All posts by Rob Leclerc

Rob has been published in the TechCrunch, the Harvard Business Review, Financial Post and Seeking Alpha, and twice in Nature journals. Rob has been invited to speak at global conferences on agriculture, technology, and capital raising. He's given seminars at the USDA, has been featured in Forbes, and is a judge for the National Ag Innovation Prize. He has five degrees, spanning Philosophy, Computer Science, and Computational Biology, including a PhD from Yale University.

Village Capital’s AgTech Accelerator Announces Batch 2 Winners

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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

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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

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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.

Villgro Innovation snags $3.4m from Michael Dell to bring agriculture distribution of India

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India-based Villgro Innovation which has developed a rural distribution model for agriculture and dairy produces has raised $3.4 million from Startup Education and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. According to the company website, Villgro has reached to 6,000 farming households in India and has improved farm Income by 20-30%.