Sebastien Boyer is an entrepreneur and tech investor in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Sustainable Agriculture. He currently serves as the chairman of the board of Farmwise, the company he started at age 24 to bring advanced AI capabilities to farming machines in order to make agriculture more sustainable. With Farmwise, Sebastien Boyer has raised over $75 million dollars in the past 6 years from venture capitalists and has led the company as CEO from a napkin idea to a multi-country, 100+ people, industry-leading company it is today. Farmwise has been mentioned multiple times in top US journals including TIME magazine (Product of the Year 2020), The Economist, The Financial Times and USA Today (Farmwise’s product made the front page cover of USA Today, the most-read newspaper in the US).
For his leadership in bringing state-of-the-art AI technologies to the agriculture industry, Sebastien Boyer has received multiple awards including being named one of the 35 Innovators Under 35 for Europe by the prestigious MIT Technology Review journal in 2018, featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2019, received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 award from the French-American Business Association and was part of the list of the 40 under 40 leaders in the US Fruit and Vegetable industry in 2020.
He currently teaches Deep Tech entrepreneurship at Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ecole Polytechnique in France. He helps early-stage AI companies find product-market fit and scale by being an advisor, an angel investor and a board member to multiple early stage companies and the forefront of innovation. He is also a venture partner at the Silicon Valley based VC Basis Set Ventures where he invests in Series Seed to B AI companies.
Sebastien Boyer is passionate about turning state-of-the-art AI research into real-life impact including productivity gains but also better customer, patient, and individual experiences. He speaks about, and helps companies with the business opportunities AI brings and how companies can concretely leverage its capabilities to get a competitive advantage.
Sebastien Boyer holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique in France. He previously worked as a research scientist for IBM Research and as a Data Scientist for Meta.
He discusses where the opportunities are for businesses to leverage AI in the short term (adapting to specific industries) in order to create differentiation and improve product and services. He then discuss how to make this happen, how to decide what to build in-house and what to outsource, where the business value is. Finally, he discusses the long term strategic implications of AI, what it changes for business in the long run in terms of product positioning and strategic assets.
Most businesses need to adapt to new sustainability goals. Beyond the reporting and the “green washing”, he discusses where environmental efficiency gains are most likely to appear and how technology, including AI, can help companies accelerate toward their sustainability goals.
"Seb Boyer's presentation on Deep Tech entrepreneurship was an eye-opening exploration into the intersection of cutting-edge AI, sustainability, and business; it was a compelling roadmap for the ambitious minds in the audience of aspiring entrepreneurs eager. Seb talks with a frank tone and very sharp clarity of complex topics. The depth of insight and the first-hand experiences shared during the talk were inspiring. What impressed me most was Seb's ability to demystify the complexities of Deep Tech entrepreneurship and distill it into actionable guidance for young entrepreneurs. The anecdotes were relatable, the advice was practical, and the passion was palpable. Whether talking about the importance of innovation or the challenges of scaling a startup, Seb's words resonated with all of us. I wholeheartedly commend Seb Boyer for his enlightening and inspiring presentation. It's talks like these that spark curiosity, foster innovation, and drive our community at MIT toward excellence. We are profoundly grateful for the time and effort invested in sharing such valuable insights, and we look forward to future collaborations."
Jinane Abounadi - Executive Director MIT Sandox Innovation Fund
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