Can Vertical Farming be profitable? Understanding Business Models.

Vertical Farming is an exciting growing technique. More an more innovators and growers deploy vertical farming methods in their operations but some struggle to be profitable. Is it not possible to run a profitable vertical farm? In this presentation we will discuss different business models and key drivers of the vertical farming business case in regards to CAPEX, OPEX and revenue. We will put the consumer in the center of the discussion and elaborate with consumer in mind different vertical farming use cases.

A presentation by Timo Bongartz, General Manager Fluence EMEA.

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Question 1: What drives you?
Supporting the transformation of our food and medicine production system into a sustainable, more resilient set up

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your session?
I guarantee it will be a fun and informative session with a strong focus on business aspects of vertical farming

Question 3: What emerging technologies / trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Special breeding programs

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
higher production and more robust genetics

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The vertical farming market is hyped but still at its infancy

About Timo Bongartz
Timo has spent more than a decade helping businesses to innovate their business models and starting new ventures. His passion for accelerating business transformation—combined with a childhood affinity for cultivation—ultimately led him to the horticulture industry. Today, Timo serves as the general manager for Fluence‘s EMEA region, empowering food, ornamental and cannabis growers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa to achieve their cultivation goals through advanced horticultural lighting technologies. Together with his interdisciplinary, multi-national team he supports greenhouse growers and vertical farmers in over 20 countries and manages industry leading photobiology research.

About Fluence Bioengineering, Inc. (Fluence)
Fluence Bioengineering, Inc. (Fluence) creates powerful and energy-efficient LED lighting solutions for commercial crop production and research applications. Fluence is a leading LED lighting supplier in the global cannabis market and is committed to enabling more efficient crop production with the world’s top vertical farms and greenhouse produce growers. Fluence global headquarters are in Austin, Texas, with its EMEA headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Fluence operates as a business unit within Signify’s Digital Solutions division. For more information about Fluence, visit

Timo Bongartz is speaker at the 2022 edition of the Vertical Farming Conference, part of the Agrifood Innovation Event.

Fluemce will have a booth at the exhibit.

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