March 25, 2016

‘Good Food’ movement grows up, gets paid

Imagine standing on a stage in front of hundreds of strangers. You need their money to help finance your dream business. You have seven minutes to make the pitch. You'd be nervous, right?
February 17, 2016

The startup growing 30 times more produce per acre on New York, Chicago rooftops

Gotham Greens is hard to miss, given that it’s in a large, glowing greenhouse on top of a Whole Foods store in Brooklyn. The agriculture-tech startup produces climate-controlled produce for nearby restaurants and stores in New York and now Chicago.
November 14, 2015

What Entrepreneurs Get Wrong About Funding

There are plenty of places outside of the Valley with access to funding, incubators, and expertise—Chicago, Boston, New York, and Austin, among others. But before opting for any of these locales, entrepreneurs should start with a far more relevant and fundamental question: Where’s my customer?
November 4, 2015

The big money of changing food and agriculture tech

Venture capitalists put more money into the food and agriculture industries year after year, hoping to get in early with the companies that could transform the way the world eats.
October 26, 2015

S2G Ventures eyes more investment in healthy, sustainable food

Seed 2 Growth Ventures, the fund backing companies including Beyond Meat and Shenandoah Growers, is looking for more investments in food and agriculture businesses focusing on health and sustainability.
October 21, 2015

New food/agriculture venture fund S2G Ventures launches with $125 mln

Seed 2 Growth Ventures, a food and agriculture venture fund, has launched with $125 million in funding. The fund will focus on “healthy, sustainable and local food.”
October 21, 2015

With $125M, Chuck Templeton’s S2G Ventures Looks to Fund Healthy Food Businesses

A new VC fund led by OpenTable founder Chuck Templeton and other veteran investors just launched to back innovative food and agriculture businesses, and says it's the largest food/agriculture fund in the US.
October 20, 2015

The Daily Startup: Gritstone Oncology Launches With $102M for Cancer Vaccines

Gritstone Oncology Inc. has launched with $102 million and betting that its vaccines will improve the ability of certain immuno-oncology drugs to treat lung cancer. Versant Ventures, which backed Clovis and Pharmion, is leading this Series A round with Column Group.
October 20, 2015

New Food and Agriculture Fund S2G Ventures Launches With $125 Million

Investors are placing increasing bets on two traditional industries confronted by changing consumer tastes: food and beverage businesses and agriculture. One significant new contributor to that trend is S2G Ventures in Chicago.