AgTech

Crop One, Emirate open ‘world’s largest vertical farm’ in Dubai

Passengers on Emirates and other airlines will be able to eat the leafy greens, which include lettuces, arugula, mixed salad greens and spinach on their flights starting this month.

Vertical farming founder is reimagining agriculture from the ground up

Welcome back to Found, the TechCrunch podcast that brings you the stories behind the startups. This week’s guest, Bowery Farming founder and CEO Irving Fain wants you to taste the best strawberr

Why Felix Williams, who started a VC firm at 19, believes his youth gives him an advantage as an investor

Felix Williams is the founder and managing director of Lagomaj Capital. Since starting the St. Louis, Missouri-based venture capital firm soon after completing high school, 23-year-old Williams has ba

Meet the Extreme Tech Challenge 2022 Global Finals category finalists and special award winners

Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC), the world’s largest startup competition focused on purpose-driven innovation, and sponsor of TechCrunch Sessions: Climate, has chosen 10 category finalists and three Sp

Rodney Brooks and Clara Vu will discuss human-robot interaction at TC Sessions: Robotics 2022

Robots have transformed automation across industries such as agtech, automotive, logistics, manufacturing and warehousing. Yet even the most advanced robots typically work in restricted workcells away

Sencrop predicts weather conditions at a microclimate level for farmers

French startup Sencrop just raised an $18 million Series B funding round led by JVP. The company helps farmers mitigate all sorts of risks, from extreme weather events to diseases that affect various

Ghanaian agtech Farmerline to use new funding to strengthen its infrastructure, help farmers create wealth

A McKinsey and Co. study suggests that while sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to increase (even triple) its agricultural output and overall contribution to the economy, the sector remains untapped

To raise a fund, this agtech outfit built a content company first (now it has $60 million to put to work)

Rob Leclerc has the kind of pedigree that investors tend to like: He has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Calgary and a Ph.D. in computational biology from Yale. In f

The VC-backed chicken that’s changing the way farmers breed and feed their livestock

Most people don’t spend much time thinking about where their poultry comes from, much less what it was eating when it was alive but the feeding practices on large farms are harmful to the environmen

SupPlant is an Internet of Trees solution dramatically reducing irrigation needs for thirsty crops

Agtech startup SupPlant‘s flagship product is, essentially, a Babel fish for plants: leveraging a set of hardware sensors, the plants can tell you whether they’ve been drinking enough wate

Source makes greenhouses smarter to secure the future of food supply

Agtech startup Source.ag today announced it harvested a $10 million investment to make greenhouses smarter. The founders have set their eyes on a horizon where, driven by climate change and a rapid in

Verdant aims to be the (robotic) king of carrot weeders

Agtech is a massive industry aching to be disrupted by robotics. It’s a big category that’s going to require a number of solutions to various problems, though lately it’s been hit by a number of

Early-stage Euro VC Backed brings in another €150M, puts a heavy focus on founder events

London-based early-stage European VC fund Backed is bolstering its position by adding €75 million to its seed fund, while adding another €75 million via a new follow-on fund vehicle. The Backed Co

Vanilla Vida wants the world to eat more natural vanilla

The goal is to provide quantity, quality and cost stability for the vanilla supply chain through advanced growing methods for the beans via smart farms and in climate-controlled greenhouses.

Cooks Venture, the chicken company with big dreams, eats up $50M

Chicken is the most consumed meat in the United States and the world. And yet, the system in place to breed and feed and raise all this chicken is incredibly detrimental to our overall well-being. It

Abundant’s new owner looks to revive the apple-picking robot through equity crowdfunding

Last summer, Hayward-based Abundant Robotics abruptly closed up shop. Plenty of startups fail, a phenomenon that certainly applies in the notoriously difficult world of robotics. But the pandemic has

Vertical farming firm Kalera eyes SPAC deal

Another vertical farming operation revealed its plans to hit Nasdaq by way of SPAC. This week, Florida-based Kalera announced plans to merge with Agrico Acquisition Corp. in a deal that values the agt

South Korea’s agtech startup Green Labs raises $140M Series C to accelerate global expansion

Green Labs, a South Korean agtech startup, announced this week it has closed a $140 million Series C led by BRV Capital Management, with participation from Skylake Incuvest and SK Square. The startup

Aigen’s swarm of agtech robots want to make agriculture carbon negative

Even though the only thing the robot can do right now is pull weeds, Aigen is adamant it isn’t building a weed-whacking robot. It claims to be on a mission to terraform the earth, and says it ha

Upward plans to open a 250,000-square-foot vertical farm in PA early next year

Brooklyn-based Upward Farms this week unveiled plans to launch a massive 250,000-square-foot vertical farm. Set for an early-2023 opening, the site will be located in Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Luz
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