Our FoodTech & AgTech Investments
We invest in top technologists and visionary creators with solutions on a path to exceptionally high impact, rapid scalability and the establishment of new value networks that enable further building towards a brighter future.
Rounds of funding by Germin8
Harvesting Nature’s Intelligence
Brightseed™ applies advanced computational intelligence to map nature’s wealth of bioactive phytonutrients that promote health and wellness. Brightseed’s discovery engine—named Forager™—indexes the vast molecular information of plants so that we can search and incorporate targeted health-beneficial compounds into our diets to solve unmet human needs.
By harvesting nature’s intelligence Brightseed transforms the modern diet from a cause of chronic illness to a source of health.
Jim Flatt, PhD
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & COO
Lee Chae, PhD
Co-Founder & CTO
San Francisco Bay Area
Powering the digital infrastructure for the grain industry
Bushel™ establishes a digital infrastructure, connecting and automating disjointed systems throughout the grain industry, in order to enhance the interactions between growers and grain receiving locations that optimizes efficiency and cash flow. Bushel digitizes manual, error-prone activities related to cash bidding, scale tickets, prepaids, contracts and deliveries, with real-time information and notifications through grain receiver-branded mobile apps.
Infrastructure could be considered the greatest advancement in the grain industry in the last century. Today, Bushel is the revolutionary digital thread driving the grain industry forward in unprecedented and unlimited ways.
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & Chief Product
& Strategy Officer
The Internet of Soil for Data-Driven Farming
CropX Technologies© is the world’s most advanced and scalable platform for data-driven farming with integrated agronomic data from both above and below ground. With CropX, farmers optimize input application, leading to significant water, fertilizer, energy and labor savings. CropX’s models constantly adapt to the crop’s growth stage and to the changing conditions of the soil and weather, to provide crop-specific recommendations that help farmers get the most out of their fields. Moreover, optimizing inputs and monitoring the movement of water and agrichemicals in the soil leads to minimizing environmental pollution and preventing leaching, runoff and unnecessary resource expenditures–making farming sustainable.
Revolutionizing Crop Protection Discovery
Enko Chem combines DNA-encoded libraries, sophisticated AI and agrochemical expertise to revolutionize the discovery and development of small molecule crop protection products. Whereas the majority of crop protection products are outdated, off-patent and ineffective, Enko Chem is reinventing the pipeline for novel chemistry that is vitally important to crop performance, reliable, safe and environmentally-minded.
Enko Chem’s discovery platform gives agrochemistry the next-gen re-boot that it needs, with a cutting-edge arsenal of tools to develop better protection for our crops, maintain the earth they’re planted in, and safely nourish the world. Enko is an ambitious game-changer tackling mission-critical needs for farmers globally, including the emerging markets.
Jacqueline Heard, PhD
Founder & CEO
Providing Remote Visibility into Field Activities
As agriculture’s leading AI-enabled smart farming platform, Fieldin™ transforms farms into data-driven assembly lines, optimizing production, improving yields and providing full visibility for the world’s production of fruits, nuts, vegetables and beyond.
Fieldin’s smart farming platform helps specialty crop growers manage and optimize pesticide applications, harvest activities and other critical field operations and cultural practices. The visibility, control and actionable data offered through Fieldin is unparalleled, unlocking game-changing efficiencies and transparency on-farm and throughout the agribusiness supply chain.
Co-founder & CEO
Co-founder & COO
SF Bay Area
Cultivating Plants to Challenge Status Quo Definitions of “Plant-Based”
Founded and led by Magi Richani, Nobell Foods creates key dairy proteins, including casein, from high-quality soybeans, enabling the brand to make cheeses that taste, smell, melt, stretch, and even age like those made from animals, and challenging the way we talk about, think about, and eat cheese.
Caseins – essential dairy proteins – play a crucial role in giving cheese the qualities we love. Like all proteins, caseins have a unique genetic code. Nobell discovered how to recreate this genetic code in soybean seeds and grow soybean plants that have the same dairy caseins found in animal milks. Today, Nobell can produce more caseins per acre more efficiently, sustainably, and cost effectively than cows, while enabling a prosperous opportunity for its farmer partners.
Nobell is transforming the food system, challenging people’s perceptions of what plant-based cheese can be, and pioneering a new class of satisfying animal-free cheese for the 99% unwilling to compromise on taste, cost, melting and stretching.
Founder & CEO
SF Bay Area
Rethinking Kids Drinks for Good, Clean, Unbottled™ Fun
Creating a new category for kids’ beverages which did not previously exist. As consumers increasingly seek out healthier foods and beverages and want them in sustainable, on-the-go packages, they also want the same for their kids. Rethink Brands© is leading innovation in healthy, hydrating and naturally flavorful on-the-go beverages, designed for children.
Founder & CEO