Israeli foodtech incubator The Kitchen has made two new investments in food safety device Inspecto and sugar reduction technology Better Juice, both of which are responding to pressing consumers demands.
Using data analytics and artificial intelligence, FieldIn analyzes geospatial, chemical, biological, weather and other data to help growers plan their pesticide applications and then monitor them in real time to spot any errors in the application.
VanderSat, which joins a growing number of remote sensing startups targeting the agriculture sector, is taking a different approach to others, namely in its use of microwave sensors.
Israeli cultured meat startup SuperMeat has raised a $3 million seed round to continue to develop its cultured chicken product in the first of what will likely be several funding rounds in the area of cellular agriculture this year.
It was an exciting year in farm technology, to say the least, with several exits and record deals set and then overtaken by even larger deals just weeks or months later. Check out the standout deals of 2017.
FarmWise has developed a weeding robot that uses computer vision to identify weeds and robotics to remove them from vegetable farms without herbicides.
FluroSat uses various remote sensing methods, including satellites, drones, and some aerial imagery, to capture and analyze hyperspectral images of cotton and grain fields to predict disease and help growers make decisions related to crop health.
Tortuga AgTech is developing robotic systems for harvesting fresh produce in controlled environments, from indoor hydroponics to greenhouses, starting with strawberries.
Israeli drone software startup Skyx has raised an undisclosed seed funding round to commercialize its software that allows one operator to control a fleet of up to six crop spraying drones.
Founder Sky Kurtz says that the necessity for this kind of growing system stems from the lack of food security in the UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries more broadly.
ImpactVision, a software startup using hyperspectral imaging to help food supply chain companies determine the quality and ripeness of food products, has raised $1.3 million in seed funding in a round led by Acre Venture Partners.
Solugen uses plant starch combined with specialized enzymes to manufacture hydrogen peroxide, a common household and industrial chemical used as an oxidizer, bleaching agent, and disinfectant.
This deal marks the first direct investment into an individual company by the Brazilian fund, which was structured in 2014.
There are a number of key areas of opportunity for agrifood tech startups in Europe as the support and resources available to entrepreneurs increases slowly, write Thomas van den Boezem and Louisa Burwood-Taylor.
Early stage investment in agrifood tech startups reached $4.4 billion in the first half of 2017, posting a 6% year-over-year increase reversing the downward trend of 2016 when agrifood tech investing dropped 17% to $6.9 billion from $8.3 billion in 2015.
The Brooklyn-based indoor farming training program and container farm founded by Kimbal Musk, has raised a $5.4 million seed round led by New York-based VC Collaborative Fund, joined by several individual investors.
The round sees iUNU come out of stealth for the first time since pivoting from a plasma lighting business to greenhouse tech.
3Bar creates yield-boosting biologicals delivered in a unique container that allows the user to activate the microbes just before application, increasing the effectiveness of the product.
According to the founder, Hargol is the only active, commercial-scale grasshopper farm in the world and consumer products customers are clamoring to get this traditional protein source.
The round was led by angel investors and included Brain Robotics Capital, a fund focused on AI, robotics, and IoT.