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  • 3D Robotics, SOLO

    April 24, 2015 • Buzz, Investment, VC

    3D Robotics Expands Series C, $64 Million in Total
  • Taxon Biosciences Dupont

    April 23, 2015 • BioTech, M&A, Tech

    DuPont Acquires Taxon Biosciences
  • Grannus

    April 23, 2015 • BioTech, Investment

    Grannus Closes $2 million Series A
  • Agriculture and AgTech Investments in Q1 2015

    April 22, 2015 • Buzz, Investment, Startups

    AgTech Industry Takes in $1.04 Billion in Q1
  • Screenshot 2015-04-21 11.29.33

    April 22, 2015 • M&A, Startups

    Granular Acquires Farmland Valuation Platform AcreValue
  • 3D Robotics Expands Series C, $64 Million in Total

    Berkeley-based drone company, 3D Robotics, announced an expansion of their Series C round on April 23. The company reported an additional $14 million dollars, bringing their Series C from $50 million to $64 million. New investors include WestSummit Capital, with additional global investors from Asia, Europe and the U.S. participating, including SanDisk Ventures and

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  • DuPont Acquires Taxon Biosciences

    April 22nd – DuPont announced it’s acquisition of Taxon Biosciences for an undisclosed amount. Based in Tiburon, California, Taxon utilizes microbiome discovery to develop biological crop products. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter.   “In 2014, the businesses in DuPont’s Agriculture, Nutrition & Health and Industrial Biosciences segments sold

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  • Grannus Closes $2 million Series A

    Tuscon, Arizona based Grannus closed a $2 million Series A round from an undisclosed investor, the company announced on April 15th. The company produces nitrogen fertilizer.   Grannus was formed in 2012 to commercialize their process of developing nitrogen fertilzer. Grannus’ Eureka™ process plant design combines traditional fertilizer manufacturing technology with

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  • AgTech Industry Takes in $1.04 Billion in Q1

      After the agriculture technology (AgTech) sector raised a total of $2.36 billion in 2014, the big question was whether or not the sector would continue to pick up momentum in 2015. Judging by first quarter performance,  we’re feeling optimistic. Q1 came in with over $1 billion disclosed investment dollars across 79 deals—a 122 percent ...

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  • Granular Acquires Farmland Valuation Platform AcreValue

    Granular announced its acquisition of AcreValue, a farmland valuation platform, for an undisclosed amount. San Francisco-based Granular offers a farm management and analytics platform that aims to help farmers increase efficiency, yield and profit.   “Granular’s mission is to help the agriculture industry use data to make more accurate business decisions,” said Sid

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  • Sweetwater Energy Secures $10M Debt Financing

    Rochester, NY based Sweetwater Energy announced the closing of $10 million in debt financing, which will help secure the company’s operations as it begins the construction of its first commercial biomass-to-biochemical conversion facility.   Sweetwater produces low-cost, concentrated cellulosic sugars from non-food plant materials. The company uses its own

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  • Airware and Intel Fly Together, AIP Hits the Sky

    Big day in the drone sphere as Airware, the most heavily venture backed drone company in Silicon Valley, made it known it had received an undisclosed investment from Intel Capital, Intel’s investment arm. The information came on the back of the long awaited release of Airware’s drone operating system, AIP.   AIP (Aerial Information Platform) combines ...

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  • VC Q&A: Omnivore’s Mark Kahn on AgTech Investing

    Editors Note: AgFunder recently sat down with Mark Kahn, founding partner of Omnivore Partners, a VC firm investing in early stage agriculture and food technology companies in India. Mark will be a panelist on Making the Case for AgTech in the Portfolio at the Global AgInvesting (GAI) conference in NYC April 27-30.   AgFunder: You’re the founding partner of ...

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  • Drone Safety App Botlink Nabs $500k in Seed Round

      Fargo, ND based startup, Botlink, just announced a $500,000 seed investment that closed in Q1 of this year. The company creates a cloud-based drone control application which it touts will simplify, and increase the safety of, drone operations.   Founded on March 5, 2014, by CEO Shawn Muehler, a military pilot, and Alex Kube, a ...

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  • Planet Labs Closes $118M Series C Round

    San Francisco based Planet Labs closed $118 million in Series C financing with $23M coming in at the end of the round from the International Finance Corporation. (We covered the first close in January.) This latest round exceeds the $93 million dollar goal set by the company which builds “off-the-shelf” electronics that are placed into satellites ...

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  • Indian Grocery Delivery Service PepperTap Raises $10M Series A

    After its successful launch last November and a $1.2 million Seed round on March 10, PepperTap, a startup which aims to become the Fresh Direct of India, raised $10 million in Series A financing from SAIF partners and Sequoia Capital (the latter having led the seed round as well).   PepperTap was founded and conceptualized by ...

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  • Weed Service Eaze Raises $10M Series A

    Eaze, a pot delivery service for verified medical marijuana patients, recently announced a $10 million Series A financing led by DCM Ventures.   Utilizing an Uber-like smart phone interface, Eaze connects verified medical marijuana patients with licensed local dispensaries. According to the website, after a simple download of the app, a patient can choose from a ...

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  • Algal Scientific Closes $7M Series B

    Algal Scientific, an algae-loving Plymouth, MI based company, closed a $7M Series B round on March 31st, receiving investments from Formation 8,  Evonik Industries and Independence Equity.   Algal Scientific was conceived in 2008. Inspired by the burgeoning algae blooms plaguing the Great Lakes, Algal’s now Chief Science Officer formed a team with deep wastewater

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  • AgTech is the New Queen of Green

    Editors note: Rob Leclerc is the CEO and Melissa Tilney is the Head of Marketing at AgFunder. This article originally appeared in TechCrunch.   Before Monsanto acquired Climate Corporation in late 2013 for nearly $1 billion, few investors gave much thought to technological innovation in our agriculture system. What a difference a year can make. In what can be

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  • AgDNA Set to Disrupt $20B Precision Ag Industry

    Editors Note: AgDNA is launching a campaign with AgFunder this month. The company will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 9 at 4pm PST for those interested in learning more about the opportunity.   Farming is growing smarter, but with so much disparate on-farm data amassed from precision ag equipment, it’s often tough to capture what matters ...

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  • UrbanFarmers Closes $2.1M Series A Round

    Big up for city farming! UrbanFarmers, a Zurich based company providing farming solutions for urban areas, announced the successful completion of a 2.1m Series A round on March 31. The company says its as a ‘global pioneer’ in Aquaponic Rooftop farming — yes, that’s what it sounds like, fish, in a vegetable garden… on a roof! (Snazzy ...

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  • Cold Storage Maker Ecozen Raises $1m from Omninvore Partners

      Ecozen, which makes solar-powered cold storage and irrigation products for farmers, announced today that the company had raised a $1m Series A from Omnivore Partners. The company will use the funds to expand production capacity and expand its market research. Mumbai-based Omnivore Partners, which invests in early stage food and agriculture technology startups, has

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  • DroneDeploy Flies with $9M Series A

    March 31st – DroneDeploy went skyward today with $9 million in first round Series A financing. The company, which provides cloud-based user-friendly software platforms for drone operations, accessible through smartphone or tablet apps, saw the investment from Emergence Capital Partners, SoftTech VC, Data Collective and AngelPad.   This follows the $2 million seed

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  • Drones Exposed: The Market and the Technology

    Editors note: Lia Reich is the Director of Marketing for PrecisionHawk.  Founded in 2010, PrecisionHawk offers an end-to-end solution for aerial data gathering, processing and analysis.   Thousands of flight hours and a few years in, we’ve found ourselves at the center of one of the fastest growing billion-dollar industries. Drone technology, once a solution designed

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  • AgTech Heats Up in Israel

    For a country barely 67 years old and with a population below 10 million, Israel is quite an economic powerhouse. Long known as the “start-up nation,” the country has been a leader in technological and scientific innovation for decades—including IT, medicine, and national defense—and has the most NASDAQ-listed companies behind the U.S. and China. Now, ...

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