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Pontifax AgTech

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders Benjamin Belldegrun Philip Erlanger


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Total investments 33
Average round size
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Portfolio companies 15
Rounds per year 4.12
Lead investments 7
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Exits 2
Key employees 2
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Agriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Software
  • AgTech
  • Manufacturing

Pontifax AgTech appeared to be the VC, which was created in 2014. The leading representative office of defined VC is situated in the Santa Monica. The venture was found in North America in United States.

Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 6-10 years to receive the investment from the fund. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight Caribou Biosciences, Provivi, AgBiome. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Biopharma, Health Care. The fund has no specific favorite in a number of founders of portfolio startups. In case when startup counts 4 or 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to get the investment is meager.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 7-8 partakers. Despite the Pontifax AgTech, startups are often financed by Polaris Partners, Monsanto Growth Ventures (MGV), Innotech Advisers. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are TPG Alternative & Renewable Technologies, Monsanto Growth Ventures (MGV), UTIMCO. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by UTIMCO, TPG Alternative & Renewable Technologies, Shu Duan.

The important activity for fund was in 2018. The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2019. The fund is constantly included in 2-6 deals per year. Considering the real fund results, this VC is 13 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. Deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars are the general things for fund. Opposing the other organizations, this Pontifax AgTech works on 12 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments.

The fund was created by Benjamin Belldegrun, Philip Erlanger. Besides them, we counted 2 critical employees of this fund in our database.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation

Anuvia Plant Nutrients

$65M25 Apr 2022 Florida, United States


Supply Chain Management
$200M26 Oct 2021 Tel Aviv-Yafo, Tel Aviv District, Israel


Service Industry
$116M14 Sep 2021 Raleigh, North Carolina, United States


Enterprise Software
03 Aug 2021 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Hazel Technologies

Industrial Supplies and Parts
Other Agriculture
$70M13 Apr 2021 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Caribou Biosciences

Health Care
$115M03 Mar 2021 Berkeley, California, United States

Anuvia Plant Nutrients

$103M23 Feb 2021 Florida, United States

Pairwise Plants LLC

Food and Beverage
$90M03 Feb 2021 Durham, North Carolina, United States

$45M22 Dec 2020 Santa Monica, California, United States
Robotics-powered ‘microfulfillment’ startup Fabric raises $200M

– Fabric, a startup developing a “microfulfillment” automation platform for retailers, announced that it raised $200m in series C funding led by Temasek with participation from Koch Disruptive Technologies, Union Tech Ventures, Harel Insurance & Finance, Pontifax Global Food and Agriculture Technology Fund, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, KSH Capital, Princeville Capital, Wharton Equity, and others.
– With a valuation of over $1bn and $336m in capital raised to date, Fabric plans to expand its headcount and build a network of microfulfillment centers across major cities in the U.S.

Anuvia Plant Nutrients Raises $103 Million on Strength of New, Proven Carbon-Reduction Technology for Commercial Agriculture

– Anuvia Plant Nutrients announced it has raised $103 million in Series C funding.
– The round was co-led by TPG ART and Pontifax Global Food and Agriculture Technology Fund (Pontifax AgTech), with additional investment from Generate and Piva Capital.
– Anuvia will use the financing to increase the production capacity and expand commercialization of its innovative nutrient delivery technology, as commercial agriculture continues its transformation into more sustainable and profitable practices.
– Anuvia’s SymTRX™ is already in commercial use on U.S. farms, with use expected to increase to reach 20 million acres by 2025.
– As consumers and mainstream retailers are increasingly demanding sustainability across the supply chain, Anuvia’s technology is helping farms be more competitive in the changing landscape.


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