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  • Indoor Ag Conference to be held in Panama in May

    If you find yourself in Panama City in May, you can check out the International Congress on Controlled Environmental Agriculture, conference which will feature Indoor Farming, including hydroponics, vertical farming, greenhouse production, and Ag Tech. The speakers, panelists, and breakout sessions will focus on the six key areas of CEA, including the management of the

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  • Green Biologics raises $76M in Debt and Equity

    Green Biologics, a UK-based renewable chemical company, raised $76M to help support their recent plant acquisition in Minnesota. Green Biologics received $42 million in equity, led by Swire Pacific and Sofinnova Partners, and $34 million in debt financing led by Tennenbaum Capital Partners. This $76 million financing follows Green Biologics previous equity round of $25

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  • Apps for Ag to host AgTech Hackathon

    “Apps for Ag” is running a competitive hackathon partnering young farmers and mobile application developers to create open-source apps for growers. The hackathon will be held by at California AgTech Roundtable on Feb. 20-22 at the West Hills College Coalinga (WHCC) Farm of the Future. Apps for Ag will feature two leading state officials on mobile ...

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  • Villgro Innovation snags $3.4m from Michael Dell to bring agriculture distribution of India

    India-based Villgro Innovation which has developed a rural distribution model for agriculture and dairy produces has raised $3.4 million from Startup Education and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. According to the company website, Villgro has reached to 6,000 farming households in India and has improved farm Income by 20-30%. Villgro’s provides last-mile supply

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  • Yield Lab accelerator announces first class of agtech startups

    Yield Lab, a new St.Louis-based ag tech accelerator program launched in September, announced its first class of five startups. More than 100 companies applied to the program from around the world, and the first batch includes one company from St. Louis, three from the United States, and one from Argentina. The Yield Lab invests $100,000 in each of these startups. The ...

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  • Silicon Valley doubles down on Planet Labs’ nano-satellites with $95m investment

    Planet Labs, which operates the largest fleet of earth-imaging satellites, has announced the first closing of their $70 million Series C, with continued backing from some of the biggest VCs in Silicon Valley including the Data Collective, Yuri Milner, DFJ, Capricorn, OATV, Founder Fund, Felicis Ventures, First Round, AME Cloud Ventures, Industry Ventures, Innovation

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  • Biofuels producer Edeniq snags new $16m financing

    Despite oil prices below $50, it looks like there’s still life in cleantech investing. Edeniq, a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, has announced they they’ve raised over $16 million in an equity funding (Looks to be a Series D) from I2BF Global Ventures, DFJ, Angeleno Group, and Flint Hills Resources, and participation from previous investors, The ...

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  • EcoPesticides closes on Series A

    New Mexico-based EcoPesticides which is developing ‘green’ biologic pesticides with has announced the completion of its $400,000 Series A from the New Mexico Startup Factory, the New Mexico Angels; the University of New Mexico Co-Investment Fund, and a unnamed venture firm based in Nevada. The funds will advance EcoPesticides’ technology, support

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  • Chromatin adds another $12m in Series F

    Chicago-based Chromatin, which produces sorghum seed for food and feedstock for both animals and biofuels, announced last week that they had raised another $12 million in a Series F from Illinois Ventures and Wood Creek Capital Management. This follows a $36 million Series E financing in January 2014, and a $12.5 million debt financing back in ...

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  • UPDATE: Soylent reports $20m raise, backed by Andreessen, Lerer, and Index

    Some more news has emerged from the Soylent deal. On Sunday we reported that health drink maker Soylent was raising $10 million, but yesterday Chris Dixon of Andreessen-Horowitz announced on his blog that Soylent had now closed a $20 million, led by current investor Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) with participation from Lerer Ventures, and Index Ventures. Chris Dixon, of ...

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  • GrowLife adds to $14.5m in recent financing for mini-hydroponics

    An SEC filing is showing that GrowLife has added another $68,000 of investment to the $14.5 million in equity and debt financing they raised in 2014 over  five reported financings. GrowLife sells mini-hydroponic greenhouses, horticultural seeds, mineral nutrient solutions, growing mediums and germination kits, but the biggest part of their business seems to be related to

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  • Village Capital launching East Africa FinTech for Agriculture Accelerator

    Village Capital is seeking early-stage fintech ventures for its FinTech for Agriculture: East Africa 2015 Accelerator. Selected innovators will participate in a three-month accelerator program, featuring $100,000 pre-committed investment for the top two companies.Participating companies will receive engage with their peers, potential customers, investors and industry experts

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  • Gladstone buys Salinas strawberry farm for $17 million

    Gladstone (Nasdaq:LAND) announced that it closed on the acquisition of a 331-acre strawberry farm in Salinas, California, for approximately $17.0 million. The Company won the right to acquire this property at a public auction that took place in December 2014. The property, located in a premier agricultural region in Monterey County, has four wells on ...

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  • Come pitch at the AgTech Meetup in Salinas

    Agtech startups will be coming from all over California to pitch their solutions to a panel of growers and investors at the AgTech Meetup in Salina on January 22. This free, open-to-the-public meeting will be held in the Rodeo Room of the Salinas California Rodeo Grounds (Salinas Sports Complex) to determine what growers need for future ...

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  • Foodtech startup Soylent now valued at $100 million

    Venture Beat is reporting that Soylent, a meal-replacement startup, is raising $10 million lead by investor Andreessen Horowitz. According to Re/Code, Soylent has previously raised $1.5 million in funding from Lerer Hippeau Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. With this new round of funding, Soylent’s valuation is estimated at $100 million. The search to find and create ...

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  • Founders Fund goes up in smoke, joins $75m cannabis investment company

    It’s no secret that billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel is a big fan of marijuana. So it’s fitting that his $2 billion investment company, Founders Fund, just plopped down $75 million into Privateer Holdings, a Private Equity fund that’s invested in Leafly the Yelp for marijuana, premium cannabis brand Marley Natural, and Tilray a leading ...

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  • Paine & Partners raise $893M for new agriculture fund

    Paine & Partners, a global private equity firm focused on investing in food and agribusiness has announced that they’ve closed $893 million in capital commitments for their fourth fund. Paine & Partners reports that they had their first closing in July and their final close on December 18, 2014 and that the fund was oversubscribed. In the new ...

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  • EdenShield raises $1m to fight insects with stink moats

    EdenShield a Tel Aviv based agtech company coming out of the Mofet/Trendlines accelerator has raised $1 million in financing led by the Israeli-focused crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. EdenShield uses nontoxic extracts such as turmeric from desert plants to create a food-safe non-toxic that helps keep Greenhouses pest-free. These extracts produce an odor that is unpleasant

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  • Edyn’s smart garden system named CES Best of Innovation Honoree

    AgFunder listed company, Edyn, has announced today that their Garden Sensor and Water Valve has been named a 2015 CES Best of Innovation honoree in the “Tech For A Better World” category as a part of the 2015 International CES. Edyn is riding new excitement over Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and will be exhibiting ...

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  • Happy Holidays from AgFunder!

    We hope that you’re having a Happy Holiday with your friends and family. We want to thank you for your support over the past year. It’s been a big inaugural year for us and over that period we’ve helped our listed companies raise over $12.3 million. This is just the beginning though and we have a ...

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