Viable Alternatives for Financing
October 21, 2018 Gvavital

During the 2017 Agrohack Conference, Key financial services industry players discuss how to find the investments needed to fund your project.

Juan E. Bauza is Economic Development Specialist at SBA. Prior to this, Juan served as controlled environment and precision agriculture consultant for projects in Barbados, North Carolina, Canada, Israel and Puerto Rico in cultivars ranging from fresh water prawns to standardized phyto-cultivation of plant medicine. Juan holds a B.S. in life science from USC and a combined master’s in business and nonprofit administration from USC and the University of North Carolina, breaching the theoretical gap between research and commercialization.

Johnny Ralat Cruz is a Financial Analyst at the Innovation Fund for Agricultural Development (FIDA), where he evaluates the feasibility of agricultural projects. Graduated from the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico, bachelor degree in Finance and Economy. Obtained two Master degrees: one in Finance, another in Public Administration. Over 15 years dedicated to public service on agriculture.

Ricardo Fernández is President & CEO of Puerto Rico Farm Credit He has broad managerial experience and acumen in commercial credit and small business lending, debt restructuring, financial analysis for mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning. He led a major restructuring at PRFC to strengthen its financial and regulatory compliance and guarantee long-term stability. His approach to risk management and operational issues achieved a capital base growth from 22% in 2010 to 34% in 2015. He also helps local entrepreneurs develop successful business models.

–_Carlos R. Cobián is an accomplished entrepreneur recognized for developing successful businesses in Latin America and for his forward-thinking, innovative and collaborative approach to business. In 2014 Carlos founded Cobian Media to provide cutting-edge digital marketing services and produce special events designed to inspire and empower individuals, businesses and entire industries to grow and reach their highest potential. Cobian Media is the force behind acclaimed events such as Animus Summit, H3 Tech Conference and Agrohack.

AGROHACK is a premier agriculture innovation summit whose purpose is to propel agriculture as a sustainable source of growth and economic development.