Agtech

  • SkySquirrel Raises $3M, Merges with VineView

    SkySquirrel, a Halifax, Canada-based permanent crop-focused drone company, announced it has raised $3 million in follow-on funding backed by Innovacorp, an existing investor in the company, and an unnamed private investor from Ontario, Canada. The company also has announced its merger with Napa Valley, California-based VineView Inc. to create

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  • Indoor Farming Powerhouse Plenty Planning for 300 Farms in China

    San Francisco-based indoor vertical farming startup Plenty is taking the initial steps toward its planned expansion into China and Japan. The company is currently adding to its team on the ground in China, and is scouting out locations and distributors in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen for up to 300 of its vertical indoor farms across the

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  • AquaBounty Technologies Announces $12M IPO to Fund Expansion

    AquaBounty Technologies announced it has issued an underwritten public offering with the goal of raising $12 million. Founded in Maynard, Massachusetts, about 20 years ago, and with a second location in Fortune, Prince Edward Island, AquaBounty is a biotechnology company that aims to raise sustainability in the aquaculture industry, and m

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  • FieldIn Raises $4M to Advance the Management of Pesticide Usage

    Israeli agtech startup FieldIn announced that it has successfully raised $4 million to advance its technology to monitor and control pesticide usage. The fundraising was co-led by Gal Ventures and Germin8 Ventures, and included existing investor Terra Ventures as well as international angel investors and the Israel Innovation Authority - t

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  • Expert Commentary: Early-Stage Funding Gap in Agtech and How to Close It

    by Brett Morris, Principal for TechAccel   Early in 2017 I was approached by several CEOs seeking additional funding for their startup. This is nothing out of the ordinary for venture professionals as we see hundreds of deals come across our desk annually. These conversations, however, were different from the previous year. Most of the ent

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  • Inocucor’s Series B Raised by US$9.5M Through Second Close Led by Pontifax AgTech

    Inocucor Technologies, a Montreal-based producer of sustainable microbial crop accelerators and biostimulants for high-value produce and row crops, announced a second close to its Series B funding round. Pontifax AgTech has led additional funding of US$9.5 million to bring the Series B to a new total of US$38.9 million Founded in 2014 i

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  • Ingredion Launches Incubator, Makes Leadership Changes

    Global ingredient solutions business, Ingredion, announced it has launched Ingredion for Emerging Business, a U.S.-based incubator platform designed to drive growth for emerging food and beverage startups. Headquartered in Illinois, Ingredion uses grains, fruits, vegetables, and other plant feedstocks to make value-added ingredients, sweet

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  • Aussie Crop Health Monitoring Startup FluroSat Raises A$1.5M

    Australian agtech startup FluroSat announced it has raised A$1.5 million (US$1.2 million) in funding through a round including CSIRO Main Sequence Ventures, AirTree Ventures, and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) of Australia. The startup also has secured a number of grants with the assistance of Cicada Innovations and it

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  • Nuritas Targets U.S. with $20M Series A

    Nuritas, an Ireland-based food and biotech company, has raised $20 million through a Series A backed by Cultivian Sandbox. Founded in 2014 by mathematician and computational biologist Dr. Nora Khaldi, the company, which is based in Dublin and which was awarded Forbes’ Thrive Accelerator award, uses artificial intelligence, deep learning,

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  • Israel’s SuperMeat Raises $3M to Advance Lab-Created Chicken

    Israel-based biotech startup SuperMeat, a company dedicated to developing cultured meats in a laboratory setting, has raised a Seed round of $3 million backed by U.S.-based venture capital fund New Crop Capital, mission-focused venture capital firm Stray Dog Capital, and European poultry producer PHW. Founded in Tel Aviv in 2015, SuperMeat

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