Seed 2 Growth Ventures Launches $125M Agriculture Venture Capital Fund

S2G_LOGOA new $125m food and agriculture venture fund has launched in Chicago.

Seed 2 Growth Ventures, or S2G Ventures, aims to catalyze innovation to meet consumer demands for healthy, sustainable and local food.

Led by Victor Friedberg, co-founder and managing director, Chuck Templeton, founder and former CEO of OpenTable, and Sanjeev Krishnan, a career investor focused on venture and growth companies, S2G Ventures focused on such key areas of interest as:
– Soil health and sustainable land management
– Organic, non-GMO and other “identity” produce and commodities
– Controlled-environment growing platforms and brands
– Real, nutritious and functional ingredients
– Healthy consumer packaged goods
– Food logistics, including storage, distribution and transportation
– Healthy food retail and restaurant formats, and
– IT platforms that increase access to healthy, sustainable and local food

The fund has already invested in:
Mercaris: An online marketplace and data subscription service for stakeholders in organic, non-GMO and other identity-preserved commodities
ShopWell: a digital platform for personalized food recommendations that improve nutrition
MycoTechnology: a developer of a food-processing platform that improves functionality of stevia, coffee, grains and cacao reducing the need for masking agents such as sugar
Maple Hill Creamery: a maker of yogurt and other dairy products made exclusively from certified 100% grass-fed organic milk
Beyond Meat: a plant protein with the taste and texture of meat
Sweetgreen: a destination for seasonal, healthy food
Midwestern BioAg: farming through soils
Shenandoah Growers: a brand for live and fresh cut herbs.

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