Event Details

AI in CPG – Fireside Chat + Networking Night

Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by S2G Ventures, San Francisco

S2G Ventures & Naturally Bay Area invite you to join us on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, for an evening of connection and conversation as we kick off our 2024 event series. We'll explore how AI will radically impact the future of food and CPG businesses.

AI is revolutionizing the relationship between food and medicine, revealing the connections between farming practices, soil health, and bioactives as indicators of food's nutritional value.

The evening will kick off with a fireside chat led by Chuck Templeton, Managing Partner of S2G Ventures, with Lee Chae, Co-founder and CSO / CTO of Brightseed, exploring how AI and machine learning are being used across the food and consumer health industries. Stick around after the chat to parley and ponder what the future might hold with your fellow Bay Area innovators and CPG leaders.

Appetizers and drinks (wine + beer) will be served.


5:00 – 6:00 Eat, Drink, & Mingle with the Naturally Bay Area Community

6:00 – 6:30 Fireside Chat about AI in CPG

6:30 – 7:30 Eat, Drink, & Mingle with the Naturally Bay Area Community

VENUE: S2G Ventures will be hosting us at the SOFAR offices at 501 Embarcadero, near Pier 26. Please look for the Naturally Bay Area signs for the entrance.

PARKING: Pier 30 ImPark Lot (next to Red's Java House)

Walking Distance 0.1mi to event

Mon–Sun 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

2hrs $4.00

Flat Weekly Rate $17.00


  • Chuck Templeton (Senior Managing Director of S2G Ventures)

    Chuck Templeton

    Senior Managing Director of S2G Ventures


    Chuck Templeton is a member of the Builders Vision Leadership Team and a Senior Managing Director at S2G Ventures, the direct investment team at Builders Vision. Chuck was drawn to the teams because he saw a unique opportunity to reimagine the food system to make it healthier, resilient, and equitable, while also helping it mitigate and adapt to climate change. Chuck is an entrepreneur who has a passion for helping other early-stage, emerging entrepreneurs and companies scale their businesses.

    As an ex-operator he considers himself a student of leadership, entrepreneurship, and cultural development. He is focused on helping entrepreneurs take their ideas, validate them, build infrastructure, and ultimately scale their business innovations to find solutions to the most urgent environmental and societal problems facing humanity today. He focuses on supporting portfolio companies in leadership development, establishing a strong culture, operations, and team building.

    As an ultra-runner and former Army Ranger, Chuck understands the importance of healthy, nutritious food, and as a father, citizen of the world and businessperson, he decided to focus his efforts on helping to build a nutrient-dense, affordable, sustainable and climate stabilizing food system.

    Chuck received a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics from California Polytechnic State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He has an awesome wife and two amazing daughters.

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  • Lee Chae, PhD (Co-Founder and Chief Science & Technology Officer of Brightseed)

    Lee Chae, PhD

    Co-Founder and Chief Science & Technology Officer of Brightseed


    Lee Chae, PhD, is the co-founder and chief science & technology officer of Brightseed, the bioactives company on a mission to deliver novel, proactive health solutions for consumers worldwide. As a trained computational biologist and former researcher at the Carnegie Institute at Stanford University, Lee is the creator of Brightseed’s award-winning AI platform Forager® that is built to mine the chemical diversity of the natural world, and illuminate the molecular connections between bioactive compounds and human biological systems. Lee was also the chief architect of a computation-based platform for discovery of next generation food proteins, which led to the successful commercialization of novel plant protein products and the world’s first patent on machine-learning strategies for food ingredient discovery. Lee received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Plant, Computational, and Genomic Biology and lives in San Francisco, CA.

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S2G Ventures/SOFAR Office

Pier 26
San Francisco, California

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