2018 Agbiz Congress: Mark your calendar 7-8 June 2018

It is our pleasure to inform you that the 2018 Agbiz Congress will be held on 7-8 June 2018 at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.  

Congress theme:  Uncertainty creates opportunity

The Agbiz Congress is one of the major events on the food, feed, fibre and wine sectors’ agenda in South Africa. We anticipate attracting 400 delegates to the 2018 congress, which will feature presentations and discussion panels from local and international speakers, as well as a student case competition and two social events.

CEOs, senior management and board members, as well as key delegates from government, producer organisations, processors, academia and various other major role players in the southern African agriculture and agro-food industry are expected to attend the congress.

Download the 2016 Agbiz Congress Report

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Congress registration fees (VAT incl.)

DescriptionClosing dateAgbiz membersNon-members
Early Bird 10 March 2018 R2 500 R3 000
Standard 04 May 2018 R2 900 R3 500
Late 10 May 2018 R5 000 R6 000


Congress registration opens on-line on Monday, 15 January 2018.
The registration fee includes the following: Excellent speakers, entry to both days of the congress, refreshment breaks and lunch on both days of the congress, entry to Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner, congress bag and a congress journal.

Registration fee DOES NOT include accommodation and transport.

Regular updates will be published on this page as the congress draws closer.

SPONSORSHIP AND ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES

Compliment your company’s marketing plan by increasing your visibility as an official 2018 Agbiz Congress sponsor. The following opportunities are provided to help your company stand out from the crowd and get recognised.

PLEASE NOTE:
- Sponsorship bookings will open at 12:00 on Monday, 9 October 2017.  
- NO bookings will be accepted prior to the abovementioned date and time.
- Until sponsorship bookings open, this page serves as reference to assist with planning and budgeting your marketing investment in the 2018 Agbiz Congress.
- A sponsorship prospectus with a sponsorship booking form will be distributed to all Agbiz members before the bookings open.
- Sponsorships will be allocated only on receipt of a booking form with a purchase order number. A letter of confirmation will be provided to confirm the booking, together with a tax invoice for the required 50% deposit. The deposit is payable 30 days from the date of the tax invoice. The balance is due and payable by 10 March 2018. Applications received after 10 March 2018 must include full payment. 
- The sponsorship and advertising packages are all exclusive of VAT.  
- All sponsorship opportunities will be available strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.  
- If your company would like a customised package, we will gladly tailor the benefits to match your needs.  

Below is a list of packages that have been tailored to appeal to a wide variety of marketing objectives or click the link to open the sponsorship prospectus in PDF

Click here for online sponsorship booking form

Diamond Sponsorship (Main congress sponsor) - Value: R300 000 (SPONSORED BY STANDARD BANK)
The Diamond Sponsor will be acknowledged as the premium supporter of the congress, enjoying maximum exposure before, during and after the congress.
Included in package:
- Exclusivity – Only one diamond sponsor 
- Four complementary full congress registrations 
- Banners prominently displayed in main congress hall 
- Prominent branding on all congress marketing and promotional material including website 
- Logo displayed on name badges
- Acknowledgement as Diamond Sponsor in all press releases 
- Acknowledgement during the opening of the congress 
- Opportunity to address delegates for 10 minutes during the congress opening session 
- One wall banner display in networking area 
- One full-page advertisement in congress journal and post congress magazine 
- One full-page article in congress journal Complementary inclusion of one promotional insert in congress bags (supplied by sponsor) 
- Logo on screen during breaks - as Diamond Sponsor
- The Diamond Sponsor will be acknowledged as the premium supporter of the congress, enjoying maximum exposure before, during and after the congress. Included in package

Platinum Sponsorship (Gala dinner)  - Value: R240 000 (STILL AVAILABLE)
The gala dinner will take place on Thursday, 7 June 2018. One of the aims of the dinner is to foster networking and table discussions in a relaxed atmosphere. 
Included in package:
- Banners prominently displayed at gala dinner 
- Three complementary full congress registrations
- Logo on all congress marketing and promotional material, including website
- Acknowledgement during the congress
- Logo in list of sponsors in congress journal and post congress magazine 
- Logo on screen during breaks - as Platinum Sponsor
- Logo on gala dinner programme / menu 
- One reserved table at the gala dinner
- Opportunity to address guests for 10 minutes during the gala dinner
- Opportunity to provide corporate gifts on place settings at gala dinner (supplied by sponsor) 
- Complementary inclusion of one promotional insert in congress bags (supplied by sponsor)

Gold Sponsorship (Welcome function)  - Value: R160 000 (STILL AVAILABLE)
The welcome function will take place on Wednesday 6 June 2018. 
Included in package:
- Banners prominently displayed at the welcome function 
- Two complementary full congress registrations
- Logo on all congress marketing and promotional material, including website
- Acknowledgement during the congress
- Logo in list of sponsors in congress journal and post congress magazine 
- Complementary inclusion of one promotional insert in congress bags (supplied by sponsor) 
- Logo on screen during breaks - as Gold Sponsor
- Logo on welcome function programme / menu 
- Opportunity to address guests for 10 minutes during the welcome function

Silver Sponsorship (Daily lunch and networking breaks) - Value: R50 000 (SPONSORED BY ABSA)
Daily lunch and refreshment breaks will be held in the congress foyer providing significant marketing and networking opportunities for the sponsor. Included in package:
- Daily lunch and refreshment breaks will be held in the congress foyer providing significant marketing and networking opportunities for the sponsor. 
- Opportunity to address delegates for 5 minutes before lunch on first day of congress
- Sponsor logo on table tent cards during networking breaks and lunch
- Opportunity to provide marketing material or giveaways during lunch
- Complementary inclusion of one promotional insert in congress bags
*Sponsor is responsible for printed material and any shipping costs incurred.

International Speakers Value: R55 000 per speaker (ONE SPEAKER SPONSORED BY AFGRI)
ONE SPEAKER STILL AVAILABLE - Click here to book one of our international speakers

Support the congress by sponsoring one or both of our international speakers.
Included in package:
- Identification as the sponsor of the speaker
- Opportunity to welcome and announce speaker
- One complementary full congress registration
- Logo displayed on PowerPoint slide at the commencement of the speaker's session
- Logo on all congress marketing material, including congress website as sponsor of international speaker
- Logo in list of sponsors in congress journal and post congress magazine
- Logo on screen during breaks as sponsor of international speaker
- Acknowledgement during the opening of the congress

Congress Bags - Value: R55 000  (SPONSORED BY ABSA)
*Delegates will receive congress bags containing congress information and inserts provided by sponsors. These bags will be carried by attendees throughout the event and are also used by many afterwards.
Included in package:
- Logo on congress bags (co-branded with Agbiz)
- Opportunity to influence choice of congress bags
- Logo on all congress marketing material, including website  
- Logo in list of sponsors in congress journal and post congress magazine
- Logo on screen during breaks
- Acknowledgement during the opening of the congress

Congress Gifts - Value: R50 000 (SPONSORED BY ABSA)
Delegates will be provided a congress gift as part of their attendance. This is a perfect branding opportunity for your organisation. Only ONE sponsor.
Included in package:
- Opportunity to influence choice of congress gifts (co-branding with Agbiz)
- Logo on all congress marketing material, including website 
- Logo in list of sponsors in congress journal and post congress magazine 
- Logo on screen during breaks 
- Acknowledgement during the opening of the congress

Congress Stationery - Value: R35 000 (SPONSORED BY ENGEN PETROLEUM)
This is an opportunity to provide delegates with folders, writing pads and pens.
Included in package:
- Logo one colour print on folders, writing pads and pens, alongside the Agbiz logo
- Opportunity to influcence the choice of stationery
- Logo on all congress marketing material, including website  
- Logo in list of sponsors in congress journal and post congress magazine
- Logo on screen during breaks
- Acknowledgement during the opening of the congress

Lanyards - Value: R20 000 (SPONSORED BY KAAP AGRI)
Hang your name around every delegate’s neck with the sponsorship of the congress lanyards. 
Included in package:
- Logo on lanyards (co-branded with Agbiz)
- Logo on all congress marketing material, including website 
- Logo in list of sponsors in congress journal and post congress magazine
- Acknowledgement during the opening of the congress

Presenter gifts - Value: R12 000 (SPONSORED BY MONSANTO)
Supporting the congress speakers is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to the congress programme. 
Included in package:
- Opportunity to influence the choice of gift.
- Logo on all congress marketing material, including website 
- Logo in list of sponsors in congress journal and post congress magazine
- Acknowledgement when gifts are presented

Advertise in congress journal and post congress magazine - Value: R11 000
The A4 congress journal containing the congress programme and relevant articles will be inserted in the congress bags of all congress attendees and will be used by Agbiz as promotional material after the congress. A post congress magazine containing articles and photos of the congress and networking events will be published after the congress. Advertising, thus, ensures a high level of exposure during and after the event.
Included in package:
- Advertisement appears in two publications (congress journal and post congress magazine)
- Lifetime of these publications and your advert is beyond the duration of congress
- Logo on all congress marketing material, including website 
- Name of sponsor listed on contents page of both publications
- Logo on screen during breaks 
*Full page, full colour advertisement to be supplied by sponsor
Download the 2016 Agbiz congress journal
Download the 2016 Agbiz congress post congress magazine

Banner display in foyer area - Value: R6 000 per space  (SOLD OUT)
Display your brand in the foyer of the congress hall with high traffic flow during morning registration, networking breaks and lunch.
Only FOUR spaces (3m wide) available.
Included in package:
- Unique opportunity for brand exposure
- 3m wall banner or stand-alone banners
- Logo on all congress marketing material, including website
- Logo in list of sponsors in congress journal and post congress magazine
- Acknowledgement during the opening of the congress
*Promotional material is the responsibility of the sponsor, including printing, delivery, and assembling and dismantling of on-site signage.

Congress bag inserts  - Value: R1 500 per insert
Promoting your product through adding an insert in the congress bags is an extremely cost effective medium.  You may choose to provide either a giveaway or print material.
Included in package:
- One insert of marketing material in congress bags (supplied by sponsor) 
- Logo in list of sponsors in congress journal and post congress magazine
*Promotional material is the responsibility of the sponsor, including printing and shipping to the venue. Details covering quantities required, the delivery date, and address will be provided by Agbiz.

AGBIZ STUDENT PROMOTION AND CASE COMPETITION
In its fourth year, the Agbiz Student Case Competition has become a major event at the Agbiz Congress, offering students the opportunity to demonstrate their analytical and problem-solving skills before a panel of senior management judges.  The competition will begin on Wednesday, 7 June 2018. Four teams, composed of four students, will be given a “real world” case to analyse the problem, formulate a solution and develop a presentation.  Each team will deliver an oral presentation to the judges in a preliminary round.  The best two teams will be selected to advance to the final phase of competition in which they will present to delegates during the congress on Thursday, 8 June 2018. Delegates will vote the best team, and winners will be announced during the gala dinner on 8 June 2018.

Student promotion and case competition
Value: R12 000 per student (SOLD OUT)
The sponsorship includes:
- The student will be named along with his/her sponsoring company on all relevant promotional material 
- Logo on all congress marketing material, including website
- Logo in list of sponsors in congress journal and post congress magazine
- Each sponsor will be announced with the presentation of the students at the welcoming event of the congress
- Acknowledgement during the opening of the congress
- Logo on screen during breaks

Prizes for students
Agbiz members are provided the opportunity to discuss possible prizes for case study participants with the communications officer of Agbiz.  Only Agbiz pre-approved prizes will be presented to participants during the gala dinner event. Agbiz must be acknowledged by sponsor in all communication and branding with regard to the students before, during and after the congress.

Other Ideas
The above packages are not cast in stone and are not exhaustive. If your organisation would like to contribute in any other way to the congress, please feel free to discuss this with us. We will do all we can to make it possible.

SPONSORSHIP ENQUIRIES:
Jennifer Roets
jennifer@agbiz.co.za
012 807 6686

 

To register, please complete and submit the registration form below.

SCHEDULE AT-A-GLANCE

Congress theme:  Uncertainty creates opportunity.

As always, our comprehensive programme will address the full range of issues and challenges now facing the industry, equipping delegates to make informed strategic and operational decisions.  Scroll down to view the schedule.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

08:00 - 17:00 Student case competition

18:30 - 23:30 Welcome function

Thursday, 7 June 2018

07:00 - 08:45 Delegate Registration 

09:00 - 09:30 Opening and welcome

09:30 - 09:40 Opening from the main sponsor

09:40 - 10:20 Opening keynote

10:20 - 11:00 Chairperson's report

11:00 - 11:30 Refreshments/networking

11:30 - 12:10 Featured Speaker A

12:10 - 12:50 Featured Speaker B

12:50 - 13:40 Lunch/networking

13:40 - 14:20 Featured Speaker C

14:20 - 15:00 Featured Speaker D

15:00 - 15:30 Refreshments/networking

15:30 -  16:10 Panel discussion

16:10 - 16:50 Student case competition final round

16:50 - 17:00 Conclusion

18:30 - 23:30 Gala dinner function

Friday, 8 June 2018

07:00 - 08:00 Delegate Registration 

08:00 - 08:15 Opening and welcome

08:15 - 08:45 Featured Speaker E

08:45 - 09:15 Featured Speaker F

09:15 - 09:55 Featured Speaker G

09:55 - 10:25 Refreshments/networking

10:25 - 11:05 Featured Speaker H

11:05 - 11:35 Panel discussion

11:35 - 11:45 Closing remarks

11:45 - 12:30 Lunch/networking

12:30 - 13:00 Agbiz members meeting

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