Investment Crowdfunding News

Here’s some recent investment crowdfunding news from around the ecosystem, including from the blogs of the 126 platforms in our database of crowdfunded and alternative investment platforms.

Eat Beyond wants retail investors to take part in 'thriving' alt-protein space

Eat Beyond CEO Patrick Morris tells AFN why the investment fund decided to go down the IPO route - and what it has planned for the future.

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Phood raises $2m seed funding to help kitchens monitor food waste

Phood's back-of-house hardware and software system serves as a measurement tool for kitchen crews to help them figure out exactly what is being wasted.

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Kate Farms raises $51m for plant-based tube-feeding formula and shakes

California's Kate Farms makes plant-based, organic formulas that can be used for tube feeding patients with chronic illnesses.

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Asia's food trends for 2021: Plant-based, protein-rich & mind-nourishing

Food trends identified by Ai Palette suggest that Covid-19 will have a long-lasting impact on Asian consumer preferences when it comes to eating & drinking.

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Bain: Southeast Asia can make $205bn yearly via sustainable food system

Bain & Company is establishing its Global Sustainability Innovation Center in Singapore; while spin-out Bain Capital has raised an $800m impact fund.

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Orbia launches $130m fund, injects $3m into plant health startup SeeTree

Orbia Ventures will target Series A & B deals with a check size of $1m to $6m, focusing on startups that are strategically aligned with its parent company.

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Temasek partners Singapore science agency on foodtech center

Temasek is also setting up a dedicated platform to help its agrifood portfolio companies scale up operations and production.

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Pitching to angel investors

Most entrepreneurs are aware that angel investors can be a valuable source of capital for startups. But how do companies meet them? What’s the best way to meet and pitch them? Here’s a basic overview with tips on how to find and pitch to angel investors.

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GROUNDFLOOR Named to the Deloitte Fast 500 List

We are excited to announce that GROUNDFLOOR has been named to the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 List for the first time.

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Aphea Bio & Biotalys among Ghent's many biotech gems

Aphea Bio, which offers a novel, algorithm-driven approach to crop protection, just raised $16.6 million in a Series B round led by Astanor Ventures.

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Food waste to indoor ag input: Re-Nuble raises $1.1m seed funding

Re-Nuble 'upcycles' organic compounds from unrecoverable vegetable food waste, generating water-soluble, organic hydroponic nutrients for soilless farms.

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Asset Management Weekly Update, November 15-21, 2020

We are pleased to present details about loan repayments and asset management activities from last week, November 15-21, 2020.

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Cricket One gets pre-Series A funding to make the case for insect protein

Vietnam's Cricket One has just launched a burger patty made from its farmed house crickets; consumers couldn't differentiate it from beef, the startup says.

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The Impact Of The Coronavirus on Real Estate Investing in 2021

What does real estate investing look like in 2021? Despite the uncertainty of the coronavirus learn about current investing opportunities.

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Think outside the stock market: 5 alternative investments for 2021

At the risk of sounding basic, we’re going to go ahead and restate an investing 101 bedrock principle: Diversify your portfolio. Those early in their investment journey might take that to mean buying stocks from a few different companies whose operations are uncorrelated.  But that would amount to a basket with...

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Farm software startup Agrivi raises $4.8m for major expansion

London-based Agrivi has users in 100 countries, and counts major players like Driscoll's, Kimberly-Clark, and Nestlé among its clients.

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Introducing Our New Investor Dashboard

We are pleased to unveil our new Investor Dashboard, which represents the next step in our ongoing user experience evolution.

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Derecho highlights resilience of Iowa ag infrastructure through difficult 2020

Agricultural strength, entrepreneurial focus, and collaboration continue to drive growth despite unprecedented challenges - like August's Midwest derecho.

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Announcing New Lending Initiatives and Lower Fees

In response to growing demand for our real estate loan products, GROUNDFLOOR is pleased to announce the launch of several new lending initiatives.

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Costa Rica’s ClearLeaf is tackling farm safety with alternative inputs

ClearLeaf offers a non-toxic crop protection product for coffee, banana, sugar cane, and flowers, with more target crops in the works.

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GROUNDFLOOR Wins Benzinga's Best Lending Platform

We are thrilled to announce that GROUNDFLOOR was named the Best Lending Platform during Benzinga's 2020 Global Fintech Awards!

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KisanHub raises $1.5m to bring farm-to-factory visibility to supply chains

KisanHub aggregates data from cropfields, on-farm sensors, stores, shipments, and satellites to drive efficiency across the entire agrifood supply chain.

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Why Israel's OurCrowd is teaming up with New Zealand's Sprout

OurCrowd is Israel's most active venture investor. It's partnering with agtech accelerator Sprout to take a little of the 'Startup Nation' magic down under.

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WeedOUT closes $4.2m Series A round; hires ex-Monsanto M&A chief

Israeli bio-herbicide startup WeedOUT will use the funding for product development, scaling its operations, and regulatory advancements.

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MycoWorks closes $45m Series B; John Legend, Natalie Portman invest

MycoWorks also announced the opening of a new plant that will increase production of its mycelium-based leather alternative by 10x.

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Cities with The Lowest Homeownership Rates (& The Most Renters)

Here's the research showing the cities with the lowest homeownership rates across the US, and which cities have the most renters.

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Asset Management Weekly Update, November 8-14, 2020

We are pleased to present details about loan repayments and asset management activities from last week, November 8-12, 2020.

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Republic acquires NextSeed for local business vertical, debt financing tech

Third acquisition in 2020. NextSeed CEO becomes Republic COO.

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U.S. Cities With the Highest Property Taxes

If you're thinking about getting an early start on real estate investing, find out how to plan for the journey and maximize your money.

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Plenty scoops up $140m Series D round led by Driscoll’s and Softbank

Plenty will use the funding to build out its new Compton, CA, facility and to research strawberry cultivation alongside new investor Driscoll's.

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Loan 100: Introducing Our New 100% LTC Product

Introducing Loan 100, a new loan product designed to better meet the needs of our most experienced borrowers.

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LatAm Agrifoodtech Market Map: From seed to consumer

LatAm agrifoodtech is on the march. Our visual market map includes 78 startups covering the value chain from farm inputs to consumer-facing solutions.

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Indigo Ag announces first corporate buyers for its carbon credits

Indigo Ag has revelaed that IBM, Shopify, and JPMorgan are among the first corporate buyers of farmer-generated carbon credits traded on its marketplace.

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No more rotten tomatoes: Improving agricultural logistics with tech

Agricultural logistics software can help reduce food loss and waste, while also offering transparency for stakeholders throughout the value chain.

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Mosa Meat, maker of world’s first 'lab-grown' burger, gets $55m

Dutch cultured meat startup Mosa Meat is expecting a second close of its Series B round in "the next few months" following $55m first tranche.

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Forager wants to help local food digitize by connecting farmers and buyers

Forager is a digital procurement platform for local food that aims to connect wholesale and retail buyers with independent farmers & artisanal grocers.

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Walmart, Flipkart invest $30m in Indian farm produce platform Ninjacart

Ninjacart, which helps farms sell produce directly to restaurants and retailers, previously received investment from the pair in December last year.

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Joseph Blanch, GoBe

What’s the inspiration behind GoBe? The inspiration for GoBe came from MANY different experiences that all converged into a single idea.  The most distinct moment for me was during a drive with my family (Solanda, me, and our toddler). During our drive, ...

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Mitch Slater, Levered Learning

What's the inspiration behind Levered Learning? As a classroom teacher, the biggest challenge throughout my 20-year career was how to meet the needs of the range of students in every class. That led me to taking the unusual (some would say crazy) step of ...

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Our Three Investment Approaches

In recent quarters, we have expanded our real estate investment offerings beyond distinct properties to Funds, Opportunity Zone, and 1031 Exchange investments. The goal is simple: to provide further means of diversification and tax-efficient investing strategies to complement the debt, preferred equity, and equity investments we have offered since inception. ...

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Asset Management Weekly Update, October 4-10, 2020

We are pleased to present details about loan repayments and asset management activities from last week, October 4-10, 2020.

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McKinsey: European online farming market could exceed $12bn by 2025

Almost 4 million more farmers in Europe are ready to use online agribusiness marketplaces as their main sources of ordering than before Covid-19.

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4 Singapore Food Bowl startups who can revolutionize farming with tech

In the last of our series profiling the first-ever Food Bowl cohort, AFN speaks to four startups offering solutions to make farming more sustainable.

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Reach Your Financial Goals With a Diversified Portfolio

Deciding where to start when investing or what to do can feel overwhelming with all the investment options out there. Download the Happynest app

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Farmers Edge, Radicle launch 'data-fueled' ag carbon credit program

Farmers Edge will assist growers in tracking and verifying production data, while Radicle will help them identify opportunities to qualify for credits.

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Pontifax AgTech closes latest growth-stage fund at $302m

Pontifax AgTech co-founder says close timely given "scarcity of sector-focused growth capital [and] challenges and opportunities created by Covid-19."

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LendingClub Closing Down Their Platform for Retail Investors

There is big news out of LendingClub today for their tens of thousands of retail investors. They have given notice that they are closing down their Notes platform at the end of the year and individual investors will no longer be able to invest in any loans originated by LendingClub....

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Crowdfunding platforms Crowdcube and Seedrs to merge - Yahoo Singapore News

Crowdfunding platforms Crowdcube and Seedrs to merge  Yahoo Singapore News

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Soil health is hot. But is there a business case support it?

The Soil Health Institute is partnering with Cargill and others to find out if adopting soil health practices can actually pay off for farmers.

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Mythic Messenger #11 - "...Then everything changed when the corporations attacked!" — Mythic Markets: Fractional Investing in Fandom Collectibles

Get the latest on Avatar: The Last Airbender, DC Comics, pro streamers, '90s comedy reboots

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