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2015 SXSWi Food+Health+Ag Panel Proposal Roundup
We've curated a list of all the food, health and ag panel proposals for SXSWi 2015. From insect eating to designing for food deserts, check all 49 of them out and vote for your favorites by Sept. 5th. 

From a Beekeeper Hub to a Money-Saving Recipe App: 4 Rad Food Crowdfunding Projects
Crowdfunding is a great way for innovative food projects to get funded and raise awareness. So we're compiling a monthly roundup of exciting campaigns.

5 Insights on the Future of E-Commerce
AgLocal founder Nait Jones believes the global e-commerce opportunity is huge and encourages those tackling it to consider these insights and raise capital from like-minded investors.

$3.9B Pumped into Food Tech & $401M into AgTech in 2014 + More
From Square's $90m acquisition of food delivery startup Caviar to 10 food apps for socially conscious eaters, here are last weeks top food tech stories.

Startup Resources

These Two Problems May Delay Gratification For Instant Gratification Economy Startups - Forbes
Two important roadblocks that may cause problems for instant delivery food startups: 1. their cost structures and 2. their dependence on asset-based establishments. 

'We're the Uber of X!' - Entrepreneur 
Countless startups have been described/describe themselves as the Uber of something, from medical marijuana to lawn care. 

The Future Of Food, Mapped Out For The Next 10 Years - FastCo.Exist
One meal in San Francisco provides a glimpse at the future of food--and it sure looks fancy.


Meet the Buzzy Startups Baking Cricket Cookies and Other Insect Munchies - Upstart
Megan Miller, inspired by her travels to Southeast Asia to start selling crickets ground up into flour, is just one entrepreneur with an eye on bringing bugs into the culinary mainstream.


Meal-Kit Startup Plated Raises $15M to Make Home Chefs of Us All - Wall Street Journal
Greycroft Partners led the investment, joined by Formation 8, ff Venture Capital and Lerer Ventures. Plated will use the funds to to grow its delivery operation in the U.S

UK Coffee Subscription Service Pact Coffee Raises £2M Series A - TechCrunch
The round was led by MMC Ventures and previous investor Connect Ventures also participated. The startup will use the funds toaccelerate growth and grow its UK team. 

With Amazon Wallet, the Company Gets to See What you Still Buy in the Real World - TechHive
The beta app in the Google Play Store and Amazon’s Appstore acts like Passbook on the iPhone, keeping all yoru giftcards in one place. 

Amazon Launches Local Register, A Square Competitor With Lower Transaction Rates - TechCrunch
Amazon is clearly hoping it can lure real-world sellers away from the established competition with more attractive rates.

Time Inc. Partners With Meal-Kit Startup Plated's Recipes Created by Real Simple, Cooking Light - AdWeek
Meal kits for 20 of the recipes are available now on Plated and will be delivered to consumers around the country next month.


Rocket Internet’s FoodPanda Grabs $60M In New Funding - TechCrunch
The funding cam from new investor Falcon Edge Capital as well as Rocket Internet AG. The money will be put towards expansion into emerging markets.

OpenTable Expands its In-app Mobile Payments to New York, Promises 20 more Cities Before end of 2014 - TheNextWeb
The service expanded to NYC last week, after a beta trial in SF. The company plans to introduce mobile payments in 20 additional cities before the end of the year.

Robo-cook: Android Restaurant Boots Up in China - Yahoo
It's more teatime than Terminator - on resetaurant is electrifying customers by using more than 12 robots to cook and deliver food.

Mobile-Payments Firms Order Up New Strategy: Restaurants - Wall Street Journal
Shoppers in stores have so far shown little interest in smartphone payment apps, so some tech companies are focusing on restaurants.

Survey: Younger Diners Embrace Tabletop Ordering - Nation's Restaurant News
41% of 18- to 24-year-olds were interested in tabletop tech in casual restaurants, and percentages dropped as ages increased. 


Nutrinsic Corporation, Upcycling Waste Water for Animal Feed, Raises $12.7 - AgFunder News
The round was led by Artiman Venturesto, and the startup will use the funds to further its production of ProFloc, a single cell protein meal for animal feed. 

Agworld, a Digital Communication Platform for Farmers, Snags AU$6 Million - AgFunder News
The round was lead by Reed Elsevier Ventures, with Yuuwa Capital contributing. Agworld will use the investment to expand into North America and to improve its farm management service.

Study: Organic Food Contains up to 60 Percent More Antioxidants - EpochTimes
Organic food really is better for you, revealed the largest review of published data on organic food ever conducted.

Growing food in places where it should be impossible - Daily Meal
Scientists are looking at a future where food can be grown anywhere. Who needs land, water and sun when a combination of luck, technology, and necessity can produce food?

Startups Take a Shine to Urban Agriculture; Can They Reward Investors? - Xconomy
Can tech startups make urban ag take root and scale beyond its tiny base? A number of them, like Boston-based Freight Farms, are trying.


Internet of Things: it's All Coming Together for a Tech Revolution - TheGuardian
Imagine if your kitchen scales could advise you about nutrition or if your lavatory could tell you to see a doctor. The Internet of Things is making these ideas possible, but at what price?


How Skipping the Mayo on Your Next Sandwich Can Help Millions of Hungry Americans - Take Part
FoodTweeks aims to tackle obesity and hunger at once—by donating the calories one person skips to another in need.

Quinciple Launches Online Magazine Sift - Quinciple
The meal-kit-meets-CSA startup will be casting a wider net with more recipes, interviews with people the team admires and tips for throwing the perfect dinner party.

This New App Lets You Know About the Politics Behind the Food You Buy - IntheCapital
The app lets you scan the bar codes and then gives you a breakdown of the political parties the maker of the product supports.

Farm-to-table-to-phone: App Helps D.C., Md., Va. Choose Restaurants that Source Locally - WTOP
The app catalogues 600 restaurants, cafes and grocery stores that are local-focused. Users can search the app based on different criteria. 


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