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AgTech Biotech

AgTech startup Enko Chem raises $45 million to bring sustainable biopesticides to market.

Enko Chem Inc. (Enko) publicly launched after securing $45 million in a Series B round of financing, bringing its total funding raised to date to $66 million. Specialised in small-molecule pest control products, the startup’s tech platform is used to discover new ways to protect crops from pests and diseases. The Bill & Melinda Gates […]

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AgTech Biotech

Pluton Biosciences selected for Global Illumina Accelerator

Pluton Biosciences is a microbial testing and discovery research company dedicated to finding unique microbes to replace synthetic chemical applications in agriculture and pest control with eco-friendly natural products. Pluton’s industry disrupting process patches critical “cracks” in the Research and Development pipeline by speeding the introduction of novel and beneficial bioproducts to market. Pluton Biosciences, […]

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AgTech FoodTech

ESG set aside over S$55 million to develop a vibrant agri-food tech ecosystem

Enterprise Singapore (ESG) has set aside over S$55 million to accelerate the growth of promising local agriculture and aquaculture companies. ESG’s ongoing efforts will catalyse innovation and scalable solutions to meet evolving needs. ESG has put in place various initiatives to support the growth of the agri-food tech startup ecosystem and drive deep tech commercialisation. […]

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AgTech Climate Change

Combating climate change with AgTech and FoodTech

SHAKE Climate Change is a consortium-based programme led by Rothamsted Research. SHAKE helps entrepreneurs and start-ups who are combating climate change with science or tech-based ideas in the areas of agriculture and food production The £3.5m SHAKE Climate Change Programme has announced its first three ventures to invest in. Energy from manure, a yield boosting […]

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AgTech Greenhouse

AgTech startup AppHarvest partners with Dutch government to create America’s AgTech capital

AppHarvest, a startup building North America’s largest greenhouse, announced it’s partnership with the the governments of the Netherlands, the state of Kentucky and several universities and private companies to create an AgTech capital in Appalachia. The venture will partner with local and international experts to help boost the state’s economy, while increasing the country’s food […]

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AgTech Incubation

ThincLab Innovation Hub to drive AgTech and Food innovation

South Australian Government’s Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) has partnered with the University of Adelaide’s ThincLab to establish a unique AgTech incubator at the Loxton Research Centre to foster entrepreneurial thinking and high impact innovation in the region. It will offer a place where entrepreneurs, business startups, existing companies, associations, and students can develop […]

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AgTech Research

High-performance PPE masks using wool

Lincoln Agritech, a multidisciplinary research and development company owned by Lincoln University in New Zealand, has received $290,000 in government funding to create biodegradable wool-based personal protective equipment (PPE) masks for COVID-19 pandemic response. Established in 1964, Lincoln Agritech delivers leading-edge science and engineering knowledge and technologies into environmental, primary, processing and new materials applications. […]

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AgTech Water

LTI (Liquid Technology International) Water Treatment Technology

LTI Water Enhancement Technology (LIWET) is the technology which changes the structure of water and enhances its function and benefits to the livings on the globe. LIWET can be applied to any type of water including city water, well water, river and lake water, and even sea water in which each of those applications there could […]

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FoodTech Plant-based

FoodTech startup, Heartbest, raised US$2 million in Series A funding

Heartbest Foods, the foodtech startup from Mexico has secured an investment of US$2 million from venture capital fund Blue Horizon Ventures. The company has been working with ingredients like amaranth, quinoa, and peas to develop vegan dairy products like milk and cheese. Heartbest Foods, founded in 2017, can currently be found in retailers like Soriana, […]

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AgTech Machine Learning

AI-driven agritech startup, Connecterra, raised €7.8 million to make the dairy industry more productive

Dutch startup Connecterra has secured €7.8 million ($8.75 million) in a Series B funding round from a group of investors including ADM Capital, Kersia, Pymwymic, Breed Reply and Sistema_VC. Connecterra, founded in 2014, aims to empower animal farmers of all sizes to increase productivity, while reducing the substantial impact that animal agriculture has on our […]

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AgTech FoodTech Protein

Government of Canada announced $100 million financing for Merit Functional Foods plant

The Government of Canada announced the financing of close to $100 million for the new Merit Functional Foods plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Merit Functional Foods will construct a commercial-scale protein extraction facility that will produce plant proteins superior in solubility, flavour and purity. This plant, scheduled to be fully operational in December 2020 will create […]

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FoodTech Investments

FoodTech startup, SilverConnect raised funds to fast-track the rollout of food options for people with swallowing difficulties

The question, “What happens if one day a person cannot eat?” was lingering in the minds of Directors, Yiru Shen and Jeannie Ong, when they started a specialised FoodTech startup, SilverConnect. The company was founded in 2017 with the intent to enhance nourishment for the elderly and relieve their caregivers from the daily burden of […]

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Agriculture Policy

Bounce back plan for food and agriculture industry launched in UK

The measures introduced today will support producers, manufacturers and agri-tech companies across the food supply chain, from farm to fork. The new strategic interventions jointly announced by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will offer immediate support to help businesses in the industry grow their trade […]

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Biotech FoodTech

Alt-food startup Biomilq raised $3.5 million in funding from Breakthrough Energy Ventures

An artificial breast milk company, based in Durham, North Carolina, has received $3.5 (£2.8) million from Breakthough Energy Ventures, an investment fund co-founded by Bill Gates. Biomilq was co-founded by Leila Strickland PhD, an accomplished cell biologist, and Michelle Egger MBA, an experienced food scientist. The company is on a mission to provide the next […]

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Food Security Local Food

Buy local branding initiative: “Buy Algoma, Buy Local”

Given the urgent need for change in the global food market, there has never been such a demand for locally grown, fresh, organic food. Local production helps mitigate reliance on imports and serves as a buffer during supply disruptions to import sources, which contributes to the food security. It not only stimulates the local economy, […]

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AgTech Biotech

AgTech Company Bee Vectoring Technologies “BVT” announced three new deals with Michigan blueberry growers

AgTech Company Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. “BVT” announced three new deals with Michigan blueberry growers to use BVT’s natural precision agriculture system. By adding Michigan’s 20,000 acres, BVT has now penetrated 83% of the US blueberry market. BVT, founded in 2012, is a leading technology company that uses commercially-reared bees to deliver sustainable and […]

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Policy Webinar

Webinar: How to increase livelihoods of migrant labourers Post COVID-19

COVID-19 brought the issue of migration in limelight in India. As per estimates, 1 out of every 3 Indian is a migrant. The imposition of lockdown as a safety measure to contain COVID-19 pandemic, has badly effected the unskilled and semi-skilled migrant work force of India. Due to COVID 19, massive reverse migration happened from urban […]

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AgTech Biotech

GreenLight Biosciences raises $102M to bring sustainable biopesticides and a COVID-19 vaccine to market

GreenLight Biosciences, a growing agtech and life sciences company, has raised $102 million round of funding from Morningside Ventures, S2G Ventures, Cormorant Asset Management, Continental Grain Company, Fall Line Capital, Tao Capital Partners, Baird Capital, MLS Capital Fund II, Lewis and Clark AgriFood, and Lupa Systems. The funding is expected to rapidly expand production of […]

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AgTech Machine Learning

CSIRO and AgTech company Goanna Ag have announced a partnership to maximise the use of irrigation water

Australia’s national science agency the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and agtech company Goanna Ag have announced a partnership that will see sensors and analytics combined to maximise every drop of irrigation water used to grow crops. Under the partnership, Goanna Ag will incorporate WaterWise, a CSIRO-developed technology, into its existing GoField irrigation […]

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e-Commerce Supply Chain

Tanzanian agri-tech startup East Africa Fruits hopes to scale into new verticals

East Africa Fruits, after bagging a $3.1 million investment that comprises both equity and debt capital, has witnessed tremendous growth in its farm-to-market sector B2B e-commerce platform. The company aggregates demand and deliver a wide range of fresh produce directly from farms to retailers, wholesalers, local vendors, restaurants and cafés, hotels and exporters. Founded by […]

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Food Security Regenerative Agriculture

Soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal has been selected as this year’s World Food Prize Laureate

Eminent Indian-American soil scientist Dr. Rattan Lal has been selected as this year’s World Food Prize Laureate and will receive a $250,000 award for his work in promoting soils for sustainable development. Dr Lal, 75, is named as the 2020 World Food Prize Laureate for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production […]

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Food Loss/Waste FoodTech

Mi Terro, a Los Angeles-based startup, that turns old milk into fabrics seek China partners

Mi Terro, a Los Angeles-based startup, that upcycles waste produced in the dairy industry by creating sustainable fabrics, is in talks with leading dairy companies in China over strategic partnerships. It is estimated that 128 million tons of dairy products are dumped every year globally. Mi Terro intends to launch in China on June 18 […]

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Food Processing FoodTech

CoLaboratory, a co-working space for Food and Beverage Industry

CoLaboratory Chicago, a co-working space created exclusively for those who work in the Food and Beverage Industry announces its opening in the West Loop, the center of the city’s dining scene. The work space designed exclusively for Food and Beverage companies is the perfect space to engage clients. It provides an innovative ecosystem with an […]

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Food Loss/Waste FoodTech

FoodTech startup Cambridge Crops develops an edible coating from silk

Cambridge Crops, Inc. a food tech company based in Somerville, Massachusetts develops an edible, imperceptible coating that might replace plastic packaging to preserve meats and produce. Benedetto Marelli, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at MIT, was a postdoc at Tufts University’s Omenetto Lab when he stumbled upon a novel use for silk. Marelli […]

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AgTech Digital Solutions

The Microsoft for Agritech Startups program

In its efforts to bolster the India’s startup ecosystem, Microsoft announced the launch of the program, “The Microsoft for Agritech Startups” on June 3, 2020. The program is intended to help startups build industry-specific solutions, scale, and grow with access to deep technology, business, and marketing resources. This program offers the best-in-class tech and business […]