A household name in the UK, the Grosvenor family can trace its ancestry back to William the Conqueror’s cousin and today Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, is godfather to Prince George. No big deal then. But what's the link to foodtech?
Regenerative agriculture is having a moment. For long-time regen ag practitioners and proponents, this is probably jarring. But having written about regenerative agriculture for five years now, I've never seen such engagement or our stories about this ultra-sustainable method of farming perform so well.
Twice annually we open up a special Co-Investment Fund to give investors the opportunity to co-invest with AgFunder on identical terms to us. We’re assembling one of the most exciting agrifood tech portfolios anywhere and five of the companies we invested in last eighteen months have already raised new rounds at 1.4x – 3.75x our original investment.
Europe's agrifood tech ecosystem raised just 9% of the funding that went to foodtech and agtech startups globally in 2018. But deal activity increased 23% as agrifood tech startups in the region closed a similar number of deals as in the US.
Asset management firm PeakBridge Partners has hired food investment veteran Peter Kruger to manage the EIT FoodSparks seed fund in collaboration with EIT Food. The fund will invest in early stage agrifood tech startups in Europe.
Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, the most established agrifood tech venture capital firm, has raised $135 million in its third fund. Founded in 2008, the firm was the first to focus entirely on technology startups operating across the food and agriculture value chain.
Last month, Manuel Gonzalez announced plans to raise a new foodtech fund called Global RIFF (Revolution in Food Fund). We caught up with him to find out more about the investment model and the food tech categories he's most excited about.
Avrio Capital, one of the first investment firms to focus specifically on food and agriculture, has re-branded into a new investment firm called Rio Investment Partners, raising $77.5 million in the first close of a $150 million fund.
You may have seen The Production Board crop up on a few agrifood tech investments, but there's little publicly-available information about the investment holding company founded by David Friedberg. Until now.
On our mission to democratize venture capital and increase investment in the food and agriculture industry, our fund is open to accredited investors as well as institutional investors, and we already have commitments from both.
The first wave of European food tech companies has mostly focused on building technology and logistics platforms to deliver food to consumers. And while the plethora of new food e-commerce options across the globe has caused investor fatigue and failures, the five leading food delivery companies in Europe are now worth seven times more than their combined investment, an awesome feat, according to Niccolo Manzoni, partner of agrifood tech investment firm Five Seasons Ventures.