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European VC firm Pale Blue Dot plans to fund 40 ‘planet-positive’ startups

European VC firm Pale Blue Dot plans to fund 40 ‘planet-positive’ startups Pale Blue Dot, a newly outed European venture capital firm focused on climate tech, announced this week the first closing of its debut fund at €53 million. Targeting pre-seed and seed stage startups, the firm says it will consider software […]

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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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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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Pyka and its autonomous, electric crop-spraying drone land $11M seed round

Pyka and its autonomous, electric crop-spraying drone land M seed round Modern agriculture involves fields of mind-boggling size, and spraying them efficiently is a serious operational challenge. Pyka is taking on the largely human-powered spray business with an autonomous winged craft and, crucially, regulatory approval. Just as we’ve seen with DroneSeed, this […]

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Kenya’s Twiga Foods eyes West Africa after $30M raise led by Goldman

Kenya’s Twiga Foods eyes West Africa after M raise led by Goldman Kenya’s Twiga Foods has raised a total of $30 million from lenders and investors led by Goldman Sachs. The B2B food distribution company financed $6.25 million of the funding in convertible debt and $23.75 million in equity, classified as a […]

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IBM Africa and Hello Tractor pilot AI/blockchain agtech platform

IBM Africa and Hello Tractor pilot AI/blockchain agtech platform Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 […]

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Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital

Africa’s agtech wave gets million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Nigerian data analytics company Terragon acquires Asian mobile ad firm Bizense Africa Roundup: Local […]

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Africa Roundup: Lori Systems wins BFX Africa, Andela raises $40M, Jumia lends to SMEs, Safaricom launches incubator

Africa Roundup: Lori Systems wins BFX Africa, Andela raises M, Jumia lends to SMEs, Safaricom launches incubator  Logistics transportation company Lori Systems won best of show at TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Africa after gaining majority votes of the event’s 15 judges. The Kenyan based venture pitched its platform to optimize all points of […]

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This edible sensor could help keep food fresh

This edible sensor could help keep food fresh  Making sure fresh food is kept at the right temperature during transit is a harder problem than one might think — but the Swiss are on the job. Not only did they create robo-fruit to mix in with the real ones, but another research […]

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Agtech startup Prospera, which uses AI and computer vision to guide farmers, harvests $15M

Agtech startup Prospera, which uses AI and computer vision to guide farmers, harvests M  Tel Aviv-based startup Prospera has raised a $15 million Series B to expand the scope of its technology, which uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to help farmers analyze data gathered from their fields. The round was led […]

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