Farm management software startups dominate this week's funding brief, while an alternative dairy and cannabis investment company also raised funding.
Agtech funding in 2016 was a tale of two halves as the number of deals closed increased 10% to 580 due to an uptick in seed stage activity, while investment dollars fell 30% to $3.2bn.
Food companies are launching venture capital funds and other startup investing initiatives to stay relevant and avoid being left behind as innovative food products and services steal market share.
Working with universities and research organizations can be tough, but Copia believes it's found an effective and scalable solution for agriculture technology investment.
A busy week of fundings includes startups from the biologicals, cannabis, poultry, livestock monitoring, and food delivery sectors.
Sperm sexing technology, hi-tech glasses for drones, and an aerial imagery company working with John Deere make up a very diverse and exciting Ag Industry Brief this week!
Sixty-seven percent of the large institutional investors invested in agriculture in Prequin's database said they were interested in investing in agtech.
The next agricultural revolution is upon us. Entrepreneurs from a wide range of disciplines are innovating at a pace never seen before in the industry. But who's funding this innovation?
A new venture capital firm has entered the agriculture technology market to invest in startups at Series A and Series B stage.
There’s no doubt that agriculture technology, as a sector of innovation, is having a moment. But how will agritech investment play out over the long term?
Investment into agriculture technology startups fell 20% year-over-year in the first half of 2016, as 307 funding deals collected $1.75 billion. At the same time, deal activity increased 7% and the number of unique investors increased 52% year-over-year.
Why 2 veggie restaurant tycoons, the founder of ZICO coconut water, and a VC from Disney's Steamboat Ventures are placing their bets on plant-based foods.
The cannabis fund, which first launched last year to limited investor reception, is targeting $20 million to $25 million to invest in cannabis technology companies and brands.
FVII is targeting $150m and will manage the fund alongside Canadian venture capital firm AVAC.
Monsanto Growth Ventures has invested in Microsoft Ventures Brazil’s startup accelerator fund, which invests across digital technologies and will now target agriculture technology startups.
NXTP Labs, one of the most active early stage investment funds in Latin America, is launching the region’s first agtech accelerator.
This week, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the launch of Open Prairie's $100m Rural Opportunities Fund and here talks to AgFunderNews about the importance of agtech in rural economies.
Willow Hill Ventures will invest in growth stage agtech companies beyond Series B stage taking advantage of IFC’s portfolio of farmland across the US.
The $10m Bayer Trendlines Ag Innovation Fund is the first step in developing a co-investment platform as the Israeli incubator eyes launching another $30m fund.
Hillel Milo, one of the pioneers of the venture capital industry in Israel, turned his attention to food and agriculture in the early 2000s. He tells AgFunderNews more about AquAgro Fund.