A bumper two weeks of funding saw 14 startups raise $184m across on-farm biotech, biotech, satellite imagery, India, 3D printing, including Instacart's $400m Series D. There was also an ag data acquisition in the UK.
A biotech company working on improving the consistency and efficiency of cannabis cloning raised seed funding from an impressive array of investors while an Aussie wholesale surplus food marketplace got the attention of impact investors.
Investment in seafood and aquaculture technology increased 271% compared to the $52 million raised across both 2014 and 2015, but there is still a huge need for technology to bring efficiency and sustainability to the industry.
Last week, greenhouse operator BrightFarms announced it raised $30 million in Series C funding, the largest US-based controlled environment agriculture investment round on record. But how did it get there?
Brightfarms, the greenhouse operator, closed a $30.1 million Series C led by growth equity firm Catalyst Investors and joined by existing investors WP Global Partners and NGEN Partners. According to the company, this funding is the largest equity investment to date in the controlled environment local produce industry in the US.
After just completing the Y Combinator accelerator program, North Carolina-based satellite imagery startup FarmShots has closed a seed round after attracting local angel investors. Founder Josh Miller said that keeping the investor base local avoided any potential investor demands to move the company to the expensive West Coast.