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Astanor Ventures launches $325M Impact Fund aimed at FoodTech and AgTech startups

Astanor Ventures launches 5M Impact Fund aimed at FoodTech and AgTech startups We can all, by now, ascribe to the idea that something has changed in the last few months. Like it or not, business is not as it was. If we were true to ourselves, we would admit that our lives […]

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Apeel gets more cash to fight poverty and food insecurity in emerging markets with its food-preserving tech

Apeel gets more cash to fight poverty and food insecurity in emerging markets with its food-preserving tech In the first real test of the potentially transformative power of its food-preserving technology, the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Apeel Sciences is bringing its innovative food treatment and supply chain management services to distribution centers in […]

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Alphabet’s latest moonshot is a field-roving, plant-inspecting robo-buggy

Alphabet’s latest moonshot is a field-roving, plant-inspecting robo-buggy Alphabet (you know… Google) has taken the wraps off the latest “moonshot” from its X labs: A robotic buggy that cruises over crops, inspecting each plant individually and, perhaps, generating the kind of “big data” that agriculture needs to keep up with the demands […]

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Freshket lands $3 million Series A led by Openspace to streamline Thailand’s food supply chain

Freshket lands million Series A led by Openspace to streamline Thailand’s food supply chain Based in Bangkok, Freshket simplifies the process of getting fresh produce from farms to tables. Launched in 2017, the startup has now raised a $3 million Series A, led by Openspace Ventures. Other participants included Thai private equity […]

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Pinduoduo’s latest aim: sell $145 billion farm produce in 2025

Pinduoduo’s latest aim: sell 5 billion farm produce in 2025 Still working to turn a profit and shake off its fake-goods reputation, China’s e-commerce upstart Pinduoduo set itself another ambitious goal for 2025: surpass 1 trillion yuan or $145 billion annual gross merchandise volume of agricultural products. The announcement arrived with the […]

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CMU demonstrates nanoscale technology that causes plants to absorb nutrients with nearly 100% efficiency

CMU demonstrates nanoscale technology that causes plants to absorb nutrients with nearly 100% efficiency Spraying plants with fertilizers and pesticides is typically a highly lossy affair – as little as 1% of the substances currently used in industrial and food production farming is actually taken up by the plant, while the rest […]

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Kenya’s Apollo Agriculture raises $6M Series A led by Anthemis

Kenya’s Apollo Agriculture raises M Series A led by Anthemis Apollo Agriculture believes it can attain profits by helping Kenya’s smallholder farmers maximize theirs. That’s the mission of the Nairobi based startup that raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Anthemis. Founded in 2016, Apollo Agriculture offers a mobile based […]

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With fresh support from its billionaire backers Pivot Bio is ushering in a farming revolution

With fresh support from its billionaire backers Pivot Bio is ushering in a farming revolution In the first decade of the twentieth century two German chemists, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, invented fertilizer — the nitrogen compound which ushered in modern agriculture and saved the world from potential starvation. Now, over a […]

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Kepler will build its small satellites at a new manufacturing facility in Toronto

Kepler will build its small satellites at a new manufacturing facility in Toronto Satellite communications startup Kepler will manufacture its small satellites going forward at a new 5,000-square foot facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada . The company is working with partners including the Canadian Space Agency and the University of Toronto on […]

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Unearth the future of agriculture at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI with the CEOs of Traptic, Farmwise and Pyka

Unearth the future of agriculture at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI with the CEOs of Traptic, Farmwise and Pyka Farming is one of the oldest professions, but today those amber waves of grain (and soy) are a test bed for sophisticated robotic solutions to problems farmers have had for millennia. Learn about the cutting […]

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