Chipotle loses a controversial executive, cultured leather comes to New York, TechAccel commits to innovation at UC Davis, and more in this week's brief.
We caught up with Dan Burdett, global head of digital agriculture at Syngenta, to find out why the company decided to acquire FarmShots rather than partnering with the four-year-old startup and what other technologies Syngenta is eyeing in 2018.
After completing 20 pilots in one year, Hazel Technologies has raised a $3.26 million Series A round led by food and agtech VC S2G ventures.
Five Seasons Ventures, a new European VC focusing on agrifood tech investments has launched its first fund, announcing a first close on €60 million ($74.3m). Backers include Nestlé, the European Investment Fund, Fondo Italiano d’Investimento, Bpifrance, and selected family offices and entrepreneurs.
The AgFunder Team receives many meeting requests from large and medium Corporates and so we're taking this opportunity to host office hours at our office here in downtown San Francisco
Biolumic has created a seedling treatment using UV light that it says boosts the yield of specialty crops by up to 22% while also making plants heartier and more pest resistant.
Wefarm uses AI technology to connect small-scale farmers to crowdsourced information by enabling them to share techniques and advice on anything from how to battle a disease to how to increase their income, through SMS or online in their own languages.
Some of the best-funded cannabis startups are in ecommerce, supply chain management, and retail operations, but if keeping a steady supply is indeed a primary concern for this young industry, investors will need to turn their attention toward the more agriculture-focused end of the cannabis startup spectrum.
We caught up with managing director Francisco Jardim to find out how SP Ventures evolved into a leading agrifood tech investor and how the VC is supporting early-stage startups in South America.
The Hatch accelerator will start its first cohort this spring and CEO Carsten Krome says the effort is a response to the holes he has seen in the current ecosystem for aquaculture technology startups.
A major insect farm purchases a CPG startup, Kraft Heinz gets in the startup incubation game and more in this week's brief.
2017 was a year of extremes in agrifood tech investing. Large deals pushed the total investment volume up to post an encouraging 29% growth, but deal count fell by 17% to 949, with the most dramatic contraction at the crucial seed stage.
Female CEOs receive 2.7% of all venture funding and women of color receive just 0.2%. The women quoted below are helping to move those statistics and today, on International Women's Day, we are sharing some of their advice and experience
Though Hummingbird began as a drone-focused precision agriculture company two years ago, it evolved beyond just drones as the team realized that the method of data collection is secondary to the data itself.
Since launching in 2015, Agrofy has signed up 5000 companies, including multinational ag players, that have listed more than 65,000 products.
Micropep Technologies, a French ag biotechnology company has raised a €4 million ($4.94 million) Series A round of funding. Micropep is developing crop enhancement products using micro-RNA or miRNA.
Cargill has launched a new digital platform for aquaculture, the second platform in a suite of digital tools announced in October.
Indoor farming startup Bowery is opening a second farm while chef Dan Barber starts selling seeds and JUST creates a product just for Africa, plus more in our weekly brief.
AgDevCo recently made an unconventional investment that could have great impact on the rural, agricultural economies in Tanzania.
John Deere is the first major ag player to achieve the certification and though several companies are maintaining their certifications over the years, the program hasn't grown out of the single digits in terms of membership, meaning this move by Deere could have a big impact.