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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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  • WISErg Brings in Additional $11 Million

    Back in June of last year we dropped a line about a composting company named WISErg out of Washington who had secured a Series B run to the tune of $5 million. The story continued in November with an additional 900k raised and in January with 700k raised. Now, on March 24th, the company announced an $11 ...

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  • AgSmarts enters the market with precision irrigation system

    AgSmarts, a precision agriculture irrigation system equipped with moisture sensing technology and cloud-based data analytics, raised $850,000 in an overfunded campaign with AgFunder back in December. The startup is now transitioning from research and development to the commercial market, with a batch of 50 units set to hit shelves this month.   “The campaign helped us

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  • Six Mega-Trends in Indoor Agriculture

      Editors note: Nicola Kerslake is the founder of Newbean Capital, a registered investment adviser that manages early stage venture capital mandates for institutional investors. The firm also hosts Indoor Ag-Con, an industry event on the future of indoor agriculture. It’s next event is on March 31 and April 1 in Las Vegas, NV.   Indoor ...

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  • Gingko Bioworks Secures $9M in Series A financing

    Imagine a bunch of skinny jean-wearing hipsters sitting in a well lit studio above a Cambridge coffee shop adorned with minimalist artwork, drafting the next greatest amalgamation of styles of sofa bed, ready to wow the pants off the world of industrial design.   Now, imagine that instead this is a group of bio tech ...

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  • Farmers Business Network Wants to Simplify Your On-Farm Data

    Farming is risky. Season to season, growers face uncertain conditions that affect crop quality and yield. Farm monitoring and data collection systems have become hot markets for their ability to reduce some of the unpredictability inherent in agriculture, but there’s another challenge in the advent of big data—how do growers uncover the full value of complex ...

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  • Prevtec Microbia raises $4.7 million

    Montreal, QC – Prevetec Microbia announced a new $4.7 million financing round on March 12. Telesystem, Groupe Jafaco Gestion, and Desjardins-Innovatech came in with 36% of the funding while the remaining 64% was brought in by the Canadian venture capital fund, VVC, which focuses on animal health. The company develops and markets products that help prevent ...

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  • CARANA Sprouts Agribusiness in Guyana

    Editors Note: Carana Agribusiness will be holding an investor webinar about its upcoming campaign with AgFunder on Thursday, March 12. Registration is now open.   Carana Agribusiness, an aquaculture and agriculture development company based in Guyana, has had a very eventful five months since we first ran an article on the company last fall. This week, ...

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  • UPDATE: Flow Hive, New Indiegogo Record

      Byron Bay, Australia — In late February we told you about the sweet little Aussie start up, Flow Hive, that was taking Indiegogo by storm. Well, as of March 11th, the father/son honey harvesting outfit has raised the most money to date on Indiegogo with its $5.6 million campaign.   With twenty six days left in the ...

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  • Native Traits Receives $250k From Northern Michigan Angels

    Native Traits, a Michigan based bio tech company, has received a $250,000 commitment from Northern Michigan Angels investment group. Founded in 2013, Native Traits set up shop in Kalamazoo and specializes in the utilization of proprietary NT Recovery technology to isolate the traits that make heirloom corn more capable of enduring drought and more tolerant of hot ...

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  • Netafim, $500 million in Debt Financing Round

    Netafim, the world’s largest provider of drip irrigation services announced a $500 million debt financing on March 6th from Israel Discount Bank, Union Bank of Israel, Migdal Insurance and Financial Holdings, Mizrahi Tefahot Bank and HSBC.   The Israeli company is a leader in drip irrigation technology and is credited with creating the modern drip irrigation ...

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  • AgFunder’s New Report Captures $2.36B In AgTech Investment in 2014

    Get ready, Ag enthusiasts. AgFunder’s AgTech Investing Report 2014: Year in Review has officially been released today. According to the report, AgTech funding had a record breaking year with $2.36 billion raised across 264 financing deals. From precision agriculture to biotech to drones, venture capitalists actively invested in companies set on revolutionizing how we

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  • California Safe Soil gives new life to food waste

    Editors Note:California Safe Soils is currently running its fundraising campaign on AgFunder. The company will be holding its investor webinar on March 5th at 10:00am PST and 12:00pm PST. If you’d like to attend, please register here. A recording of the webinar will also be available afterwards. As the global food security crisis becomes a reality, the United ...

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  • BioGenerator Makes $200k Investment in Apse

    BioGenerator, a St. Louis based, privately funded, non-profit investment organization whose express focus is on startups and entrepreneurs in the AgTech sector, has made a $200,000 seed investment in Apse, the company announced March 3. This round of funding also saw investment in Apse from Missouri Technology Corporation, the Helix Fund and other private investors. ...

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  • LemnaTec Secures $5.6M From Anterra Capital

    LemnaTec which has developed a high-throughput research platform and agricultural analysis software, has received a $5.6 million equity investment from Anterra Capital. This news arrives after a successful financing round led by DEWB, the German private equity firm. According to the company, they are now one of the largest providers of systems and software for image ...

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  • Farmers Edge Acquires GranDuke Geomatics

    Taking a page out of Climate Corporation’s playbook, Farmers Edge acquired GranDuke Geomatics of Lethbridge, Alberta. According to an agreement finalized on January 9, the precision agriculture and data management company out of Winnipeg, Manitoba will now control GranDuke. GranDuke will continue to provide advanced GIS and yield data processing services for Farmers Edge

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  • Finistere Closes $150M Agtech Fund

    California-based Finistere Ventures announced that it closed a new $150M agtech fund, in collaboration with Bayer Cropscience, AVAC and other partners. The Finistere II Fund will focus on identifying early-to-growth stage companies, focused on new technology solutions in sustainability, food productivity, and nutrition. Finistere was founded in 2005, and has been an early

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  • 3D Robotics Raises $50M for Drone Expansion

    On the heels of the Federal Aviation Administration’s recently proposed regulations on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), California-based 3D Robotics successfully raised $50 million Wednesday led by Qualcomm Ventures. This round of funding is the largest yet by a U.S. based consumer drone producer, and boosts 3D Robotics total amount raised to $85 million. The company ...

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  • Crowdfunding campaign raised $2M in 24 hours for Honey on Tap

    Move over drones and Oculus Rift. There’s a new technology disrupting … the beekeeping industry. Flow Hive, with its patented beehive design, has raised $2M on Indiegogo since its campaign launched less than 24 hours ago. Already this eclipsed its goal of $70K, and placed it at #11 of the most funded campaigns on Indiegogo ...

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  • Innovation and Investment in AgTech

    Editors note: Vonnie Estes is an executive with over 20 years of experience in leadership roles commercializing biotechnologies. This article originally appeared in BioFuels Digest.   Having spent more than twenty years commercializing technology in the agricultural sector, I’m excited by the growing interest and investment in Agricultural Technology

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