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Fixing a Broken Food System

Our food system is failing—operating on a linear path within planetary boundaries, constraining producer economics, disconnected from consumer trust and relevance, enabling chronically unhealthy western diets while leaving many people around the world undernourished. Yet food is the single strongest lever to optimize environmental sustainability, human health and life on earth. Germin8 Ventures is a leading FoodTech & AgTech venture capital firm, partnering with the most courageous and brilliant founders actively driving a 21st century food system upgrade.

Featured Founder Stories

Brightseed

Jim Flatt, Sofia Elizondo, and Lee Chae are an accomplished, multidisciplinary team with the shared belief that human health will benefit from dramatic leaps in knowledge about the natural world. They founded Brightseed™  to leverage the vast capabilities of computational intelligence and unlock the mysteries of 99.9% of unresearched small molecules in the plant kingdom. These small molecules, or phytonutrients, have the power to transform today’s foods and beverages into proven sources of health.

“Brightseed was born from the belief that we need a natural and proactive approach to health, and that the hidden nutrients of plants that we can incorporate into our diets are the first place we should look.”

“The concept of food as medicine isn’t new, but it’s largely anecdotal and under-delivers. At Brightseed, we can actually translate food into medicine and are working to not only turn the healthcare paradigm on its head—to full-on prevention through what we eat—but also reinvigorate the entire supply chain.”

“Germin8 has been an unwavering partner to Brightseed from the early days in our journey. Working hand-in-hand and contributing to customer introductions, investor introductions, research needs and strategic discussions, it has been invaluable to have them as part of our team.”

Bushel

Bushel® co-founders, Jake Joranstaad and Ryan Raguse, are technologists with roots in agriculture, are in-touch with system needs, are authentic community-builders and they have a clear vision to be the digital thread that connects and enhances business operations across the agriculture value chain.

“Bushel has taken on the worthy challenge of connecting disjointed systems in the grain industry so that we can provide better business intelligence to farmers and agribusinesses. A unique combination of generation-spanning agricultural knowledge and deep technology expertise throughout our organization has helped Bushel bring industry-changing software to agriculture.”

“The Germin8 team is a trusted Bushel partner. Their guidance and access to resources allow us to move quickly and make things happen within the agtech industry. Germin8 opens doors, provides guidance and challenges us to do more than what we thought was possible. Most importantly, their hands-on, positive approach aligns with Bushel’s cultural values and helps us accelerate our digital offerings to the global agriculture value chain.” 

Bushel

Bushel® co-founders, Jake Joranstaad and Ryan Raguse, are technologists with roots in agriculture, are in-touch with system needs, are authentic community-builders and they have a clear vision to be the digital thread that connects and enhances business operations across the agriculture value chain.

“Bushel has taken on the worthy challenge of connecting disjointed systems in the grain industry so that we can provide better business intelligence to farmers and agribusinesses. A unique combination of generation-spanning agricultural knowledge and deep technology expertise throughout our organization has helped Bushel bring industry-changing software to agriculture.”

“The Germin8 team is a trusted Bushel partner. Their guidance and access to resources allow us to move quickly and make things happen within the agtech industry. Germin8 opens doors, provides guidance and challenges us to do more than what we thought was possible. Most importantly, their hands-on, positive approach aligns with Bushel’s cultural values and helps us accelerate our digital offerings to the global agriculture value chain.” 

Fieldin

Boaz Bachar and Iftach Birger founded Fieldin™ with a motivation to make the lives and operations of large-scale growers easier, uncover efficiencies in real-time and scale operations, all while providing immediate return on their investment.

“Our vision is to transform the farm and extended supply chain into data-driven assembly lines that drive unparalleled visibility, control and bottom-line profit that is truly felt. We are building Fieldin in as the operating system for the fruits, nuts and vegetables supply chain.”

“Germin8 has always been there for us, whether it was with helping to connect with key partners, stakeholders and potential clients, or providing advice on strategy and business decisions. Being able to leverage their range of practical business and sector knowledge is invaluable. Michael has been amazing to work with then and now, helping us secure new funding and giving us the insight we need to grow. Michael and his team are hands-on and always willing to help anyone on our team!”

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