Investment Crowdfunding News

Here’s some recent investment crowdfunding news from around the ecosystem, including from the blogs of the 106 platforms in our database of crowdfunded and alternative investment platforms.

Bayer is betting on chemical ag with new herbicide slated for 2030. What about biologics?

Although it’s interested in biologics, it claims farmers still need the high rate of efficacy that chemical agriculture has to offer. The post Bayer is betting on chemical ag with new herbicide slated for 2030. What about biologics? appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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EXCLUSIVE: These 10 startups are finalists of this year’s TFF Challenge

And then there were 10! Thought For Food (TFF) has sent AFN a list of 10 startup teams have secured their spots in the finals of the 2019/20 TFF Challenge, as well as 5 teams that will also take part in an inaugural TFF Boost Program. The post EXCLUSIVE: These...

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Ezra Goldman, Upshift

What was your inspiration behind Upshift? I grew up on a 100 acre former farm in rural Connecticut. The woods was my playground. Sticks and stones were my toys. I’ve been living in cities the last 20 years, but I’ve always spent time connecting in nature....

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Investing at the Nexus of Food and Health

Almost three years ago, iSelect strategically refocused its investment thesis on identifying the synergies between…

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www.crowdfundinsider.com

Circle Internet Financial is reportedly looking for a buyer for SeedInvest, its crowdfunding division, as the Boston-headquartered crypto firm aims to focus more on its stablecoin business, according to the Block.

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Private Equity vs. Venture Capital

While private equity and venture capital look quite similar on the surface, the way they achieve their aims is very different. Continue reading →

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The digital divide.

“In New York City, nearly a third of households do not have a broadband internet connection at home, and over 1.5 million New Yorkers have neither a mobile connection or home broadband connection,” writes Emily Nonko for Next City. New York City has long had problems with equitable internet access....

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Opportunity Zones: Where, What, Why and How?

Many investors are sitting on unrealized capital gains from the appreciation of stocks, business value or real estate out of a fear of needing to pay significant capital gains taxes on their outsized returns. While there have long existed ways to defer these taxes, most options have had numerous drawbacks...

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The Millionaire Real Estate Investor - Book Summary & Review

The Millionaire Real Estate Investor was published in 2005 and ranks among the top ten real estate investment and leadership training books. The book was written by Gary Keller with contributions by Dave Jenks and Jay Papasan.

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India’s answer to vertical farming raises $5.5m Series A

"Vertical farming is not especially relevant in India," says Omnivore's Mark Kahn, but its equivalent is a company that galvanizes and coordinates the tens of thousands of already existing greenhouses dotted on the outskirts of India's major cities, like Clover. The post India’s answer to vertical farming raises $5.5m Series...

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Tips to Pay off Debt in 2020 for Financial Freedom

Looking tips to pay off debt this year? Try implementing any and all of these tips so you can reduce not only your debt but your financial stresses. The post Tips to Pay off Debt in 2020 for Financial Freedom appeared first on Prosper Blog.

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🎙️Milk from peas? Ripple Foods co-founder Adam Lowry on making protein and learning from mistakes

Climate scientist, inventor and founder of two sustainable businesses, Adam Lowry is currently CEO of Ripple Foods, a dairy-free milk products company. His first company was Method, the sustainable cleaning products brand that's now a household name. The post 🎙️Milk from peas? Ripple Foods co-founder Adam Lowry on making protein...

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Wisdom (and wallets) of the crowd: Small Robot Company closes crowdfunding campaign at £2.1m

The VC firm 7percent Ventures is confirmed as lead investor, having plowed in £200,000. By the time of close, a total of 1,759 investors had backed the round. The post Wisdom (and wallets) of the crowd: Small Robot Company closes crowdfunding campaign at £2.1m appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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France’s Sencrop acquires sensor maker Visio-Green in start of consolidation play

The acquisition will add 1,800 weather stations to the company’s existing European network to support hyper-local weather data for farmers. The post France’s Sencrop acquires sensor maker Visio-Green in start of consolidation play appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Agrando closes seed funding for online agribusiness marketplace

The design process is about not patronising farmers with solutions they do not need, but realizing farmers as concerned about boosting their bottom line in a tight margins business. "Every farmer is a CEO, Agrando's founder tells AFN. The post EXCLUSIVE: Germany’s Agrando closes seed funding for online agribusiness marketplace...

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Celebrating 1 Million People Empowered by Prosper

Nearly 15 years ago, Prosper launched as the first peer-to-peer lending platform in the U.S. As of today, more than 1 million people have gotten a personal loan through Prosper! The post Celebrating 1 Million People Empowered by Prosper appeared first on Prosper Blog.

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Rich Dad Poor Dad - A Quick Book Summary and Review

Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad was first published in 1997 and quickly became a must-read for people interested in investing, money, and the global economy. The book has been translated into dozens of languages, sold around the world, and has become the #1 Personal Finance book of all time.

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How Debt Terms are Changing in 2020

Competition in private lending is driving interest rates down on several types of debt products. Between 2017 and 2018, private mortgage lending grew 37.8 percent, and that’s just one market segment. The post How Debt Terms are Changing in 2020 appeared first on Sharestates.

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BREAKING: Freight Farms raises $15m Series B led by Ospraie Ag Science

The container farming startup is planning to dig deeper into plant science to optimize its connected platform and provide growers with better recipes. The post BREAKING: Freight Farms raises $15m Series B led by Ospraie Ag Science appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Can a 15 minute survey help farmers adopt more tech? Growers Insight is betting on it

Farmers are inundated with tech offerings and short on time to assess them but a 15-minute survey could help them plan for better tech use, according to a new consultancy called Growers Insight. The post Can a 15 minute survey help farmers adopt more tech? Growers Insight is betting on...

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5 things to think about when marketing new tech to farmers

Agriculture technology startups and established companies face many challenges in a tight marketplace for farmers and ag professionals. The post 5 things to think about when marketing new tech to farmers appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Introducing Autopilot, the easiest way to build a startup portfolio

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EXCLUSIVE: Leaf Agriculture comes out of stealth with agtech API to integrate your farm data

Leaf wants to make it easier for agtech innovators to create apps by harnessing clean, standardized, and aggregated data from multiple sources. The post EXCLUSIVE: Leaf Agriculture comes out of stealth with agtech API to integrate your farm data appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Commercial Real Estate Debt Investing: an Alternative to Fixed-Rate Vehicles

This article takes a closer look at real estate debt investing, and how it can complement both an equity-based real estate portfolio and a more traditional fixed income portfolio.  Intro: What is Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Debt  Traditional investment advice states that, as you approach retirement, your overall investment mix...

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Sustainable ag intensification and climate adaptation top USDA’s science agenda

Speaking at an event in Washington DC on Wednesday, Scott Hutchins previewed the department’s Science Blueprint, which outlines the agency's research priorities through 2025. The post Sustainable ag intensification and climate adaptation top USDA’s science agenda appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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The Weekly Multiple

Each week we bring you the best of what we’re reading in industry news & market trend commentary. Sign up here to get this curated news brief delivered directly to your inbox. Investors Are Overlooking the Yields in Affordable Housing GlobeSt. – Affordable housing has recently become a popular asset...

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Reviving San Francisco Communities: Haim Mamane Palman’s House Flipping Goals (Plus, a LendingHome Team Property Visit!)

LendingHome Customer Haim Mamane Palman has mastered the house flipping craft. As a real estate investor, developer, and wholesaler, he has a foot in different dimensions of the real estate investing universe.  And considering he has seven years in the business and flips a couple of houses at a time—with...

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Top Real Estate Tech Firm Takes Crowdfunding Nationwide

The team at The Real Deal interviewed Sharestates CEO/Co-founder Allen Shayanfekr about how Sharestates works and why Sharestates has been so successful since it was founded in 2015. The post Top Real Estate Tech Firm Takes Crowdfunding Nationwide appeared first on Sharestates.

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Is it Just a Fad? Evaluating Startup Longevity

Learn how to avoid getting sucked into the hype of startup fads. Continue reading →

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For Yofix, plant-based yogurt is not enough. It has to be ‘clean label’ too.

With the team at Yofix confirming the closure of a Series A funding round at $2.5 million, it is now clear that a few dairy behemoths have acquired a bit of a taste for plant-based yogurts. The post For Yofix, plant-based yogurt is not enough. It has to be ‘clean...

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These two women are taking the “breast” out of breastmilk

Michelle Egger and Leila Strickland are the founders of BIOMILQ, a biotech company seeking to optimize a woman's breastmilk by culturing it in a bioreactor, rather than the natural way. The post These two women are taking the “breast” out of breastmilk appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Why a simple tool to count pigs caught Ag Startup Engine’s eye

Using AI and computer vision Sentinel helps hog producers get accurate headcounts of their pigs to prevent combat inefficiency and prevent problems downstream. The post Why a simple tool to count pigs caught Ag Startup Engine’s eye appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Birchal takes the lead in Oz crowdfunding.

Crowdsourced Funding (CSF) legislation in Australia, was lagging behind when the Crowdsourced Funding Act came into being in 2017. But this legislation fell short of expectations. Only around 0.5 percent of businesses were eligible because proprietary companies (similar to Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) in the U.S.) were not included. Happily,...

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The Case for Ground-Up Development

Finding a vacant plot of land in a developed market is difficult, but if it’s available, that opportunity should be explored. Ground-up developments have the potential to produce very high returns for investors. However, there can also be a considerable amount of risk involved. A significant amount of due diligence...

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Future Food: The need for technology in an antiquated, but still huge, pork industry

In a world of African Swine Fever, increasing scrutiny of the meat industry and consumer demand for transparency, the pork industry needs to modernize. But according to Chris Bomgaars, founder of EveryPig, many in the industry are reticent to move on. The post Future Food: The need for technology in...

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BREAKING: Huddle Corp raises €1.5m to launch efficient aquafeed products

The French feed ingredient developer uses a proprietary encapsulation technology to make fish feed more efficient once its consumed. The post BREAKING: Huddle Corp raises €1.5m to launch efficient aquafeed products appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Rebecca Lima, The Lieu

This isn’t your first time founding a company. What’s different this time? What we are doing at The Lieu impacts me every single day. As a woman, we are expected to uphold societal appearances. There are many steps we need to take to present how we are “s...

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One future of pest control: Grow and release swarms of sterile male insects

UK-based BigSIS has closed a pre-seed round of funding, AFN can reveal. The post One future of pest control: Grow and release swarms of sterile male insects appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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What’s the role of technology in animal welfare? We ask McDonald’s Banks Baker

We spoke to Banks Baker ahead of his speaking slot at the Animal AgTech Innovation Summit in San Francisco in March. The post What’s the role of technology in animal welfare? We ask McDonald’s Banks Baker appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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BREAKING: Solinftec raises $60m as the Amazon of LatAM leads record-breaking Series B

"We chose Unbox Capital over other funds because of their huge knowledge of digital transformation and disruption, which they can share with us," said Rodrigo lafelices dos Santos, Solinftec's CEO. The post BREAKING: Solinftec raises $60m as the Amazon of LatAM leads record-breaking Series B appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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Top Reasons to Invest with a Real Estate Institution

ArborCrowd was the first crowdfunding platform launched by a real estate institution, The Arbor Family of Companies, which includes a publicly traded real estate investment trust Arbor Realty Trust, and a private equity real estate firm. The family of companies has created a real estate ecosystem that capitalizes on over...

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What Impact Will an Updated Definition of ‘Accredited Investor’ Have on Private Lending?

The current definition of an accredited investor is based on income or net worth, but the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking at changing that. In December, the commission proposed changes to the definition that would open the door to new investors able to put capital to work in...

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Egg white replacement ingredient company scores €500k seed funding from Dutch VCs

A Wageningen spin-out, the company claims its non-GMO animal-free replacement is more cost-effective than traditional egg whites. The post Egg white replacement ingredient company scores €500k seed funding from Dutch VCs appeared first on AgFunderNews.

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America is aging. Are cars in the equation?

“Our world is isolating and disempowering for the 32 percent of Americans who do not even have a driver’s license…. And older Americans — who will number 77 million by the year 2034 — are one group who suffer disproportionately from this world we’ve built,” writes Daniel Herriges, of Strong...

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Meet the FoodTech 500’s top 10 startups powering the food revolution

The top startup companies that made the 2019 FoodTech 500 list represent every sector of the FoodTech ecosystem, from farm to fork, and they are all success stories in their own right, which is why we are so proud to share them with you.  The post Meet the FoodTech 500’s...

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7 Financial Pitfalls to Avoid

It’s the start of a new year and a great time to think about improving your relationship with your money. Perhaps you want to invest more, spend less, or create a budget.  As you think through the improvements you need to make, consider the following pitfalls that could hinder your...

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Is Real Estate a Liquid Investment? No, BUT...

“It takes money to make money.”

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IRR vs ROI: What’s The Difference & Which Should You Use?

Internal rate of return (IRR) and return on investment (ROI) are two of the common calculations rental property investors use to analyze and forecast their actual and expected returns.

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