "WEARABLE TECH"
Food / Nutrition
Health Care Disparities and Disabilities
Nutrition and Health
Executives, thought leaders, and expert speakers share their best practices and case studies around IoT-empowered products, services, and solutions. They will provide examples about how those solutions have:
In 2015 BiTHouse will work with global leaders to help implement strategies that minimize the gap between the connected and the solutions that connect them. Our goal is to work with the EU as well as the USA to minimize barriers to entry and to help organizations and government engage with their diverse client base. By taking into account diversity amongst customers and consumers we work with organizations to solidify business and technology strategies needed to provide seamless solutions needed to integrate things into systems and processes for the future. Our focus is on Mobility, Energy, Manufacturing, and Connected Home/Building/Cities. IoT and IoE aids with the following:
Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks
BITHOUSE GROUP / Capital
Jewell Sparks is the Founder of BiTHOUSE GROUP a not for profit global technology scouting and venture development firm which focuses on identifying technological solutions that have the capability to solve problems for our environment and all of mankind (food, water, health, entertainment, climate, and fashion) independent of race, age, gender, language and/or location. Jewell has worked in both corporate and startup environments and has spent years focused on utilizing data in order to prep and launch innovative product and services spanning the areas of biotech, software technology, retail, music and entertainment. She is an advisor, mentor and angel investor. Her motto is "Bridge the Gap," by "Connecting the Dots." Jewell has been recognized as a global “Digital Trailblazer”, diversity and inclusion influencer and implementor.
Guneet Bedi serves in relayr’s management team as Chief Revenue Officer for Global Sales efforts and heads relayr’s Americas Operations. Guneet is a seasoned technology executive with experience and demonstrated successes in global technology companies across enterprise software, IoT applications and computer networking industry. Among others, his various roles span general management, product management, strategy & business development, pre-sales, and software product development. Before relayr, Guneet’s most recent tenure was at Cisco Systems, where he held leadership roles in Ethernet switching, and most recently being the General Manager of an IoT Software product, based on the acquisition of JouleX. He has also held positions at Symantec Corporation, Oracle Corporation, and Telelogic AB (acquired by IBM’s Rational Software division).
Matt Cohen is Chief Innovation Officer at KUNGFU.AI. He helps businesses create high-value innovative products using technology and data, and works with investors to evaluate companies for venture investment or acquisition, especially in AI/machine learning, digital marketing/advertising, and media. He also serves at a Venture Partner for Austin's Capital Factory Fund, the most active early stage tech investor in Texas. Matt is also Founder of OneSpot, a software platform that helps large brands like Nestle, IBM, and Whole Foods use machine learning and natural language processing to dynamically personalize the content selection for their websites, email newsletters, and advertising.
Kim Martin has been a professional computer scientist for two decades, specializing in data engineering, machine learning, and tech leadership. She has spent her career working on complex big data problems spanning the education, entertainment, finance, robotics, and transportation domains for organizations including Orbitz, United States Department of Defense, Cubic, Avis/Budget, MasterCard, and YouTube. Kim now innovates as a software engineer on the Google Platforms and Infrastructure team in Austin, TX.
Kaleido (Consensys Business)
Sophia Lopez is a founder of Kaleido, a Consensys Enterprise Business. Kaleido is running over 1,500 enterprise networks, with the top 30% of the world top 20 banks running on the platform. It’s the only platform backed by the world’s leading blockchain and cloud companies and has been rated #1 blockchain as a service as well as called the “killer app for enterprise blockchain.” Prior to Consensys, Sophia led IBM Blockchain Platform product portfolio with responsibility to drive the IBM Blockchain business by developing high-value offerings to help clients achieve better business outcomes through adoption of this new technology. Sophia has held various positions in IBM where she has shaped business vision and strategy and developed creative solutions to complex technology problems. As Profit and Loss (P&L) Leader responsible for multi-billion dollar lines of business for enterprise systems, Sophia drove growth in mature segments and incubated new technology business lines.
Sony Music Entertainment (Germany)
Luca Weinrauch is the Head of Data Driven Marketing for Sony Music Entertainment Germany. He focuses on data driven business development solutions to drive market development and strategic partnerships for Sony Music Entertainment.
Dan Altschuler Malek
New Crop Capital
Dan Altschuler Malek is Sr Venture Partner at New Crop Capital, an early-stage fund that backs entrepreneurs developing alternatives to foods derived from conventional animal agriculture including cultured and plant-based meat, dairy, and egg products. New Crop's investments include Memphis Meats, Beyond Meats, Geltor and Miyoko's Kitchen. As Venture Partner, Dan explores deal flow and pursues strategic opportunities to generate growth for the portfolio companies worldwide.
Jury, Partner and Sponsored Events
We sponsor and partner with organizers of several events in order to diversify content and audiences to be more representative of the society in which we live. Our "Inclusion Factors" Initiative was created to mentor and increase exposure for EU founders, women, minorities, seniors, youth and veterans who want to pursue careers in areas of IoT, Wearables, HealthTech, FoodTech, AgTech, STEM and other technology related endeavors. space. Our goal is to be inclusive of women, minorities and EU founders in order to cultivate diversified startup and entrepreneurial ecosystems worldwide.
October 11, 2017
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Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks
W Jewell Sparks is a freelance Innovation Program MD, Corporate / Startup Development and Communications expert as well as the Founder and CIIO (Chief Innovation & Inclusion Officer) of BiTHOUSE Group (BH). A trained cellular biologist turned global market strategist / corporate communications expert, she possesses over 20 years of experience in R&D, thought leader development, market positioning, innovation and technology (injectables, software, IoT, AI, blockchain) adoption and scaling. Her experience spans the industries of: biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, health, consumer products, retail, fashion, food and agriculture. Jewell obtained her MBA in 2001 with a focus of strategic planning, global markets and corporate communications from the University of San Francisco.
Jewell is a keynote speaker, emerging technology juror, workshop facilitator, conference curator / panel moderator, and guest lecturer on innovation, digital solutions, as well as diversity & inclusion in order to "bridge the gap" between entrepreneurship, corporate culture, innovation and digital transformation. Jewell provides "Out of the Box" business development and market diversification solutions for corporates, startups, nonprofits and businesses in transition. She advises and mentors startups on team effectiveness, brand development, social media marketing, and funding strategies. Jewell possesses the experience and the vision to formulate global business concepts and execute them successfully. She helps corporate entities and startups maintain and expand their current markets while attracting and engaging diverse consumer markets.
She helps corporate entities and startups maintain and expand their current markets while attracting and engaging diverse consumer markets. Jewell is able to rapidly assess current business cultures and incorporate innovative solutions + business operation strategies necessary to create sustainable business models to address the needs of future generations. She helps organizations diversify their leadership teams in order to be effective in the following areas: organizational effectiveness, diversity and inclusion initiatives, strategic partnerships/alliances, social media messaging, conference development, hackathons and pitch event execution. Jewell has acquired unique skill sets enabling her to aid organizations with business expansion in various regions and diversify their markets across the United States, Europe, and Asia.
In 2007 she founded Strategic Diversity Group which was an "inclusion in tech" company fostering and supporting #changeagents after cashing out her stock from P&G, Eli Lilly, Amgen and Posit Science. The goal of SDG was to support women, minorities and elderly in STEM careers who wanted to be entrepreneurs and innovators. In 2017, Strategic Diversity Group became BiTHOUSE Group (Best in Tech House or BH) to find, align, fund and scale technology solutions created by brilliant entrepreneurs across the globe in order to help organizations address the dynamic needs of their customers.
We have a global team of over 50 Fortune 500, DACH and Nordic employed executive leadership experts spanning 15 industries (biotech, finance, legal, energy, mobility, health, logistics, fashion, consumer electronics, consumer products, manufacturing, retail, food & agriculture, IT & software) with a total reach of approximately, 1.5 Million professionals. Our organization is mentor / resource based and utilizes a #payitforward business model. Our experts have pledged each to donate a minimum 36 hours a year of their time to aid founders within our network to align effectively and efficiently with Corporate entities. BiTHOUSE Group recently launched BITHOUSE Capital and Venture Labs, as well as IDTaaS (Innovation and Digital Transformation as a Service) PopUp Hubs together with various organizations and conferences across the globe in order to level the the playing field for entrepreneurs creating innovative solutions needed to aid organizations with sustainable business solutions, venture development, digitalization, product development, and proof of concept solutions in the food, health, mobility, entertainment and fashion industries.
At BITHOUSE Group we carefully identify, invite and curate the presence and inclusion of #changeagents who have the capability of being global leaders for both community and traditional business channels. Our USP is that we possess the global experience and the knowhow of securing and growing new business channels, understand corporate growth and development strategies, possess startup leadership experience and align with global experts who work on leadership teams of both corporate and startup entities. We are technologists, educators, community activists, STEM professionals, programmers, producers and trainers. BiTHOUSE does not discriminate due to the fact that we are capable of understanding local sensitivities, cultures alongside global market dynamics. We also work and train technology systems and robots to be more inclusive and adapt to entrepreneurial mindsets.