CropIn raises US$20 Million in Series C funding round led by ABC World Asia to advance the reach of its farm management and predictive analytics solutions
CropIn, a leading global artificial intelligence and data-led agri-tech organization empowering stakeholders to reimagine agriculture with data, has raised US$20 million in a Series C funding round led by ABC World Asia, an Asia-focused private equity fund dedicated to evidence-based impact investing.
Existing investors Chiratae Ventures, Invested Development and Ankur Capital also participated in this funding round. Other new investors in this round include CDC Group and Kris Gopalakrishnan’s family office Pratithi Investment Trust.
CropIn will use this capital infusion to focus on its global expansion, while continuing to innovate on its machine learning-basedpredictive analytics platform,SmartRisk to further strengthen its artificial intelligence capabilities. CropIn is also investing to penetrate deeper in its target markets globally. Recently, CropIn opened an Amsterdam office, and will be hiring local leaders to drive growth in the European market.
CropIn’s data-driven farming solutions enable agri-enterprises and growers to ‘maximize per-acre value’. Its farm data and agronomy managementplatform, SmartFarm, empowers stakeholders to improve efficiency, productivity, predictability, and sustainability of their crop value-chains. SmartFarm enables agri-enterprises to adhere to food safety standards thereby ensuring farm-to-fork traceability. The platform helps growers adopt sustainable farming practices to build long term economic viability and resiliency for local farming communities. CropIn has partnered with several global players in agriculture, including development finance institutions and government entities in 52 countries, to drive their digital and sustainability goals.
CropIn’s SmartRisk platform improves underwriting and risk assessment, enabling banks, insurance providers and other financial institutions to make informed underwriting decisions, identify new markets and expand product portfolios to service high-volume low-ticket opportunities. By analyzing and interpreting farm-centric data for over 388 crops with nearly 9,500 variants across trillions of data points that grow every day, SmartRisk helps achieve high prediction accuracy at a plot-level. It does this by combining computer vision with deep-learning algorithms, on multispectral imagery derived from aerial scouting (satellites and drones), field scouting data, and hyperlocal weather.
The SmartRisk AI has processed more than 160 million hectares of land area, and has the potential to impact 70 million farmers globally in the next 3-5 years. Thus far, CropIn has positively impacted 13 million acres and 4 million farmers through the SmartFarm and SmartRisk platforms. Smallholder farmers associated with CropIn’s clientele also observed their crop yields increasing by nearly 25% in the first year and subsequently experienced optimised yield improvements in the following years, by integrating the recommended advanced agricultural techniques and quality inputs into their farming practices through CropIn’s agri-tech platforms.
“The robust, predictive power of digitalisation offers tremendous potential for the agriculture industry to leapfrog its many challenges in the coming years. The industry is capturing more data than ever, on everything from agronomy, weather and logistics to market price volatility, which has helped reduce acute data gaps throughout the value chain. In order to improve yields, optimise production and improve resilience and sustainability, agri-businesses are increasingly relying on innovative agri-tech solutions like artificial intelligence, data analytics, and the internet of things. We, at CropIn, are excited to advance the ‘AI-Culture’ for Agriculture,” says Krishna Kumar, Founder and CEO of CropIn.
Based in Singapore, ABC World Asia invests in companies that demonstrate commitment to generating positive and measurable social or environmental impact, alongside the ability to deliver compelling risk-adjusted returns.
“Sustainable food and agriculture is a core investment theme for ABC World Asia. The agriculture industry is an important pillar of the global economy, in particular driving Asia’s growth and feeding the region’s rapidly increasing population. The industry now faces challenges more pronounced than before, with the COVID-19 global pandemic highlighting the vulnerability of global food supplies and impacting the livelihoods of many smallholder farmers. CropIn’s digital solutions will enable farmers to utilize real-time data for better decision-making and improved farm productivity. This investment underscores our support of such smart and sustainable agri-tech solutions that can build resilience in agriculture,” said David Heng, Founder and CEO of ABC World Asia. Ms Sugandhi Matta, Managing Director of ABC World Asia, will also join CropIn as a board member.
Existing investors of CropIn include BeeNext and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Strategic Investment Fund (London and Seattle). Over the last year, CropIn has established an advisory board comprising Barrett Mooney (Chairman of Board at AgEagle), Ranveer Chandra (Chief Scientist at Microsoft), TVG Krishnamurthy (Member of the Board of Directors at Ola), and Dr Iya Khalil (Global Head of the AI Innovation Center at Novartis).
According to Karan Mohla, Partner, Chiratae Ventures India Advisors, “As active investors in the agri-tech space as well as in companies pioneering deep-tech and AI, we are truly excited about the innovative models that CropIn is building out in farm management and predictive analytics. In creating and building out a platform for multiple participants in the agriculture ecosystem, CropIn has established itself as a true global leader. With the leadership of Krishna and co-founder Kunal Prasad, they have built out a tremendous world-class team and advisory board and are on the precipice of achieving massive scale as a global company.”
Ambit Corporate Finance acted as the financial advisor to CropIn for this funding round. With this new round of investment, CropIn has raised a total funding of US$33.1 million to date.
CropIn is a leading global AI-driven agtech organization that provides SaaS and data solutions to ag-enterprises globally. CropIn enables businesses in the agriculture ecosystem to adopt a data-driven approach through its ground-to-cloud technology solutions.
CropIn’s unique suite of platforms - SmartFarm and SmartRisk - enable various stakeholders to adopt and drive digital strategy across their crop value-chains and operations. The company empowers the ag-enterprises with data insights that help drive initiatives around Digitization, Predictability, Traceability, Financial Inclusion, Climate Smart Agriculture and Sustainability.
Please visit www.cropin.com for more information.
About ABC World Asia
Headquartered in Singapore, ABC World Asia is a private equity fund dedicated to impact investing. Impact investing encompasses the intention to generate positive, measurable social or environmental impact, alongside a compelling risk-adjusted return.
ABC World Asia was established by Temasek Trust, the philanthropic arm of Singapore headquartered investment company, Temasek. The fund’s investment strategy aligns with Temasek’s ABC Framework for an Active Economy, a Beautiful Society and a Clean Earth, building on the ideals of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
ABC World Asia will focus on themes including – financial and digital inclusion; better health and education; climate and water solutions; sustainable food and agriculture; and smart and liveable cities.
For more information, please visit www.abcworld.com.sg
About Business Wire
Subscribe to releases from Business Wire
Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Latest releases from Business Wire
EIG Signs $12.4 Billion Infrastructure Deal with Aramco9.4.2021 22:30:00 CEST | Press release
EIG, a leading institutional investor to the global energy sector and one of the world’s leading infrastructure investors, today announced that it has entered into a lease and lease-back agreement with Saudi Arabian Oil Co. ("Aramco"), under which a consortium of investors led by EIG will acquire a 49% equity stake in Aramco Oil Pipelines Company (“Aramco Oil Pipelines”), a newly formed entity with rights to 25-years of tariff payments for oil transported through Aramco’s stabilized crude oil pipeline network. The transaction is valued at approximately $12.4 billion with Aramco holding the remaining 51% stake in the new entity, indicating a total equity value of Aramco Oil Pipelines of approximately $25.3 billion. The pipeline network, which includes all of Aramco’s existing and future stabilized crude pipelines in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, connects oilfields to downstream networks. The pipeline network transports 100% of Aramco’s crude oil produced in the Kingdom under its Concessi
Atos, Dassault Systèmes, Groupe Renault, STMicroelectronics and Thales Join Forces to Create the ‘Software République’: a New Open Ecosystem for Intelligent and Sustainable Mobility9.4.2021 14:45:00 CEST | Press release
Elie Girard, Bernard Charlès, Luca de Meo, Jean-Marc Chery and Patrice Caine, respectively the chief executives of Atos, Dassault Systèmes, Groupe Renault, STMicroelectronics and Thales today announced their intention to join forces to create the Software République, a new ecosystem for innovation in intelligent mobility. By pooling their complementary expertise, the partners plan to develop and market together systems and software to provide an enriched and sustainable mobility offer for cities, regions, businesses and citizens. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210409005248/en/ Photo: SOFTWARE RÉPUBLIQUE Artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, connectivity, embedded electronics, and virtual twin technology will contribute to the excellence of these new products and services. This open innovation ecosystem, founded by five leaders in the automotive and technology fields, will welcome new members and develop ope
BIAL Launches New Support Platform to Inspire People With Parkinson’s Disease to Stay Active9.4.2021 14:31:00 CEST | Press release
NOT FOR UK MEDIA DISTRIBUTION BIAL has developed a new resource centre on its Keep It ON website for World Parkinson’s Day 2021 to empower people living with Parkinson’s disease to stay healthy and active and to help them manage their condition. Working in partnership with the European Parkinson's Disease Association (EPDA) as well as experts in nutrition, voice and cognition, BIAL plans to create a wealth of resources covering four key areas: Nutrition: Nutritionist Diana Miranda explains in her videos the importance of keeping hydrated and gives tips on managing common symptoms in Parkinson’s disease such as constipation. The page also features videos from chef Fábio Bernardino discussing recommended recipes for people with the condition. Exercise: Videos of physiotherapist Josefa Domingos from the EPDA demonstrate challenging and engaging exercises for people with Parkinson’s disease to do at home. Voice: Voice exercises by Speech Therapist Rita Cardoso are included to help improve
Comment by the Chair of Toshiba’s Board on the Acquisition Proposal9.4.2021 08:49:00 CEST | Press release
Osamu Nagayama, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) has commented on the acquisition proposal from CVC Capital Partners as below. As announced in the public statement dated April 7th, Toshiba has received a preliminary and non-legally binding initial proposal from CVC Capital Partners (CVC) regarding the acquisition of Toshiba and to get the same privatized. This initial proposal by CVC was completely unsolicited and not initiated by Toshiba by all means. The proposal does not go through detailed review of Toshiba business. Further, CVC’s initial proposal is conditional on a variety of matters such as clearances of the Anti-trust registrations of the relevant jurisdictions, the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act of Japan and necessary financing. Furthermore, the proposed transaction is not contemplated to be financed by CVC alone; rather, it is indicated in CVC’s proposal that it would seek financing assistance from certain co-investors and fin
Exscientia Announces First AI-Designed Immuno-Oncology Drug to Enter Clinical Trials9.4.2021 07:30:00 CEST | Press release
Exscientia, a leading artificial intelligence (AI)-driven pharmatech company, today announced the first AI-designed molecule for immuno-oncology to enter human clinical trials. The A2a receptor antagonist, which is in development for adult patients with advanced solid tumours, was co-invented and developed through a Joint Venture between Exscientia and Evotec, including application of Exscientia’s next generation 3-D evolutionary AI-design platform as part of Centaur Chemist®. The drug candidate has potential for best-in-class characteristics, with high selectivity for the target receptor, bringing together potential benefits of reduced systemic sides effects as well as minimal brain exposure to avoid undesired psychological side effects. Preclinical data related to this project will be presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting to be held 9-14 April, 2021. With this announcement, the company’s AI technologies and drug-hunting expertise are now resp
Northern Data sells Texas data center operations to Riot Blockchain Inc. for approximately EUR 550 million - operational EBITDA guidance for fiscal year 2021 remains unchanged8.4.2021 15:16:00 CEST | Press release
Northern Data AG (XETRA: NB2, ISIN: DE000A0SMU87), a leading developer and operator of High-Performance-Computing ("HPC") infrastructure solutions, sells its U.S. subsidiary Whinstone Inc., which operates a high-performance data center facility based in Rockdale, Texas, to Riot Blockchain Inc. (NASDAQ: "RIOT"), one of the largest U.S. based publicly-traded bitcoin miners in North America. The consideration in the transaction consists of EUR 67 million in cash component (cash and debt-free) and 11.8 million shares of common stock of Riot Blockchain Inc., which, based on the Riot Blockchain Inc. last closing share price (record date April 7, 2021: USD 48.37), corresponds to a total value of EUR 481 million. Consequently, the total volume of the transaction amounts to approximately EUR 548 million. Upon closing of the transaction, Northern Data AG will own approximately 12% of the total outstanding common stock of Riot Blockchain Inc. Northern Data AG pursues a multi-site strategy with st
Skyhook to Provide Enhanced Location Services for Microsoft Products and Services8.4.2021 15:00:00 CEST | Press release
Skyhook announces that it has entered into a strategic collaboration agreement with Microsoft. Under the agreement, Skyhook’s Precision Location solutions will now be utilized by Microsoft to augment and improve the delivery of geolocation services to Microsoft products and services. Skyhook offers a global hybrid positioning service called the Precision Location solution that combines Wi-Fi, cell, GPS, IP address and other location information to provide accurate, available and efficient location positioning services around the world. The deal enables Microsoft to use Skyhook’s solution to provide customers with accurate and user-controlled location-based experiences in Microsoft products and services. Leveraging Skyhook’s Precision Location services will provide Microsoft with network-based Wi-Fi and Cellular positioning. “Skyhook’s Precision Location solution is a leading independent positioning service,” said Craig Waggy, CEO, Skyhook. “We are proud to support Microsoft through the
In our pressroom you can read all our latest releases, find our press contacts, images, documents and other relevant information about us.Visit our pressroom