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    May 27, 2015 • Buzz, VC

    Obvious Ventures Closes Inaugural Fund at $123,456,789
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    May 26, 2015 • Buzz, Investment

    From Seed to Stomach: A VC’s Perspective
  • jd.com and fruitday

    May 26, 2015 • Emerging Markets, Investment

    China’s JD Leads $70M Round in Online Fresh Produce Retailer FruitDay
  • Urban Barns

    May 24, 2015 • Indoor Agriculture

    Urban Barns’ Cubic Farming Seeks to Change the Future of Urban Farming one Head...
  • The State of New Mexico Announces $75M Investment in Brazilian Agriculture

    May 21, 2015 • Emerging Markets, Investment

    The State of New Mexico Announces $75M Investment in Brazilian Agriculture
  • Obvious Ventures Closes Inaugural Fund at $123,456,789

      Venture capital firm Obvious Ventures announced the close of its first fund, raising $123,456,789. The firm exceeded its initial target of $100 million and, according to cofounder James Joaquin, decided to have a bit of fun by settling on the uniquely sequential figure.   Obvious Ventures envisions a world where our buildings will create more ...

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  • From Seed to Stomach: A VC’s Perspective

    Editors note: Dror Berman is the Managing Founding Partner at Innovation Endeavors, and Samantha Wai is the Farm2050 Lead. This post was originally published on the Innovation Endeavors blog.   Agriculture is the next big thing in Silicon Valley. While, traditionally, a small group of familiar faces have led the charge, the community of people ...

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  • China’s JD Leads $70M Round in Online Fresh Produce Retailer FruitDay

      E-commerce giant JD.com announced that it led a $70 million Series C funding in FruitDay, a Chinese-based online retailer providing a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Part of this figure includes participation from prior investors ClearVue and Susquehanna International Group. Online retail has become a burgeoning market in over the last decade, with ...

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  • Urban Barns’ Cubic Farming Seeks to Change the Future of Urban Farming one Head of Lettuce at a Time

      Greg Hough is on his way to the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Montreal, Canada, delivering another order of Urban Barns’ lettuce produced in its Cubic Farming system. The lettuce was harvested only three hours ago. Drawing on ideas and concepts used in greenhouse farming, vertical farming, and traditional field farming, Urban Barns’ patent-pending Cubic Farming ...

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  • The State of New Mexico Announces $75M Investment in Brazilian Agriculture

      The New Mexico State Investment Council has made an unprecedented change in its investment strategy. For the first time, the Council is investing in Brazilian agriculture through Brookfield Asset Management’s Brazil Agriculture Fund II vehicle. According to deputy state investment officer Vince Smith, the Council expects to gain broader diversification of its real

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  • Two AgTech Companies Named in Austin’s 2015 A-List of the Hottest Startups

    Interest in agtech is heating up more than ever. Earlier this week, Austin, TX’s Chamber of Commerce announced its annual list of the top 12 most promising startups in the region and two of the companies on that list were agtech companies. The selection process is highly competitive, with over 275 companies receiving nominations. As ...

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  • Farmers Business Network Seals $15M Funding Deal with Google Ventures

      On May 19, 2015, Farmers Business Network (FBN) announced that it raised $15 million in funding towards the development of its precision agriculture technologies. The Series B funding round was led by Google Ventures with prior investors Kleiner Perkins and DBL, an impact invest firm, returning. With the addition of these funds, FBN has ...

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  • Canadian AgTech Sector Ripe for Opportunities

      Editors Note: Joseph Regan is a managing partner at Bioenterprise Capital, a Canadian VC firm investing in agriculture technology. He was recently a panelist on Making the Case for AgTech in the Portfolio at the Global AgInvesting Conference in New York.   If you’re searching for opportunities in AgTech, you may want to start looking north. ...

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  • XpertSea Reports $1.3 Million Seed Round

    Quebec City based company, XpertSea, announced $1.3 million in seed funding from Real Ventures, a Canadian seed stage venture fund. The company provides inventory management solutions for aquaculture producers, specifically through its product, XperCount, a mechanism that can count tiny aquatic organisms in a fraction of the time it traditionally takes.   Founded in 2009

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  • Mumbai-Based Godavari Biorefineries Announces $15 Million in Funding

      Godavari Biorefineries recently announced the close of a $15 million equity financing deal with Mandala Capital, a private equity firm that invests in agribusiness companies located in the Indian subcontinent. Godavari, a sustainable manufacturer based in India, will use the funds to invest in the research and development of green chemicals and other products ...

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  • Joule Announces new $40 Million Funding Round

    On May 11, 2015, Joule Unlimited announced a new $40 million funding round geared toward increasing commercialization of its fuel conversion technologies. The funding round consists of a mix between private equity and venture debt financing, including return investor Flagship Ventures, and will be primarily allocated toward construction of the company’s production facility

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  • Arvegenix Secures $2.5 Million in Series A Funding for Pennycress Crop Development

      Arvegenix announced recently that it has received $2.5 million in aggregate funding from Monsanto, Cultivation Capital, The St. Louis Arch Angels, and BioGenerator. Located in St. Louis, Arvegenix is exploring the use of Pennycress as an oil-producing crop with ancillary benefits, like livestock feed. Pennycress is classified as a wild growing weed that is ...

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  • Stevia First Secures $1.5 Million Private Placement Deal

      Stevia First announced that it has entered into a private placement securities purchase agreement with institutional investors in the aggregate amount of $1.5 million, with Stevia First’s common stock selling at $0.30 per share. Additionally, the company will issue three series of exercisable warrants to purchase additional shares of commons stock to the investors,

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  • Drone Developer DJI Raises $75M from Accel

      Drone technology developer DJI recently announced a $75 million investment deal with Accel, a global venture capital firm. The deal constitutes one of Accel’s largest single investments. Both companies have aligned their efforts in order to assist DJI with expanding into the UAV market. The investment funds will be dedicated to assisting DJI with ...

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  • NatureBox Nabs $30 Million in Series C

      NatureBox, the online delivery service that drops healthy snacks at your door on a monthly basis, reported $30 million in Series C investment. Global Founders Capital led Tuesday’s investment along with returning supporters SoftBank Capital, General Catalyst Partners and Canaan Partners, among others. Previous raises included a $2 million Seed in December of 2012,

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  • Fiberstar Bio on Mission to “Clean Up” Food Labels

      Editors Note: Fiberstar Bio is launching a campaign on AgFunder this month. The company will be hosting an investor webinar at 1pm PT on Thursday, May 7 to speak about the opportunity.   As the public becomes increasingly health conscious, food and beverage manufacturers are scrambling to meet demands for clean label products made with simpler, more natural ...

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  • Israeli Firm IFI Invests in Catalyst AgTech’s Pursuit of Pesticide Safety

    Israeli investment firm Impact First Investments (IFI) announced today that it has invested an undisclosed amount in Catalyst AgTech, a company dedicated to developing technologies that minimize the environmental impacts associated with agrochemical products. As public awareness regarding the negative impacts of agrochemical usage grows, many companies are looking for new

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  • AquaVenture Holdings Raises $30M

    Tampa Bay based AquaVenture Holdings announced $30 million in venture funding. The company was formed with a mission to become the world’s largest provider of clean water by utilizing “state of the art” water purification techniques and desalination technologies. This most recent investment came from Element Partners, a Radnor, PA based firm committed to high ...

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  • Western Growers Launches $4M AgTech Fund

    Western Growers announced the launch of a $4 million dollar AgTech fund on May 1. The mission of the fund will be to invest in agricultural innovation around the world. Investment in the fund comes from Western Growers and its member investors.   Western Growers is a 2000+ member trade association of farmers and growers in Colorado, ...

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  • Skyward Announces $4.1 Million Seed Round

    Portland, Oregon based drone company, Skyward, announced a $4.1 million seed round on April 28. This latest round of funding was led by Founders Co-Op, Norwest Venture Partners, Techstars Ventures and Verizon Ventures. Those companies joined Draper Associates and Voyager Capital, who led a $1.2 million seed last year.   Skyward develops a software platform ...

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