What We Do
AgTech X is building a community of individuals who are actively seeking opportunities at the intersection of Urban Agriculture, Technology, & Sustainability. We do this by curating knowledge, building collaboration, and identifying pathways to action for our members. Currently, we offer coworking-style memberships at our workspace in Brooklyn, where we also host classes, workshops, and other events for non-members.
But that is just the beginning. If you're curious to hear more about our future plans, get in touch with the team here.
Who We Are
Ricky Stephens, Co-Founder
Ricky's expertise is in building and operating digital platforms focused on customer acquisition, engagement, and retention. Ricky spent four years with Red Ventures, a leader in digital marketing & sales technology, where he helped to launch and scale RV’s first international office in Sao Paulo as Manager of Marketing Analytics. Upon moving back to the US in the summer of 2016, Ricky founded res mktg, a digital marketing consultancy focused on helping emerging, sustainability-driven companies grow their businesses through paid marketing efforts. Ricky received his B.A. in History from Davidson College.
Henry Gordon-Smith, Co-Founder
Henry’s expertise is in planning and operating urban agriculture projects. Since 2014, he has served as the Managing Director of Agritecture Consulting (formerly Blue Planet), a leader in the design & implementation of urban farming projects globally. Henry is also the founder of Agritecture.com, the premier website for news, events, and emerging technologies in the vertical farming space. In 2013, Henry became a founding member of the Association for Vertical Farming and served as Vice Chair for four years. He's been recognized as a "40 Under 40 Food Policy Leader" by NYC Food Policy Center and one of the "Top 10 People in Produce" by Produce Grower. Henry received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.
Kate Lodvikov, Hydroponics Technician
Kate has operated a number of vertical farming systems in New York City. Most recently she has worked alongside an entrepreneur at Square Roots, assisting with multiple facets of leafy green production in one of their shipping container farms. Kate also installs a variety of indoor farming systems for private chefs around the city. She received a certification in horticulture from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the City University of New York, Hunter College.
Elyssa Rothe, Research & Strategy Advisor
Elyssa’s expertise is in clean energy finance, incentives, and legislation. She is currently employed at PACENation, the nonprofit, national advocacy organization for PACE clean energy financing. Previously, she worked as a marketing and outreach contractor for NYSERDA's energy efficiency programs. Elyssa also serves on the Board of Directors for SPARC Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides services for people with developmental disabilities in Westchester County. Elyssa received her BA in Social Entrepreneurship from New York University and holds a Certificate in Fundraising from NYU’s School of Professional Studies.
Kayla Waldorff, Research Contributor
Kayla is a graduate student in Agricultural Education and Communication with a specialization in Leadership Development at the University of Florida, graduating in the spring of 2018. She has an undergraduate degree in Food and Resource Economics from UF. Kayla is seeking to build on the work she did with the Challenge 2050 Project by pursuing a career that positively disrupts the conventional ways that people get their food, with a focus on controlled environment solutions and nutritional security. You can connect with her here or at firstname.lastname@example.org.