You will be pitching to a panel of industry experts in the agricultural field, each with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. 

They are looking to support the best concepts or to develop ideas for new technologies and innovations, which will help shape the future of the UK’s agricultural industry.  

Business Director for the BASF Agricultural Solutions business in Northern Europe.

Michael Wagner

Michael’s role covers the commercial Agricultural Solutions operations in UK, Ireland, the Nordic and Baltic countries.

He joined BASF in 1992 and has worked in several functions at country, regional and global levels. Prior to his move to Northern Europe, Michael was director for strategy, portfolio and third-party management for the crop protection business globally in the BASF headquarters in Limburgerhof, Germany.

he holds a Masters degree (Dipl. Ing. Agr) in Agricultural Engineering gained in Germany and an additional Masters degree from Cranfield University. Prior to entering higher education, he held an apprenticeship as a Farmer.

BASF Venture Capital GmbH
Investment Manager

Dr. Claus Hackmann

Claus joined BASF as an investment manager in 2010. He is active in four boards. The related companies are based in the US, the UK, Switzerland and Germany.

Before that he was head of production of Electronic Materials in Europe within BASF SE and was leader of the Business Process Management team in the business unit detergents and formulators.

He joined BASF SE in 1994 and worked until 2003 in several functions in research, development and production.

He studied chemistry at the Westfälischen Wilhelms Universität in Münster and did his post doctorate at the UCSB in Santa Barbara.

AgriTech Entrepreneir, Farm491

Luke Halsey

Luke has a range of experiences working with environmental and social impact orientated start-ups, helping them develop their business models and raise investment.

Having worked in California on Mission Investing portfolios that fill market gaps, he has sought out and invested in innovative solutions to problems in the field of climate change and human rights. Luke has also been proactively with The Schmidt Family Foundation and Alpha Impact Investment Management Partners.

At Farm491 Luke works closely with all companies helping them with all of their business support needs, while also building their network.