Fund Watch

  • Harvest Returns is Launching New Ag Investment Platform

    Fort Worth, Texas-based fintech company Harvest Returns has announced the launch of a new agriculture investment platform. Founded in 2016 by military veterans, Chris Rawley and Austin Maness, Harvest Returns has created the equity partnership platform to enable agricultural producers and landowners to access capital from investors while st

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  • VMG Closes Fund IV at $550M

    VMG Partners has closed their fourth fund - VMG Partners Fund IV - at $550 million, with another $150 million available through a flex-up vehicle. The capital will be allocated for investments in dynamic and emerging lower middle market CPG brands that post revenues between $5 million and $100 million. However, VMG takes a broad view of the

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  • Newly Launched Summa Equity Fund I Makes First Seafood Investment

    Newly launched Norwegian private equity firm Summa Equity has made its first seafood investment, acquiring a 75 percent stake in Milarex, a value-added salmon processing company located in Slupsk, Poland, for an undisclosed amount. Launched last spring, Summa Equity was founded by Raynir Indahl, formerly of Altor, and Johannes Lien and Jen

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  • TIAA, AGR Partners to Launch $247M TGAM Agribusiness Fund-B

    TIAA Global Asset Management (TGAM) and California-based ag and food-focused private equity firm AGR Partners have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in preparation for the launch of the $247 million TGAM Agribusiness Fund-B. Under the filing for the pooled private equity fund, TIAA-CREF Alternative Advisors and AGR Pa

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  • Summit Agricultural Group Launching $60M Summit Ag Fund III

      Summit Agricultural Group is launching its third fund, Summit Ag Fund III with a funding target of $60 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).   Based in Iowa and founded in 1990 by agribusinessman Bruce Rastetter, Summit has build up a diverse portfolio of ag operations including

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  • Platte River Equity Closes Fourth Fund at $625M

    Colorado-based Platte River Equity announced the close of its fourth private equity fund - Platte River Equity IV - at its set hard-cap of $625 million. Headquartered in Denver, Platte River’s investment thesis focuses on investments of between $10 million and $80 million in North American middle market operating companies in sectors inc

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  • Israel, India to Launch Tech Fund

    During a visit to Israel by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the two countries announced the launch of the Israel India Innovation Initiative Fund (I4F) - an investment vehicle designed to focus on mutually beneficial investments in sectors ranging from agriculture to water to space. Under the terms of the fund, each country has agreed

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  • Grupo Bimbo Launches Venture Investment Arm

    Grupo Bimbo, the Mexico-based bakery goods giant, announced the formation of Bimbo Ventures - an in-house investment arm designed to source and drive highly potential ventures in the food and food tech space. Bimbo Ventures has also partnered with BlueBox Ventures, the largest network of incubators, accelerators, and corporate investment f

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  • Aqua-Spark Launches $15M Africa-Focused Aquaculture Fund

    Dutch pure-play, sustainable aquaculture investment firm, Aqua-Spark, announced the launch of a $15 million Africa-focused aquaculture investment fund in Cape Town on June 27. With backing secured from cornerstone investor Msingi - an East African investment initiative founded by UK billionaire Lord David Sainsbury to invest in high-growth

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  • $50M Indian Ocean Venture Capital Fund Launched to Leverage Chinese Capital

    Indian Ocean Group, the corporate advisory firm of Australian brothers Domenic and Luke Martino, is launching the $50 million Indian Ocean Venture Capital Fund - the first of a potential number of specialty funds that will leverage access to Chinese capital to invest in Australian sectors including agriculture, technology, equities, and real e

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