Tag: AgTech

BASF invests in Alchemist Accelerator for chemical industry growth

BASF invests in Alchemist Accelerator for chemical industry growth

February 23, 2019 |

In California, BASF Venture Capital is investing $2 million into Alchemist Accelerator’s fund, allocating at least half towards investments in 3D printing, agtech, material informatics, nutrition, and technology game-changers. This investment supports BASF’s strategy to leverage digital technologies to drive business growth. “Alchemist has built a strong reputation for attracting the best in the digital […]

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The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to innovation in Agtech, Foodtech, and Renewable Chemicals

The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to innovation in Agtech, Foodtech, and Renewable Chemicals

November 7, 2016 |

What are the true drivers of Innovation in Agtech, Foodtech, and Renewable Chemicals? AT ABLC Next in San Francisco, the opening plenary session looking at this topic featured Roger Wyse, managing partner of Spruce Capital Partners, who gave the following overview on challenges, opportunities, and learnings

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Future Farm, Future Crop: Utopia or Dystopia? Part 1 of 5

Future Farm, Future Crop: Utopia or Dystopia? Part 1 of 5

August 9, 2015 |

As America’s farmers hit retirement age and technology options explode, what comes next?  The Digest commences a five-part series today. The average age of the US farmer reached 58.3 years in the USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture. For sure, farmers have been older than the general population for some time. Why is it becoming important now? […]

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Do biofuels massively worsen water stress?

Do biofuels massively worsen water stress?

August 5, 2015 |

Does bioenergy place such massive pressure on water resources that it zeroes out the climate change benefits? Tweets around a recent article from PNAS say “yes, that’s so!” But is it really so?  The dire headline tweeted by Carbon Brief — “Heavy reliance on bioenergy could mean a 42% increase in water consumption across the US by […]

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Innovation and Investment in AgTech — the what, when, who, why, and how

Innovation and Investment in AgTech — the what, when, who, why, and how

February 16, 2015 |

By Vonnie Estes, special to the Digest Having spent more than twenty years commercializing technology in the agricultural sector, I’m excited by the growing interest and investment in Agricultural Technology. AgTech did not receive much attention from venture capital prior to 2012. Investment in 2012 was around $150M – and then it exploded to $1.8 […]

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