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The firm, co-founded by partners including three former Queensland University of Technology start-up program managers, is seeking up to A$50 million for its first VC fund.
The India-focused agtech investor is targeting a $65m first close by October this year, with its second fund now 80 percent deployed.
Founder Jay Koh says volatility in fuel and fertilizer prices should support demand for Solinftec’s ALICE AI platform, which automates planting, spraying, harvesting and tendering of crops.
Agribusiness placed ahead of infrastructure and real estate in its attractiveness to investors in a recent survey, a show of confidence in the sector’s prospects in Australia.
It is not just investors that stand to benefit from the expected proliferation of robotics and automation technologies in the agricultural sector.
Founder and managing partner Nick Cooney says participation by a University-backed investment vehicle helped feed investor interest in NuCicer, which is developing high protein chickpeas.
The Australian agtech investor invested alongside Macdoch Ventures and Global Founders Capital in nature-based solutions provider Cecil.
Opportunities in Indian agriculture are varied for investors that know where to look in a market different to many others.
Lightrock has made two investments in Indian agtech companies since the start of 2022, building on years of activity in the country.
Recent investments by KKR, Cascade Investment and Walmart suggest a future integration of controlled environment agriculture that could shape food system opportunities throughout the supply chain.

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