Fund Watch

  • First-Ever Sustainable Seafood Investment Holding Company Launched

    Zoma Capital, the family investment office of Ben and Lucy Ana Walton, and Encourage Capital announced that the two have partnered to launch Pescador Holdings, the first-of-its-kind sustainable seafood investment holding company. The launch of the fund, which will be seeded with an initial commitment of $10 million from Zoma Capital,  is t

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  • Huron River Founder Launches New $50M Midwest-Focused VC Fund

    Founding partner of Huron River Ventures, Tim Streit has branched off to found the new venture capital fund, Grand Ventures I LP. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the fund is targeting a maximum of $50 million to invest in very early stage Midwest companies that are either on the verge of entering, or have entered the marketplace in the fie

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  • Sathguru Management Raising $100M Food and Agri Fund

    Indian consulting firm, Sathguru Management Consultants, announced it is currently raising a $100 million Innovation in Food and Agriculture Fund (IFAF). The new fund will be managed by Sathguru’s management company, Sathguru Catalyser Advisors, and will be headed up by Vijayaraghavan K, A Krishna Kumar, Prabhu C, and Venu Gopal Chintada

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  • Germany’s Evonik Expands Ag VC Reach with Investment in Hosen Capital Fund III

    Germany-based animal nutrition and industrial solutions business, Evonik, announced it has made an undisclosed investment in Hosen Capital Fund III as a means of expanding its venture capital activities in Asia. With Evonik’s product lines and services being tied into animal nutrition and global food production, the company notes that the

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  • Investment Plan for Europe Makes First Ag-Related Investment in Ireland Through Forestry Deals

    The Investment Plan for Europe has made its first ag-related investment in Ireland, and its first forestry investment in Europe through two forestry-focused deals completed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) – one in the private sector and one in the public. The Private Sector The EIB announced it has partnered with the Ireland Stra

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  • Agri-Vie Fund II Sees First $100M Close

    Pan-African private equity investment firm, EXEO Capital, announced the first close of its second fund, Agri-Vie Fund II at $100 million. Building upon the success of Agri-Vie Fund I, and launched with the continued mission of investing in food and agribusiness companies along the supply chain across sub-Saharan Africa, Fund II has already

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  • Pearl Capital Partners Announces First Close on Yield Uganda Investment Fund

    Agribusiness-focused investment firm Pearl Capital Partners has announced the successful first close of its fourth impact fund, the Yield Uganda Investment Fund, at €12 million (US$13 million). The Kampala-based firm states that the fund, which has been anchored by a €10 million (US$10.75 million) commitment by the European Union throug

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  • New Food and Beverage Incubator, Born Wild Brands, Launched

    Former chief of Nourish Snacks, Zubin Mehta, announced the launch of Born Wild Brands – a new incubator focusing exclusively on partnering with promising food and beverage startups. The New York-based group includes a team of several veterans of the CPG (consumer packaged goods) sector, as well as former founders, operators, investors and

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  • Céréa Capital Completes Double Closing Totaling €425M

    Céréa Capital, a Paris-based equity firm focused on raising, managing, and advising funds involved in buy-outs and mezzanine and debt financing in the agribusiness sector, has completed a double closing with a total value of €425 million (US$449 million). Sixteen percent of the capital raised was committed by Unigrains, the firm’s spo

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  • Green Acre Capital Launches New Cannabis Focused PE Fund

    Toronto-based Green Acre Capital, a private equity firm focused on investments in the Canadian medical and recreational cannabis industry, has announced the launch of Green Acre Capital Fund I – a new equity fund committed to investments in the legal cannabis sector in the Canadian, U.S., and international markets. Led by managing directo

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