Global revenue risk from lack of water availability for irrigation or animal consumption has reached $459 billion. With figures like this, it’s no wonder that funds and corporations are hearing more concern about water from investors.
Further M&A activity from large agribusinesses like Jain is essential so we caught up with Observant to find out what pieces of advice the cofounder would give to farm-based agritech startups hoping to turn their businesses into acquirable companies.
The year's first exit came from Observant, an early agtech pioneer in the precision water management space. Jain Irrigation acquired the Australian company.
A bumper week of fundings includes startups offering satellite imagery analysis, drones-as-a-software, milk products, wine e-commerce and more.
It's been a rough ride for Oso Tech and its investors from its founding in 2011 in Urbana, Illinois until now. But the journey culminated in an exit and sale to Scotts Miracle-Gro.
A year in the life of a startup is a long time, so we caught up with Kevin France to find out about the company’s new revenue models, acreage expansion, and hiring since this time last year.
Two startup resources have launched new programs promising investment and mentorship for entrepreneurs, while Monsanto withdraws GM cotton seed application in India, and two drones companies partner.
Despite recent average rainfall, California continues to cope with water scarcity. The state may be eyeing water tech to help get its farmers back afloat.
AgFunderNews caught up with Philipp Saumweber, founder and CEO of Sundrop Farms, and Ken Mehlman, global head of public affairs for KKR, to discuss the 2014 investment.
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.
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.
A busy week of fundings includes wastewater treatment tech, drones, satellite imagery, food e-commerce, precision agriculture, and biopesticide startups.
Vilsack's visit to Cuba with Obama, lighting indoor lunar greenhouses, winners of a water innovation accelerator, and Mars joining the GMO labeling party are all featured in this week's Industry-in-Brief.
Precision irrigation company HydroBio won a patent for its technology while a startup company using fresh vegetables to naturally sweeten food in this week's Industry-in-Brief.
Hortau raised the capital from a mix of US and Canadian investors to fund expansion and development.
It's been a long road since 1998 to get AquaSpy technology into the hands 3,000 subscribing farmers and agribusinesses, CEO Bruce Moeller tells AgFunderNews.
goFARM Australia, the agriculture investment firm backed by the Costa Group, drew parallels between SWIIM's technology and process, and Australia's well-managed water entitlements system.
Colorado has a range of resources available to innovators, researchers, and entrepreneurs building food & agriculture-related companies. Here are eight we have found.
The USDA has announced the first investments from the $10bn Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks to AgFunderNews about the fund's development.