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.
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Omnivore, the Indian agrifood tech venture capital firm, has closed its second fund on $97 million, exceeding a target of $75 million.
There is a need for patient capital in the agrifood sector to give startups more time to prove out their business models, according to Rockstart agrifood program director Mark Durno.
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.
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 new fund attracted investment from major players in the agricultural sector.
Online venture capital platform AgFunder has raised a $2.25 million fund to invest in transformational food and agriculture startups alongside its internal fund.
We caught up with Michael Lavin, founder and managing partner of Germin8 Ventures ahead of Agrivest Israel, to discuss his goals and investments so far.
Seventure Partners and Adisseo's fund will focus on two segments—animal health, feed and nutrition and digital technologies serving the livestock industry, investing at every stage, regardless of geography.
Anders said that the new funding comes with a widened view of what kind of investments a sector-specific VC should be making and where agrifood innovation will come from.
Five Seasons Ventures, a new European VC focusing on agrifood tech investments has launched its first fund, announcing a first close on €60 million ($74.3m). Backers include Nestlé, the European Investment Fund, Fondo Italiano d’Investimento, Bpifrance, and selected family offices and entrepreneurs.
The AgFunder platform has built a powerful, global network and we’ve had the good fortune to get to know some of the industry’s most successful entrepreneurs from the beginning of their journeys. Going forward, we will be leveraging the AgFunder platform to invest in other bold and exceptional founders who are committed to building the next generation of agrifood tech companies that will transform our food and agriculture system.
Omnivore Partners, which calls itself an "impact venture fund" is solely focused on agtech investments in India, and investors (LPs) in the fund were largely impact-minded funds from Europe, India, and the US, demonstrating the growing link between agriculture and impact investing.
Bill Gates invests $40 million in livestock health research through a Scottish non-profit, Kroger wants to challenge Amazon with the help of Alibaba, and more in our weekly brief.
Almanac Investments has announced the launch of a $30 million fund that will focus on consumer packaged goods (CPG), experiential retail, and agriculture and hospitality technology companies
Barilla, the family-owned company best known for its signature blue pasta box, announced a new food-focused venture fund and accelerator called Blu1877, plus more in our weekly brief.
Operationally, the agrifood tech venture industry has some catching up to do with other startup industries such as healthcare and software, according to Aaron Rudberg, S2G's new COO.