Agtech

  • FarmWise Raises $5.7M to Advance Autonomous Weeding Technology

    San Francisco-based FarmWise has raised $5.7 million in seed funding through a round led by venture fund Playground, and backed by Felicis Ventures, Basis Set Ventures, and Valley Oak Investments. The company also announced that Bruce Leak, the co-founder of WebTV and investor of QuickTime, will be joining its Board of Directors. Founded in

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  • Cargill, Techstars, Ecolab Partner to Launch Food Tech Accelerator

    Expanding into the tech arena, Cargill announced that it is partnering with water and hygiene tech company Ecolab and venture-capital network and facilitator Techstars to launch the Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator in Minneapolis in 2018. Recognizing the vital role that technology will play in the creation of a safer, more sustainable foo

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  • Ginkgo Bioworks Raises $275M Series D

    Boston-based Ginkgo Bioworks announced it has raised a massive $275 million Series D - bringing the company’s total funding to $429 million to date. Included in the round were all previous investors in the company - Viking Global, Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund, Cascade Investment, along with new investors that included global growth equit

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  • 15 Minutes with… TechAccel Co-Founder, President, & CEO Dr. Michael Helmstetter

    by Michelle Pelletier Marshall, GAI Media TechAccel, based in Overland Park, Kansas, is a venture and technology development organization focused on agriculture and animal health. It identifies and invests in new technologies and funds science advancement initiatives with leading research universities to drive the innovations to market. Te

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  • The Climate Corporation Partners with Canadian Drone Data Company

    Monsanto subsidiary The Climate Corporation announced it has partnered with Canadian full-service drone data company, Deveron, to combine Deveron’s aerial imaging capabilities with The Climate Corporation’s powerful analytics services through its Climate FieldView digital agriculture platform. Deveron has a growing fleet of drones that

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  • New Investor Lifts Indigo Ag’s Series D by $47M to $203M

    Boston-based bioagtech startup Indigo Ag continues to announce new funding benchmarks, raising an additional $47 million from new investor, Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), to bring its Series D to a total $203 million. This second close, which gains ICD a Board Observer seat with Indigo, follows an initial close on the Series D at $

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  • Acre Venture Partners, Techstars, Co-Lead $13M Round for Food Incubator

    Acre Venture Partners, the $125 million venture capital fund launched by Campbell Soup in February 2016, and Techstars Ventures co-led a $13 million Series A funding round for Pilotworks, an accelerator for food startups that includes a network of food incubators, mentors, and entrepreneurs. Co-founded by Mike Dee and Nick Devane, and base

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  • Paine Schwartz Partners-Backed Global ID Acquires Organic Certification Provider

    The Global ID Group, a portfolio company of Paine Schwartz Partners, announced it has acquired Bioagricert, a leading food certification and quality control enterprise based in Bologna, Italy, for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 1984, Bioagricert offers organic food certifications that meet both Italian and international standards, as we

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  • Farmers Business Network Raises $110M Series D

    Farmers Business Network Inc. (FBN), the company behind the independent farmer-to-farmer network built to connect farmers and allow for the sharing of data, insights, and information critical to agronomic decision making, has raised an impressive $110 million Series D led by T. Rowe Price Associates Inc. and Temasek. Other repeat investors in

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  • Japanese Food Tech Startup Raises Seed Round from Global Brain

    BASE FOOD, a Tokyo-based food tech startup, has raised a Seed round of ¥100 million (just under US$1 million) from Japanese venture capital firm Global Brain. Founded in April 2016 by Shun Hashimoto - formerly involved in the development of self-driving car technology with the DeNA Co. - BASE FOOD began developing its first product Base P

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