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Pula offers index-based insurance to smallholder farmers covering climate, yields and livestock risks, leveraging ML and big data to assess production outputs and potential risks. Three policies are offered: Area Yield Index Insurance, Weather Index Insurance and Index-based Livestock Insurance. The insurance policies are bundled together with third-party products.

The company uses AI and photonics to build a cloud-based library of disease biomarkers and biological profiles for patients. The “optical fingerprints” can be used as personalized patient biomarkers for non-invasive screening, reduce screening time by 70% and cut related costs by 40%.

PHA bioplasticsfor various applications including packaging, feed additives, dietary supplements and medical materials.Holog biological R&D automation system to increase efficiency of customized R&D.Bluepha Lab research and education division set up to provide synthetic biotech courses and extracurricular research facilities.

NotCo uses its AI-driven algorithm called Giuseppe to analyze food molecules and learn combinations of ingredients needed to produce plant-based meat and dairy products, such as, milk, mayonnaise, ice cream, lactose, soy and other gluten-free products, which can mimic the taste and texture of animal-based products.

Evja developed OPI, a computerized information system with sensors to gather data information on irrigation, soil, and plant health. Its cloud SaaS solution is powered by agronomic models and ML technology that analyze field data to optimize the use of irrigation, fertilizers, and pesticides while also predicting plant diseases.

Toyota AI Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Toyota Research Institute, is a Silicon Valley-based fund investing globally in startups with cutting-edge solutions in the AI, smart-mobility, autonomy, robotics, data and cloud spaces while leveraging the global expertise and technical resources of the Toyota Group.In 2015 Toyota created the Toyota Research Institute aiming to support the research on next-generation mobility, robotics and new materials. Toyota AI Ventures was founded in 2017 with initial funding of $100m. 

BayWa Venture GmbH is a subsidiary company of BayWa AG, the German agriculture, energy and construction conglomerate.Putting digitalization at the core of its agriculture strategy, the company is looking to expand its core business into digital services within the existing businesses. It is investigating new digital business models and stand-alone concepts through collaboration with emerging startups focusing on cutting-edge technologies in the agrifood tech space.BayWa started to invest in startups in 2012 mainly focused on online customer management, services and sales platforms. In 2015, the company purchased Farm Facts, a German farm management SaaS and in 2017 invested in Abundant Robotics, a US-based automated harvest company. One of the firms’ most recent investments has been Evja, an Italian startup developing precision farming hardware based on advanced agronomic models and machine learning technology.

Bright Success Capital Ltd is a Hong Kong-based family office founded by Hilton Tam who has previously worked at Seagate Technology and Cisco Systems. He specializes in R&D, supply chain processes and consumer electronics manufacturing. Successful investments include Flixibus and N26. The VC manages a portfolio of companies involved in manufacturing and supply chains specifically for hardware components, medical devices, drones and consumer robotics. Its investment focus covers diverse sectors like robotics, fintech, healthcare, enterprise software and deep tech.

Mayfield Fund is one of Silicon Valley's oldest venture capital firms. Founded by Wally Davis and Thomas J Davis Jr in 1969, the VC is based in Menlo Park, California.Current investments include CRISPR-focused companies like Mammoth Biosciences and biotech startup iLoF,l which is focused on creating a digital library of optical fingerprints for non-invasive patient screening, early diagnostics and personalized medical treatments.. With a total of $2.5bn assets under management, the firm focuses mainly on early-stage to growth-stage investments. The VC has also backed startups like Marketo, Lyft and SolarCity. Most of Mayfield’s exits took place during the 2008 financial crisis and through subsequent funds.In April 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Mayfield announced two new funds which raised $750m in total. Mayfield XVI will invest in early-stage companies, while Mayfield Select II will focus on growth-stage companies outside its portfolio. The company said last year that it has raised a similar size fund every four years and has invested in 30 companies per fund. It primarily leads Series A investments.

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