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Ag + AgTech Funding, M&A & Partnerships: July 2014
We're excited to announce our partnership with AgFunder to launch a monthly AgTech Funding Roundup. July saw $2.4b in ag and agtech funding, 4 new funds launched worth a total of $198m, and several grants were announced worth $10.2b combined.

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.

This Ordering App Wants to Reduce Food Waste at a QSR Near You [Video]
Check out our Google+ Hangout with the team behind the ordering app and rewards program that empowers consumers to "right size" their portions.

5 Insights on the Future of E-Commerce, SXSW Food+Health+Ag Panel Proposals + More
From Plated's $15m fundraise, to an agtech startup that's upcycling waste water for animal feed raising $12.7m, these are last week’s top food tech news stories.

Startup Resources

Delivery Start-Ups Are Back Like It’s 1999 - The New York Times
Investors wonder if this is 2000 all over again, or if the new breed of delivery startups can succeed where the last crop so famously failed.

New Incubator to Help Ag-related Tech Startups - Argus Leader
In a few weeks, a $2m tech center designed to help take university research to the commercial market will open its doors in Brookings.

Sir Richard Branson on Hunt to find Britain’s “Best” New Food Businesses - Startups
Chance for eight food startups to take part in pitching event and ‘taste off’ as part of Virgin Startup Foodpreneur Fest 2014

Rethinking Eating - The New York TImes
Having radically changed how we communicate, do research, etc., Silicon Valley now aims to transform the way we eat.


Compass Group Taps Hampton Creek for ‘Sustainable’ Cookies - Wall Street Journal
Hampton Creek is supplying its line of egg-free cookies to Compass Group business lines including Bon Appetit Management Co., Wolfgang Puck, Morrison and more.

Nestlé Moves Toward Humane Treatment of Animals at Its Suppliers - The New York Times
The move is one of the broadest-reaching commitments to improving the quality of life for animals in the food system. 


The Fresh Diet Sold to Innovative Food Holdings - Miami Herald
The company was purchased via 10 million shares of Innovation Food’s common stock. 

Kroger Seeks to Compete in the Online Grocery Market - South Florida Business Journal
The retailer completed the purchase of all shares of Vitacost.com for $280m, brining the retailer a step closer into online grocery retail. 

Food Charities Can Now Be More Like Food Companies With Just-In-Time Food Waste Logistics - FastCo.Exist
With a live crowdsourced map of food getting wasted, Food Cowboy is helping charities get there before it's too late.


OrderUp Raises $7M To Build Its Food Delivery Network For Non-Urbanites - TechCrunch
The round was sed by Steve Cases’s Revolution Ventures and Tim O’Shaughnessy, the co-founder of LivingSocial. The startup will use the funds to expand significantly.

Location-based food ordering startup TinyOwl raises $3M funding from Sequoia, Nexus - VCCircle
The round came from Sequoia Capital and Nexus Venture Partners, and it is not immediately clear how TinyOwl is planning to use the funds.

Foodmento Is The Foursquare Of Specific Dishes, Not Restaurants - TechCrunch
The app allows you to save and rank your favorite dishes and share that info with your friends. It launched out of beta last week with 15,000 dishes from 3,500 eateries in over 40 cities. 

Feeding Entrepreneurship: Hearty Advice From Joe Bastianich And Tim Love Of "Restaurant Startup" - FastCo.Create
The duo talk to Co.Create about their CNBC reality competition show Restaurant Startup and offer advice on how to open a viable eatery.


FarmLink Raises $40 Million Series B - AgFunder
The round was led by OpenAir Equity Partners.

New Video: Funding Female Farmers for a Less Hungry World - Food Tank
Across the planet, women and girl farmers play a big role in changing the food system and creating a well-nourished world.

Genetically Modified Fruit Flies May Stop Crop Destruction - AgFunder
Scientists say they have genetically engineered male flies to only produce male offspring, which could be used to suppress fruit flies. 

Specialty Food And Agriculture Startups Are Ripening In Greece - Whyoming Public Media
The number of startups in Greece has gone up ninefold since 2010, and many more sustainable jobs could come in specialty agriculture.


Smart Cup Maker Raises $3 Mll from Felicis, Horizons - Reuters
The connected device tracks the nutrients you drink, and this round allows its maker to continue building its team.

Philosys receives FDA clearance for iPhone-connected glucometer - mobihealthnews
Users launch the device’s connected app, plug in their Gmate glucometer, insert a test strip into it, add a blood sample and view results on the app.

A Craving for Fitness Led to This Food Startup - Upstart
This healthy food startup delivers on fitness goals and is ordered over the Internet.

Microsoft, TracFone give smartphones to 100 Medicaid beneficiaries with diabetes - mobihealthnews
The phones will have enterprise-level security features, allowing patients to communicate with their doctors via email and messaging while staying HIPAA compliant.


Sous-vide Startup Wants to Take the Tech Industry’s Kitchen Darling Mainstream - arstechnica
Nomiku recently launched a Kickstarter for their second sous-vide machine, which was funded in under 12 hours.

This App Tells You When Your Groceries Are Expiring - FoodBeast
It keeps track of your perishable foods, so you’ll have an idea of when they’ll go bad. 


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