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MIRA’s head of agriculture talks to Agri Investor about sustainable farming in the wake of covid-19, and provides an update on fund deployment and plans for a fourth fund.
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The VC firm, launched in 2019, has backed waste management start-up Goterra’s A$8m Series A round.
Up to 10% of Fund II could end up invested in the asset class, with permanent crops and agtech growth equity eyed to help meet the vehicle’s 15% net return target.
The firm’s 2019 vintage fund has received commitments from institutional investors and is accelerating towards its $300m hard-cap.
Chief investment officer Sanjeev Krishnan says post-coronavirus consumer behavior will shape innovation in four areas including decentralized food systems and products that support immunity.
Map showing Australia fire risk index
Australia’s largest general insurer takes a stake of an unknown size in CSIRO-backed DAS, in a deal worth ‘millions of dollars’.
CubicFarms chief executive Dave Dinesen says Ospraie’s portfolio includes ideal customers for the start-up’s undulating path automated growing systems.
Mitchell Presser says ongoing consolidation of supply chains and agriculture-focused technologies is likely to drive deal activity in the years to come.
The firm that launched Indigo Agriculture has set its sights on increasing transparency in US farmland markets through CIBO Technologies, says general partner Ignacio Martinez.
Generation Investment Management growth equity co-head Lila Preston says strategic partners within its investor syndicate help the company rank among the most scaleable of alternative protein startups.
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