Agtech

  • Winnow Raises US$7.4M Round to Scale Up its Fight of Commercial Food Waste

    UK-based Winnow Solutions, a tech developer of smart solutions that help commercial kitchens reduce food waste, announced it has secured its latest US$7.4 million growth capital round led by Circularity Capital, Mustard Seed, and D-Ax. This round follows upon an oversubscribed US$3.3 million Series A for the company led by Mustard Seed and

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  • Capagro Innovation Finalizes Second Funding Round; Doubles in Size

    Capagro Innovation, the first French fund dedicated to investing in agriculture, food, agronomy, and nutrition, announced a second and final close for its Capagro Innovation Fund. The fund raised another €66 million (US$77.8 million) - doubling the fund’s corpus to €124m (US$147m) and surpassing its original funding goal of €120 millio

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  • Japanese Ag Drone Company Nileworks Raises US$7M

    Nileworks, a Japanese agtech company focused on the development of hyper-precise agricultural spray drones, announced the successful raising of 800 million yen (approximately US$7 million). Involved investors include Japan’s National Institute of Industrial Innovation, Kumiai Chemical Industry Co., Sumitomo Corporation and its subsidiary Sum

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  • Update: MycoTechnology Closes Series B Oversubscribed at $42M

    Colorado-based mushroom-focused food tech startup MycoTechnology announced that it has officially closed its Series B round of funding oversubscribed at $42 million. In mid-September the company announced it had successfully raised  a $35 million round co-led by S2G, Bunge Ventures, and Emerson Collective. Other investors included in the r

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  • Ex-Tesla Exec Joins Vertical Farming Startup Plenty

    Kurt Kelty, the former director of battery technology for Tesla, has joined vertical farming startup Plenty Inc. as the senior vice president of operations and market development. After being with Tesla since 2006, it was announced at the beginning of August that Kelty was leaving the company just as Tesla released its first issue of Mode

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  • BASF Acquires Majority of Bayer Seed and Herbicide Business in $7B Deal

    As part of its planned acquisition of Monsanto, Bayer has agreed to divest significant portions of its seed and non-selective herbicide business to BASF in a US$7B all-cash deal. This deal marks the entrance of Germany’s BASF, the third largest player in the crop chemical industry, into the global seeds space - a sector that the group had

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  • Pontifax AgTech Announces $105M Close for Food and Ag Tech Fund

    Pontifax AgTech Management announced the successful close of its first fund - Pontifax Global Food and Agriculture Technology Fund - at $105 million. Founded in Santa Monica, California, in 2014, Pontifax is a leading growth capital investor that works with its extensive network of growers, tech experts, and strategic corporate partners to

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  • Epsilon Venture Partners Leads $8M Series A for Indian Agtech Company Farm Taaza

    Indian fresh produce supply chain management and business-to-business (B2B) agtech platform Farm Taaza Produce Pvt. Ltd has raised an $8 million Series A led by Hong Kong-based Epsilon Venture Partners, and Tara Indian fund IV. Founded by Silicon Valley veterans in Bengaluru, Farm Taaza is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gram Suchana Solutions

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  • Agtech Valuations – a new paradigm?

     by Arama Kukutai, Managing Director at Finistere Ventures, LLC Activity in the Agtech sector has skyrocketed over the last five years—marking its arrival as an important piece of the venture capital ecosystem. And as with any important milestone, understanding how we got to where we are today and the trends shaping where we are he

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  • Silicon Valley VC Firm, Creative Ventures Launches $50M Fund Focused on Tech

    Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Creative Ventures announced the launch of its second fund - a $50 million vehicle dedicated to investing in deep tech startups that address global issues including population dynamics, climate change, and labor issues through investments in healthcare, agriculture tech, and industrial tech ventures.

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