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.

Asset Management Weekly Update, September 20-26, 2020

We are pleased to present details about loan repayments and asset management activities from last week, September 20-26, 2020.

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Open innovation driving growth, opportunity for Iowa startups & corporates

Iowan companies are bringing new ideas to market faster than ever before thanks to open innovation initiatives with startups, farmers, and universities.

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Indoor ag gets social with new Farmbook networking & data initiative

The US-based project's co-founders are creating a networking space for indoor growers, while also aggregating data to establish much needed benchmarks.

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Multiple Perspectives Podcast | Tara Fung, CRO of Alto IRA

Alternative assets have become increasingly accessible to retail investors since the passage of The JOBS Act in 2012. Adding to that accessibility is the option for investors to use retirement savings, in the form of a self-directed IRA, to diversify their investment portfolio. In this episode, host David Lofgren sits...

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The South American opportunity for US agtech entrepreneurs

An agriculture tech consultant shares his insights on how to make the most of the burgeoning market for agtech solutions in South America.

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My Financial Journey: Drew Appelbaum

Everyone has their own financial journey in life, and that includes the HappyNest team too. Learn all about how our friend Drew got from point A to point B.

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Turkish delight as Tarfin raises $5m Series A for its smallholder lending app

Tarfin offers access to extended payments for smallholder farmers, and creates pools of receivables for institutional investors as asset-backed securities.

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Darren Sardoff, Snailz

What’s the inspiration behind Snailz? How did you get started?  My wife's frustrations booking nail salon appointments!  She's very busy and her schedule often changes, so squeezing in the salon was very difficult. Especially if appointment times needed t...

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How robotics startup Vinergy is making grape harvest more efficient

California's Vinergy aims to improve the most time-consuming, labor-intensive, and riskiest part of the grape harvest: moving fruit to the end of the rows.

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Supply chain digitizer Silo raises $9m Series A from a16z

Silo is aiming to create a digital link between retailers, wholesalers, distributors, food service companies, packers, processors, and freight providers.

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On The Ground With GROUNDFLOOR's Rich Pulido

Get to know the people behind the platform! Meet Rich Pulido, Senior Vice President and member of GROUNDFLOOR's executive committee.

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Aquatic biopesticide startup Sundew nets $1.7m from Novo Nordisk, others

Sundew thinks that toxicity and growing pathogen resistance to chemical aqua-pesticides means that now's the time to shine for biological alternatives.

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Will DeFi realize a more open financial system?

DeFi has taken the crypto world by storm. In this article, Republic provides an overview of the DeFi ecosystem and its potential to create a more open financial system.

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Cutting down food loss and food waste: 3 retail stories

Find out how three of the world's biggest retailers – Carrefour, Ikea, and Tesco – are tackling food waste within their own operations and supply chains.

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Phytolon ferments its way toward a technicolor of food with $4.1m funding

Israel's Phytolon has been working on a proprietary, fermentation-based technology to produce its own spectra of plant-based food colorants.

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Smart irrigation startup Phytech raises $23.5m in THL-led Series C

Phytech, which claims to "change the way farmers connect with their plants," also counts Syngenta, Tencent, and Mitsui & Co as investors.

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Leaf raises $2m seed round to expand its agrifoodtech API

Leaf has created an API for farm data with the goal of helping agrifoodtech developers reduce data siloing and boost innovation.

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Hong Kong 'plant-based platform' Green Monday raises $70m

Green Monday Group, which includes a social foundation, grocery chain, foodtech lab, and an investment fund, will use the funding for global expansion.

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Asset Management Weekly Update, September 13-19, 2020

We are pleased to present details about loan repayments and asset management activities from last week, September 13-19, 2020.

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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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FutureFeed cow seaweed supplement gets funding from CSIRO, others

With Woolworths and GrainCorp among its other backers, FutureFeed wants to build an entire value chain to cultivate and commercialize its seaweed additive.

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US Court

An appellate court affirmed a lower court's decision denying Farmers Edge relief in its lawsuit alleging that Farmobil misappropriated trade secrets & more.

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Vertical farming software startup iFarm raises $4m

iFarm secured the funding in a round led by Gagarin Capital Partners, which was joined by Matrix Capital, Impulse VC, IMI.VC, and others.

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DoorDash launches one-hour grocery delivery in select markets

DoorDash faces steep competition from big players like Walmart & Amazon who have been in a bitter fight to gain consumer adoption -- and keep it.

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A Look at Virginia Beach’s Real Estate Market For 2020

Learn why real estate investors are keeping their eye on the portfolio potential of Virginia Beach and the surrounding areas.

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The Philadelphia Real Estate Market: Investor Overview for 2020

Find out what makes The City of Brotherly Love a perennial favorite for investors and renters alike in this city overview.

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The Tucson Real Estate Market Overview for 2020

Find out why the real estate market in Tucson is just as hot as the weather with this updated city overview.

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The Albuquerque Real Estate Market: What to Know for 2020

Find out why so many investors are keeping an eye on Albuquerque when considering where to grow their portfolio.

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AMA: Pranavi Cheemakurti — Understanding the world's biggest problems

Hola! I'm Pranavi and I'm on the investment team at Acceleprise Ventures, a pre-seed and seed stage B2B SaaS venture fund, and accelerator with offices in San Francisco, New York and Toronto. Prior to Acceleprise, I did early stage investing at VU Venture ...

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BIPS Interview With Sharestates

Michael Ramin, Sharestates VP of business development is interviewed by Kim Zar Bloorian and Yaakov Zar.

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EIT Food CEO: Investors are "re-emerging slowly from their safe harbors"

EIT Food will inject $6.45 million into 13 startups to ride out the Covid-19 crisis - something CEO Andy Zynga calls "a vital lifeline" for its recipients.

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Jeff O'Neill, Zephyr Aerospace

What’s the inspiration behind Zephyr Aerospace? I was flying from New York to Singapore (then the longest flight in the world) and grew restless halfway through the flight. My body needed to sleep, but there was no comfortable way to lie-flat. I couldn't ...

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American Cities With The Biggest Turnaround in Home Prices Over The Past Two Decades

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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Dealmaking during Covid-19: AgFunder 2020 Mid-Year Investment Review

The 2020 Mid-Year Investment Review suggests agrifood startups and investors are plugging away as if we weren’t in the midst of a global pandemic. Almost.

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How to Successfully Invest in Real Estate in Your 20s

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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How to Form a Real Estate Partnership and The Pros/Cons of Doing So

Learn how to create a real estate investment partnership and how to determine if this type of structure is right for your investment goals.

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What's a Reasonable Rental Increase to Ensure You Keep Your Tenant?

Time to raise the rent? Learn how to do so without losing a reliable tenant when you choose the right rate and notify your tenant the right way.

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Wondering How Much You Should Charge For Rent? 5 Easy Steps to Decide

Determine how to calculate the right rent for your market and learn how to optimize the value of your property in order to bring in higher rents.

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TemperPack raises $31m to meet surge in demand for food e-commerce

TemperPack is ramping up production to meet the surge in demand for meal kits and other food e-commerce offerings in response to Covid-19.

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Guest Post: Holding Real Estate Property in IRA

A growing number of investors within our network are considering investing in real estate via a self-directed IRA (SDIRA). For some added info on how to set up an IRA and best practices for real estate investing through a SDIRA, we sought the perspective of Rick Pendykoski, the owner of...

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Root AI raises $7.2m to deploy its 'cross-crop robot' workforce

The pandemic has created a perfect oppotunity for ag robotics startups to flex their muscle, founder and CEO John Lessing tells AFN.

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Pivot East by GROW & Farm491 to take UK, EU agrifood startups to Asia

Pivot East, launched by AgFunder's GROW and Farm491, will help UK and EU agrifoodtech startups test-run their entry into Asian markets via Singapore.

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Crowdfunding pros and cons: which avenue is best?

Know your options so that you can stand out, execute and ensure your best chance at crowdfunding success. Here’s a really simple guide.

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Mythic Messenger #10 - Star Trek: Lower Decks, esports streaming, Mulan, and Marvel villains — Mythic Markets: Fractional Investing in Fandom Collectibles

Get your geek on with Star Trek: Lower Decks, live streaming goliaths, Mulan, and Marvel's new supervillain.

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How do you turn collectibles into securities? Legal and regulatory processes — Mythic Markets: Fractional Investing in Fandom Collectibles

Using a Series LLC to raise capital for smaller assets In this livestream recording , Jillian Sidoti of Crowdfunding Lawyers (our company’s securities counsel) and Joe discuss the legal structure and regulatory processes behind the fractional investment opportunities on Mythic Markets . How

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Albertsons is adding greens from indoor farming startup Plenty to its aisles

Albertsons reached out to the San Francisco indoor farming firm amid the Covid-19 pandemic to find a new source of fresh produce as consumer demand boomed.

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BREAKING: Bayer & Temasek launch Unfold, a seeds biz for vertical farms

Unfold has received $30 million in funding from the two companies, along with rights to germplasm from Bayer's vegetable portfolio.

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MagGrow's magnetic spray tech attracts $7.1m Series A

Impact investor Astanor Ventures led the round, joined by similarly impact-minded WakeUp Capital

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BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: India's BigHaat scores $2m pre-seed funding

BigHaat provides a marketplace for smallholders to purchase inputs, secure credit, and engage data-led advisory services.

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