Recent Deals – 6 September 2019


Louis Brasington
Agriculture & Food: FreshtoHome, a developer of a fresh meat and fish home delivery service, raised $20 million in a Series B round from Iron Pillar and Joe Hirao, the founder of Japan’s ZIGExn. The India-based start-up was founded in 2015 and has built its own supply chain network, giving it control over quality and delivery of the food items. It uses trains and planes to move inventory and has become one of the biggest clients of several local airlines. The company will use the funds to... Read More »

Recent Deals – 23 August 2019


Chris Sworder
Agriculture & Food: Motif FoodWorks, a developer of ingredients for the next generation of plant-based and healthy foods (previously known as Motif Ingredients), raised $27.5 million from General Atlantic and CPT Capital. This funding round added to the $90 million it raised from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Louis Dreyfus Company, Fonterra, and Viking Global when the company was founded in February this year. The company is a spin-out of Ginkgo Bioworks' platform for biological engineering, and is leveraging its parent company's... Read More »

Recent Deals – 9 August 2019


Cassidy Shell
Agriculture & Food:   Inari, a developer of genetic engineering tools for the agricultural sector, raised $89 million in growth equity. Investors included Flagship Pioneering, Investment Corporation of Dubai, EDBI and Acre Venture Partners. The new round of capital will be used to further the company’s computational and genomic tools, as well as accelerate the commercialization and introduction of its corn and soybean seeds to the US market. Within the next two years, Inari plans to expand into other crops.... Read More »

Recent Deals – 26 July 2019


Chris Sworder
Agriculture & Food:   Joyn Bio announced a partnership with NewLeaf Symbiotics. Valued at $75 million, the deal will aim to bring forth a new microbe class that will benefit crop health and protection. Through this deal, Joyn Bio will gain access to NewLeaf’s library of proprietary, highly characterized strains of plant colonizing microbes.   Energy & Power: Innowatt, a developer of real-time energy monitoring and prediction software for energy retailers and utilities, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from... Read More »

Recent Deals – 12 July 2019


Louis Brasington
Agriculture & Food: AeroFarms, a developer of aeroponic systems to grow greens at high yield densities in urban vertical farms, raised $100 million in a Series E round. The investment round was led by IKEA, and included existing investors Wheatsheaf and ADM Capital, as well as Mission Point Capital, GSR Ventures, and Alliance Bernstein. Founded in 2004, the US company provides aeroponic modules that grow leafy greens in a cloth medium under LED lighting. These modules can be stacked inside... Read More »

Next Generation Solar – Sector Watch 12 July 2019


Louis Brasington
Attractiveness Over the last 25 years, crystalline silicon photovoltaics have become the world’s fastest growing energy source. The last cleantech boom saw a few competing technologies such as thin-film solar try and fail to compete with the mainstream offerings. However, today's advances in technology, smart business models and progressive funding solutions are creating new opportunities for a small number of perovskite and dye-sensitized thin-film photovoltaic innovators. While previously seen as a direct competitor, next generation solar innovators are finding niches... Read More »

Three Ways Singapore is Driving a Sustainable Future through Innovation


Stephen Marcus
From smart cities to agriculture projects, water consumption to air quality, Singapore is pushing hard on sustainable innovation. But what makes the city a leading driver for sustainability in the region and beyond?It’s not just a matter of developing and using the latest sustainable technologies. Singapore is the center of a productive ecosystem with the resources, support and reach that start-ups, investors, multinationals and governments need to transform industry and act on global opportunities.Here are three things that demonstrate Singapore’s... Read More »

Recent Deals – 28 June 2019


Cassidy Shell
Agriculture & Food: ZeaKal, a developer of plant science technology to increase photosynthesis, improve crop yields and enhance nutritional profiles of various agricultural crops, raised $10 million from Canopy Rivers. As a result of this investment, Canopy Rivers will own approximately 8.7% of ZeaKal and the two companies will enter a strategic collaboration. ZeaKal’s initial commercial focus has been on major row crops but will expand its program to cannabis and hemp following this investment. Energy & Power: Arnergy, a... Read More »

Paris is on Track to Become the European Capital of Cleantech – are Foreign Investors Ready?


Jules Besnainou
European cleantech has been thriving in the past five years. In this period, investment into start-ups has more than doubled to $5.2 billion deployed over 566 deals in 2018, representing 28% of global cleantech deals. For the first time in years, France was one of the top two EU destinations for investment, places typically held by the UK, Germany and Israel. As it benefits from a wave of innovation and capital, a friendly government and looming Brexit, France could claim... Read More »

Food News: Motif Ingredients – Microbes to Meat, the Race is on…


Chris Sworder
The news about Ginkgo Bioworks spinning out Motif Ingredients signals an acceleration in the race to create an alternative meat. Plant-based meat has opened the door to consumer acceptance. Now the challenges are overcoming production bottlenecks and improving the taste, feel and versatility of the products. With $90 million of fresh capital, an impressive set of investors and a pedigree from Ginkgo Bioworks, the race is on. Spotlight on burgers Plant-based burgers are making the news, with the latest offerings including the UAE-based... Read More »