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Pontifax Global Food and Agriculture Fund II closed at $302 million

Pontifax AgTech Management, a California based firm which invests in technology used in the food and agriculture sector, closed its second fund, Pontifax Global Food and Agriculture Technology Fund II, with commitments totaling $302m. The predecessor fund closed in 2017 with $105 million. Pontifax AgTech invests globally in growing businesses that improve agricultural productivity, nutrition, […]

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AgTech Climate Change Event

Can AgTech startups tackle global climate challenges?

AgTech startups have been changing the agricultural and farming landscape by digitalizing an industry that has changed little in over a century. We are also at an unprecedented time in history where climate change poses the largest threat to our security and safety as a planet. How can AgTech work within the environment to alleviate, […]

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AgTech Horticulture Precision Ag

Nordetect, a biochemical analytics startup won Priva’s “Horti Heroes” challenge

Denmark-based AgTech startup Nordetect won €10,000 Priva’s Horti Heroes challenge, which showcased companies innovating in the horticulture space. This competition was designed to discover pioneering technologies in the horticulture space and providing the winner with the potential opportunity to form a strategic partnership with Priva. Nordetect have developed a novel sensing method based on chemical-based […]

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Agritech company MagGrow raises €6m for crop-spraying technology

Irish agritech company MagGrow raises €6m for crop-spraying tech in Series A round of funding led by Astanor Ventures. It brings the total fund raised for the Agritech startup to €18 million. MagGrow uses magnetic technology to spray crops more precisely, producing higher crop yields, and reducing water and pesticide use. Farmers using the system […]

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Agriculture AgTech Investments

AgTech firm Farmers Business Network raises $250M

Farmer’s Business Network, Inc., a US based agtech firm with a mission to power the prosperity of family farmers around the world by helping them maximize their profit potential, has closed a $250m Series F funding round. The round was led by BlackRock Inc., with participation from new investors Baron Capital Group, Balyasny Asset Management […]

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AgTech FoodTech Protein

AgTech startup Grubbly Farms raised $2.9 million seed funding

Grubbly Farms, an Atlanta-based AgTech startup that develops fresh feed and snacks for chickens, has raised about $2.9 million from VC firm Overline Ventures. Other investors in the round include Oval Park Capital, Create-X and Techstars. The funding will primarily be used for growing the Grubbly Farms team, building a more robust supply chain and […]

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FoodTech Plant-based Vegan

Plant-based meat alternative startup SavorEat raises $3 million

SavorEat raised $3,000,000 Series A from Investment houses: Mor and Meitav Dash. The investment is at a company valuation of $25 million and will be conducted in two stages in accordance with the company’s milestones. SavorEat develops a new generation of meat alternative products which recreate the unique experience, taste and texture of meat in […]

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AgTech Greenhouse Incubation

A new program focused on Indoor AgTech launched

Sente Foundry in partnership with GrowRay Technologies is looking for innovative startups that are disrupting the indoor agriculture world. Sente’s Indoor AgTech program curates a platform of leading-edge hardware, software, and process technologies that, working together, can deliver consistent, high-quality yield for indoor crops. Startup AgTech businesses from around the world are invited to participate […]

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AgTech AI Imagery Investments

Agricultural Intelligence company Taranis-Visual Ltd. raised $30 million

Tel Aviv-based agricultural intelligence company Taranis-Visual Ltd. raised $30 million in a series C round led by Vertex Growth, K3 Ventures, and Japanese multinational Hitachi Group. Taranis is led by a vision to bring precision and control to the agriculture industry across the world, helping growers to maximize and stabilize yield from their crops. Overseeing […]

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Food Loss/Waste FoodTech Investments

Food tech startup Mori, secures $12M Series A for food coating technology

Mori, which focuses on preventing food waste, has raised a $12 million Series A led by Acre Venture Partners, with participation from investors including Prelude Ventures, The Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, and ACCELR8 as well as returning investors The Engine, Refactor Capital, Closed Loop Partners, Blindspot Ventures, and The Fink Family Foundation. The […]

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AgTech Animal Husbandry Big Data

BASF Venture Capital is investing in SmartAHC

BASF Venture Capital is investing in SmartAHC, a leading e-traceability digital solution provider for pig farmers. Their technology optimises productivity yield of pigs through predictive analytics, and caters to a rapidly growing market. Based on low-power wide-area intelligent sensing technology, Smart Animal Husbandry Care Pte Ltd. independently developed the first micro-sensor that is suitable for […]

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Swiss foodtech startup yamo raises €10.1 million

Foodtech startup, yamo, that produces and sells healthier food for babies and young children has announced it has closed a €10.1 million Series A funding round to expand into France and add further products for children. The latest round from France-based Five Seasons Ventures, Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund, Ringier Digital Ventures, Müller Ventures, btov Partners, Polytech […]

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Biotech FoodTech Healthcare

Successful with the human microbiome: mybacs closes Seed II investment round

mybacs, a start-up company founded in 2018 by Sebastian Wahl and Carl- Philipp von Polheim, which specializes in the development of innovative and highly-dosed synbiotic dietary supplements, is closing another financing round. Among others, the already invested international VC fund Global Founders Capital participated again and also existing angel investors provided further capital. Furthermore, Joyance […]

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FoodTech Incubation

Founder Institute (FI) launches virtual “Food Tech Programme”

The Founder Institute, the world’s premier pre-seed startup accelerator, is launching the first-ever global virtual “Food Ecosystem Program” as part of the Finland Virtual Fall 2020 program. The program will run from September 9th, 2020 – December 18th, 2020. Any pre-seed entrepreneur interested in building a food or agritech startup is encouraged to apply, including […]

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AgTech Incubation

FCMB Agritech EPIC PITCH 2020 edition with ₦1.5M Grant

Nigeria’s First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has partnered with Passion Incubator, a Lagos-based early-stage incubator and accelerator to launch the FCMB Agritech EPIC Pitch 2020 themed “Redefining and repositioning agricultural value chains during and post the COVID-19 era”. Entries are invited up to JULY 24 from agri-tech start-ups with innovative breakthrough technologies. The program is […]

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AgTech Biotech

TerMir selected as the winner of AgTech Innovation Competition

TerMir Inc., a North Carolina–based agtech company, focusing on solutions for citrus greening and natural weed control, has been selected as recipient of funding and membership of AgTech Innovation Competition hosted by Alexandria LaunchLabs. Alexandria’s national competition, was successful in attracting approximately 70 emerging agtech applicant companies in areas like crop protection, digital platforms, robotics, […]

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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 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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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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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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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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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 […]