All posts by Rob Leclerc

Rob is the cofounder of AgFunder, an online venture capital platform investing in agtech and foodtech. Rob is a Forbes contributor and has also been published in TechCrunch, Harvard Business Review, Financial Post, and twice in Nature journals (>350 citations across both publications). Rob has been invited to chair, speak, and keynote at dozens of global conferences on food & agriculture, technology, and fintech. In 2014, Forbes Magazine named Rob to their list of 'Up-And-Comers', and the White House has extended special invitations to White House sponsored events. He is a judge for the National Ag Innovation Prize, the Verizon's $6M IoT Award for 2015, and sits on the advisory committee of the Ag Innovation Showcase, the world's first and longest-running AgTech conference. Rob has been interviewed by Bloomberg TV, CNBC (TV), Wall Street Journal, Forbes, LA Times, Entrepreneur, FastCompany, and Reuters. He has five degrees, spanning Philosophy, Computer Science (AI/Virtual Robotics), and Computational Biology, including a PhD from Yale University.

Village Capital’s AgTech Accelerator Announces Batch 2 Winners

Village Capital just wrapped up demo day for Batch 2 of their Agtech accelerator program (Ag Global Program), and have announced the the peer-selected recipients for $100,000 in funding. Village Capital’s funding model is unique in that at the end of the program, the participating companies select which two companies amongst their peers will receive $50,000 each in funding from Village Capital’s investment fund.

Earth Equity Farms nabs seed round

SEC filings report that Berkeley-based Earth Equity Farms has raised an additional $267k, bringing their total round to $822k, which they launched last year. According to the companies website, Earth Equity Farms is developing “sustainable Organic Fair Trade agriculture” through climate controlled greenhouses that “reduce water usage [generate] high production yields and near elimination of crop damage risk”.

The Andersons launches corporate VC arm, Maumee Ventures, to invest in agtech

The Andersons (NASDAQ: ANDE), a publicly traded diversified agribusiness with operations in crops, commodity trading, ethanol, fertilizer, crop insurance, and logistics has thrown its hat into the agtech game with the launch of Maumee Ventures, a new corporate venture arm investing $500k-$5M in early stage innovations that are aligned with the company’s core businesses.