– Better Origin, a startup that converts waste food into essential nutrients using insects fed to chickens inside a standard shipping container, raised $3m funding.
– The round was led by Fly Ventures and solar entrepreneur Nick Boyle, while previous investor Metavallon VC is also participating.
– Its competitors include Protix, Agriprotein, InnovaFeed, Enterra and Entocycle.
– The company’s product is an “autonomous insect mini-farm”.
– It is dropped on site. A farmer adds food waste — gathered from nearby factories or from the farm — into a hopper to feed the larvae of black soldier flies.
– Two weeks later, the insects are fed directly to the chickens as an alternative to the soy feed they normally get.
Unicorn Nest news
– Anuvia Plant Nutrients has raised $103m to commercialize its novel fertilizer technology.
– The company is now ready to roll out its tech, which is already used on roughly 1,200 farms and is projected to be on 20 million acres of farmland by 2025.
– The Winter Garden, Florida-based company has a 1.2 million-ton facility for production, but the company wants to build out additional capacity and continue developing new fertilizers to take to market.
– Farmers using the product see increased yields of around five times their previous production levels and the product can be used on all the main row crops.
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.
Unicorn Nest news
– Vestaron, a company dedicated to improving the safety, efficacy and sustainability of crop protection through its development of peptide-based biopesticides, announces $18 million in Series B-1 financing, led by Northpond Ventures.
– Northpond and additional new investor, Cavallo Ventures, the venture arm of Wilbur-Ellis, join continuing investors Novo Holdings, Syngenta Ventures, CGC Ventures and Anterra Capital in this round. Adam Wieschhaus, Director at Northpond Ventures, will join the Vestaron Board of Directors.