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Finistere enters robotics with an eye on broader markets

CEO Arama Kukutai says participation in a $8.8m funding round for New Zealand’s Invert Robotics gives the firm an entry into potential markets outside of agri.

Western Australia ‘like California 30 years ago’

Alterra MD says he is seeing the ‘best opportunities’ for investment in WA, attracting interest from North American institutional investors.

Cultivian Sandbox fund misses $200m target

The firm secures $130m from strategic ag investors like ADM and Smithfield, as well as its first non-US LPs, like Sumitomo Chemical America.

Western Sydney International Airport could house agtech cluster: report

Report from the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre proposes a cluster that would enable Australia to increase its exports of fresh fruit and vegetables, and other commodities.

Indigo Marketplace attracts $12bn in specialty grain supply

Indigo Ag has raised a total of $650m in private equity financing, with its most recent round valuing the company at $3.5bn.

Abu Dhabi provides $272m agtech incentives to create ‘vibrant ecosystem’

Abu Dhabi Investment Office will provide the funding via a mix of cash and non-cash incentives over the next three years.

Finistere hires ex-Bayer crop science R&D chief as CTO

Adrian Percy, who already advises two of the firm’s portfolio companies, expects regulatory pressure to provide opportunities for agtech investors.

Farmland rental platform nets $8.25m in Series A

Tillable co-founder Corbett Kull says the platform is already connecting growers and institutional landowners.

Bezos family office among group injecting $30m into mayo alternative

Elio Leoni Sceti, co-founder of lead investor The Craftory, says the investment into NotCo reflects a strategy designed to harness a 'seismic shift' in the relationship between brands and consumers over the past five years.

Grains VC fund aims to foster Australian agtech ecosystem

Sydney-based Artesian Venture Partners has launched its A$50m GrainInnovate VC fund with backing from the Grains Research and Development Corporation
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