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S2G Ventures closes $100 million for sustainable oceans fund

ImpactAlpha, August 13 – Venture capital firm S2G Ventures invests in sustainable agrifood technology. It’s now expanding into ocean health and sustainable seafood. Oceans provide a critical food source for billions of people and are crucial link in tackling climate change. S2G’s Oceans and Seafood fund will back early- and growth-stage startups developing science and

AgFunder launches impact fund for agrifood tech startups

ImpactAlpha, August 11 – San Francisco-based venture capital firm AgFunder launched its GROW accelerator in Singapore last year to support Asia’s agrifood tech ecosystem. It’s now adding an impact fund to support seed and Series A ventures, including companies from GROW’s first cohort.  The fund is targeting $20 to $30 million to make investments of

Visa and Alphabet issue more than $6 billion in green bonds

ImpactAlpha, August 11 – The proceeds from Visa’s $500 million green bond issuance are slated for investments in green buildings, renewable energy, water and wastewater management and sustainable living initiatives. Google parent Alphabet claims its $5.8 billion sustainability bond is the largest-ever issuance by a company. Sustainable bonds “are an emerging asset class,” said Google CFO

AppHarvest closes $28 million for its high-tech rural farms

ImpactAlpha, August 28 – Indoor farming venture AppHarvest is building a 2.8 million-square-foot greenhouse in Morehead, Ky. to bring technology to sustainable agricultural production and jobs to an area with high unemployment and low incomes. Hedge fund manager Jeff Ubben, who backed AppHarvest while at ValueAct Capital Management, re-upped with his new firm, Inclusive Capital

EIT Food invests €5.5 million in COVID relief for European food startups

ImpactAlpha, August 10 – EIT Food makes early investments in European companies advancing a sustainable food system. The initiative of the European Institute for Innovation Technology committed bridge funding to help 13 startups weather COVID disruptions and continue research and development.  The companies include Poland’s plant-based protein startup NapiFeryn, which will use the funding to