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THRIVE Europe Challenge

We are delighted to announce the launch of THRIVE Europe Challenge which will take place on October 7th, 2021.  The Europe Challenge is part of THRIVES’s Global initiative which was launched with the USDA in 2020 and which recognizes and promotes key early and late stage startup innovators that positively impact different regions of the world.  […]

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THRIVE Africa Challenge Wrap Up and Winners!

THRIVE Africa Challenge was a phenomenal success! Nine African innovators took to the stage and presented their impressive technology solutions to the global audience and a team of stellar judges.  Jessica Lapenn, U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, officially opened the event, and we had special appearances by Beth Bechdol, Deputy Director-General of the Food and […]

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THRIVE Africa Challenge Finalists

On February 4th, ten (10) leading entrepreneurs creating new technologies and game changing innovations for global good, will take to the stage to present their innovative technology solutions. One winning startup will receive the THRIVE AFRICA Challenge Award, brand exposure, opportunity to participate in THRIVE’s Silicon Valley Startup Bootcamp, access to the THRIVE ecosystem, and […]

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THRIVE CANADA Challenge

In just a few short weeks, nine Canadian Challenge Finalists will take to the stage to present their innovative technology solutions & battle it out for the prestigious THRIVE Canada Challenge Award. It will also include the announcement of winners of Female Founders Award as well as People’s Choice Award. The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister […]

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Agriculture AgTech Nutrition Startups

RootCamp officially starts with international startups 

The AgriFood incubator from Hannover/Germany will support 5 startups for up to 12 months  The RootCamp is a new startup incubator located in Hannover/Germany with a focus on agriculture and nutrition. The 5 startups in the first batch were chosen out of more than 100 applications (with 20% in Germany, 60% in Europe and 20% […]

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Agriculture AgTech BioTech Precision Agriculture Sustainability

PheroSyn gets boost to develop novel pheromones

PheroSyn, the company spun-out from Rothamsted Research to develop and produce novel pheromones, has been awarded part of Innovate UK’s £134 million Sustainable Innovation Fund (SIF) to help development of its new pest insect pheromones. The funds will be used in a project to optimise sustainable green chemistry routes for the production of two high […]

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Arable raised $20M Series B for Data-Driven Agriculture

Arable Labs, a pioneer in data-driven agriculture, closed a $20 million funding round. The company builds affordable tools that help people collect and synthesize site-specific agricultural data. The round was led by Prelude Ventures, and includes new participation by M2O, AVG’s Nassau Street Ventures, and Tridon, as well as investment from Arable’s existing investors including […]

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AgTech Regenerative Agriculture Sustainability

AgTech firm, Terramera, aims to boost regenerative agriculture in Canada

Terramera, a Vancouver based AgTech firm, has announced its plans to build a $555m (C$730m) Global Centre for Regenerative Agriculture in Canada. Terramera hopes to raise the C$730 million from private investors as well as federal and provincial governments. The proposed C$730 million in funding would go towards securing 250,000 to one million square feet […]

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Solve’s 2020 Sustainable Food Systems Challenge

Agriculture occupies more than 40 percent of the Earth’s land and is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Farming, fishing, transporting, processing, and distributing food supports 28 percent of human livelihood, including 470 million smallholder farmers who often depend on less than 2 hectares for both income and sustenance. By 2050, that system will […]

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Somerville based AgTech startup Kula Bio, raised $5.75 M

Kula Bio, a developer of modern biofertilizer, raised $5.75 M in it’s latest funding round in August. Kula Bio champions sustainable, biological solutions for modern agriculture. It super-charges natural nitrogen-fixing microbes with renewable energy in order to deliver reliable, low-cost organic biofertilizers. By rewiring the energy flow from sun to soil, it is tackling the […]

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IAIN Agritech Innovation Fellowship

The India Agritech Innovation Network (IAIN) is an initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Tata Trusts, in partnership with Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and the Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI) and powered by Social Alpha. It envisions to create an enabling ecosystem for innovators and entrepreneurs developing solutions for smallholder farmers in order to help them […]

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2020 Food and AgTech Bootcamp Winners Announced

Eight innovative startups have been selected to participate in a 5-week virtual bootcamp hosted by AgLaunch, the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center, Sync Space, and The Biz Foundry. Teams accepted into the program will experience best-in-class agricultural entrepreneurship programming with engagement from members of the AgLaunch Farmer Network. They will also have access to best-in-class investors and mentors […]

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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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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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Agriculture Food Security Regenerative Agriculture

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

“Regenerative Agriculture” describes farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity – resulting in both carbon drawdown and improving the water cycle. It involves, incorporating permaculture and organic farming practices, including conservation tillage, cover crops, crop rotation, composting, mobile animal shelters and […]