Apeel Sciences is a California-based company that’s fighting the $2.6 trillion-dollar global food waste crisis by utilizing advances in materials science to prevent waste in the first place. The company's plant-derived solution for fresh food providers doubles the lifespan of harvested fruits and vegetables even without refrigeration. It develops low-cost, natural technologies to help to eliminate food spoilage, reduce water and energy use, and preserve natural ecosystems. Apeel's private investors and philanthropic partners include Andreessen Horowitz, Viking Global Investors, Upfront Ventures, S2G Ventures, Powerplant Ventures, DBL Partners, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation. Apeel Sciences was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Santa Barbara, California.
AppHarvest is an ag-tech company that specializes in the fields of agriculture, farming, and technology. The company is currently combining conventional agriculture techniques with today’s technology to grow non-GMO, chemical-free produce. AppHarvest was founded in 2017 and headquartered in Morehead, Kentucky.
Arable is a developer of an integrated system for agriculture that helps digitize and optimize decisions from seed breeding to food production. The platform measures everything that matters to the crop, from the weather to the soil, to the plant itself by the use of a unique set of spectral and thermal sensors. This enables Arable to observe a crop’s development through the season and determine the onset of stress due to a lack of water or nutrients. Its integrated hardware, agronomic modeling, and software suite is enabling farmers, agronomists, researchers, processors, and food companies to understand the crop system at the plant, field, and region level, which helps to reduce risk, improve productivity, and optimize for sustainability. Arable received recognition, including the Irrigation Association’s Best New Product of 2018, Plug & Play’s Top 10 Ag Tech Companies to Watch in 2019, and THRIVE’s Top 50 Companies for 2020 awards.
Back to the Roots offers gardening kits to grow organic and gourmet mushrooms at homes. Founded in 2009 by Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora as a 100% sustainable urban mushroom farm, BTTR has transformed into a company focused on bringing sustainable grow-at-home products into households. Their Grow-at-Home Mushroom Garden is completely indoors and can grow up to 1lb of oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days. They provide a simple, eco-friendly, and quick way to have fresh oyster mushrooms right in the kitchen.
Believer Meats, formerly known as Future Meat Technologies, is a cultivated meat company excited to scale to feed the world. Driven by a mission to ensure that all future generations can enjoy real and delicious meat, Believer’s technology and process will make meat accessible and affordable to all.
Benson Hill is a crop improvement company that unlocks the natural diversity of plants and empowers innovators with a revolutionary crop design platform to develop healthier and more sustainable food and ingredients. Benson Hill empowers innovators to develop more healthy, flavorful, and sustainable food by unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants. Benson Hill’s CropOS platform combines machine learning and big data with breeding techniques and plant biology to drastically accelerate and simplify the product development process.
The energy transition is accelerating, broadening, and deepening. But bottlenecks remain. High-quality development projects, advanced by management teams with the experience and capital necessary to deliver investable infrastructure at scale remain a scarce resource in many global markets. Bluestar Energy Capital is focused on addressing this scarcity. Through a combination of establishing our own regional development platforms as well as controlling investments in existing platforms, our mission is to be one of the largest investors of project development capital globally. Owned by a management team with an extensive global track record in wind, solar, and storage, we bring both institutional scale and an owner’s attention to detail to managing project and market risk. We are patient, creative, and invest at the scale needed to drive the energy transition. BEC is headquartered in Chicago, IL with offices in Austin, TX and Dublin, Ireland. The company was founded in 2022 by Declan Flanagan, who remains the controlling shareholder.
Brightseed is a biotechnology company that features artificial intelligence that reveals powerful compounds hidden in nature. The company enables a healthier future by illuminating and activating the connections between people and plants. It was founded in 2017 and headquartered in San Francisco, California.
Brilliant Planet is unlocking the power of algae as an affordable method of permanently and quantifiably sequestering carbon at the gigaton scale. The company's innovative process enables vast quantities of microalgae to grow in open-air pond-based systems on coastal desert land.