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World War II produced antibiotics, computers and nukes. What COVID may leave behind.

The science and tech mobilization that helped win the war also left behind antibiotics, microwaves, nukes and computers. Now, a new generation of impact-oriented investors, technologists, scientists and entrepreneurs are looking for breakthroughs to face down a global threat on a similar scale.

VanderSat uses satellite data to expand farmer insurance coverage

ImpactAlpha, April 6 – Hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers in East Africa are facing not only COVID, but also the worst locust swarm in decades. Most of their farmland is uninsured; when they lose crops, they lose income. Netherlands-based agtech company VanderSat uses satellite data to analyze farmland conditions using microwaves, rather than images.

Field Intelligence raises $3.6 million for Africa’s pharmaceutical supply chain

ImpactAlpha, March 11 – Africa’s healthcare systems are wrought with inefficiencies. The startup Field Intelligence is addressing the availability of pharmaceuticals with software that helps pharmacies forecast, manage and finance drug orders. The four-year-old company has raised $3.6 million in its first round of outside capital. Leading the round was Blue Haven Initiative, the family