The commercial distribution of agriculture technologies is one of the main hurdles that agtech companies and their venture capital partners face, according to speakers at the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit in London this week.
Israel-based biomedical engineer Amit Gefen is developing a laboratory-grown chicken breast. Based at Tel Aviv University’s Iby and Aladar Fleischman School of Engineering, the biomedical engineering doctor’s research could lead to a sustainably produced chicken that even vegetarians may consider adding to their diets.
AgFunderNews talks to the US deputy secretary of agriculture Krysta Harden and Brad Doorn, program manager for water resources applications research at NASA, about the recent MOU between the two agencies.
Quebec City based company, XpertSea, announced $1.3 million in seed funding from Real Ventures, a Canadian seed stage venture fund. The company provides inventory management solutions for aquaculture producers, specifically through its product, XperCount, a mechanism that can count tiny aquatic organisms in a fraction of the time it traditionally takes.
April 22nd – DuPont announced it’s acquisition of Taxon Biosciences for an undisclosed amount. Based in Tiburon, California, Taxon utilizes microbiome discovery to develop biological crop products. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter.
Big day in the drone sphere as Airware, the most heavily venture backed drone company in Silicon Valley, made it known it had received an undisclosed investment fromIntel Capital, Intel’s investment arm.
Fargo, ND based startup, Botlink, just announced a $500,000 seed investment that closed in Q1 of this year. The company creates a cloud-based drone control application which it touts will simplify, and increase the safety of, drone operations.
By automating the delivery of precision ag data to Apple and Android devices, the cloud-based platform is positioning itself as a one-stop management tool for workers across the ag production spectrum.
March 31st – DroneDeploy went skyward today with $9 million in first round Series A financing. The company, which provides cloud-based user-friendly software platforms for drone operations, accessible through smartphone or tablet apps, saw the investment from Emergence Capital Partners, SoftTech VC, Data Collective and AngelPad.
Imagine a bunch of skinny jean-wearing hipsters sitting in a well lit studio above a Cambridge coffee shop adorned with minimalist artwork, drafting the next greatest amalgamation of styles of sofa bed, ready to wow the pants off the world of industrial design.