Investment/Donor Research

Goals

To obtain a list of investment funds that have invested more than 10 million USD per investment at least 2 times in the last 12 months in agrotechnology. Also, to obtain a list of the 30 biggest donors/investors in impact investments.

Early Findings

  • The recently published 2018 AgriFood Tech Investing Report reveals that investments grew by 43% year-over-year to about $17 billion.
  • Deal sizes also increased in 2018, specifically at the later stages. For Series D rounds, the average was around $73 million. This figure is "above the cross-industry average of $50 million".
  • Robotics and automation startups that automate menial tasks are gaining momentum.
  • AgFunder, a venture capital based in Silicon Valley, is "one of the most active agri-foodtech venture capitalists". The company has over 60,000 subscribers and members globally.
  • AgFunder has invested in several agrotechnology startups, including Wefarm and FieldIn. Wefarm, for instance, raised $13 million in a Series A round, while FieldIn raised $12 million.
  • Other firms that have invested in the top AgTech startups include Costanoa Ventures, TPG Capital, and Monsanto Growth Ventures.

Proposed next steps:

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Our background search reveals that there is a surge in investments in agrotechnology. We recommend further research to provide a list of 5 investment funds (or venture capitals) that have invested more than 10 million USD per investment at least 2 times in the last 12 months in agrotechnology. For each fund, we would provide the names, publicly available contact numbers, as well as email addresses.
Also, we recommend further research to provide a list of the 30 biggest donors/investors in impact investments.
As an alternative to the second option, we recommend further research to provide a list of the 5 biggest donors/investors in impact investments.