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April 2015

VC Q&A: Omnivore’s Mark Kahn on AgTech Investing

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VC Q&A: Omnivore’s Mark Kahn on AgTech Investing

AgFunder: You’re the founding partner of a VC that focuses on early stage ag and food technology companies. Did you have a background in agriculture?
Mark: Actually I’ve spent most of my career in agribusiness. I used to work for Syngenta, and then in 2007, I got involved with the turnaround of Godrej Agrovet, one of the largest agribusiness companies in India. I was brought in as part of the turnaround team, and oversaw key functions like strategy, M&A, R&D, and new business development. It was a great operational experience, and the company is doing amazingly well.

Omnivore Partners invests $1M in cold storage maker Ecozen Solutions; Villgro exits

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Omnivore Partners invests $1M in cold storage maker Ecozen Solutions; Villgro exits

Early-stage agri-tech focused investment fund Omnivore Partners has invested around $1 million (Rs 6.2 crore) in a Series A round of funding in Pune-based Ecozen Solutions, a company that makes solar-powered cold storage units for farmers, for a significant minority stake.

As part of the deal, the venture capital firm has also bought out the stake held by Chennai-based social enterprise incubator Villgro Innovations Foundation, which had provided seed-stage investment to Ecozen Solutions last year.