Israeli foodtech incubator The Kitchen has made two new investments in food safety device Inspecto and sugar reduction technology Better Juice, both of which are responding to pressing consumers demands.
President Trump and the Supreme Court weigh in on agriculture issues while startups launch new products in this week's brief.
Using data analytics and artificial intelligence, FieldIn analyzes geospatial, chemical, biological, weather and other data to help growers plan their pesticide applications and then monitor them in real time to spot any errors in the application.
Israeli cultured meat startup SuperMeat has raised a $3 million seed round to continue to develop its cultured chicken product in the first of what will likely be several funding rounds in the area of cellular agriculture this year.
Twenty Seventeen has been quite the year for the agrifood technology startup scene, with some of the largest-ever funding announcements on record. And we've been pretty busy at AgFunderNews too, nearly doubling our member and subscriber base to 55,000 and posting over 450 original articles.
Israeli drone software startup Skyx has raised an undisclosed seed funding round to commercialize its software that allows one operator to control a fleet of up to six crop spraying drones.
Though historical Israeli agritech strengths are in irrigation and water management, and livestock and poultry, smart farming has developed three times faster than other sectors, with 29 new companies forming in the last five years.
High-profile startup hires, a startup IPO, and new startup resources also make up part of this week's brief.
The company uses a blend of oats, lentils, sunflower seeds, coconut, sesame seeds and has created three flavors of yogurt with no added sugars, while eliminating the waste common in plant-based dairy alternatives such as soy milk.
There are now more than 400 Israeli startups working on innovations for the global agriculture sector, according to new research from Start-Up Nation Central, an Israeli NGO and Greensoil Investments, a local agritech venture capital firm.
The Israeli startup raised funding in a round led by Finistere Ventures and Vertex Ventures.
The conversation around foodtech in Israel has now completely changed, according to Amir Zaidman, VP of business development at The Kitchen.
Scarce natural resources have promoted the development of a thriving, local ecosystem for agricultural technologies, and BIRD Foundation is helping take these technologies to the US, writes Maya Vardi-Shoshani.
Working with universities and research organizations can be tough, but Copia believes it's found an effective and scalable solution for agriculture technology investment.
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.
CropX, the Israeli irrigation and sensor technology company, has raised a further $1 million towards its Series A round from strategic investors Robert Bosch Venture Capital and the Flextronics technology accelerator Lab IX.
Marc Benioff, founder and CEO of Salesforce joined the round led by OurCrowd and Eshbol Investments.
Pontifax Food and Agriculture Technology Fund, a private equity fund targeting $200m overall, has launched under the umbrella of Israeli life sciences venture capital firm Pontifax.
Agrinnovation will invest in 10 technologies coming out of research done by Hebrew University's professors, and is likely to raise a further $2m for the fund.
A group of venture capitalists, previously active in other digital technologies, are now turning their attention to agriculture technology with a new a $40m to $50m fund.