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Sylvio Petto Neto

Director, Business Development


Sylvio has more than 25 years of international experience in the food and agriculture sectors. Prior to joining Manna Tree, he held operations and business development roles with Cargill and Syngenta and was a Managing Director at Wheatsheaf Group (Grosvenor), where he oversaw the North America Food and AgTech portfolio. Sylvio founded his own consulting company, Green Prairie Consulting, to advise investors and start-ups in the food and agriculture sectors. He was also a member of the Kirchner Group, where he advised global, innovative food companies.

Sylvio serves as a mentor for innovative start-up companies such as TechStars “Farm to Fork” Accelerator and Plug and Play Agriculture Technology.

Sylvio has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomic Engineering from the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Brazil and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

As part of a third generation of family farmers in Brazil, Sylvio was fortunate to have grown up with the freshest possible food. He believes that everyone should have convenient access to healthy food that is produced through sustainable and regenerative practices. As a member of Manna Tree’s Investments Team, Sylvio works very close to the portfolio companies to support portfolio value creation.

Sylvio lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two teenage boys. He and his family enjoy exploring the outdoors together, either fishing and kayaking on the lakes, or out on the golf course.


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