Building on the success of its first fund, Capagro has announced the launch of the second fund of 200 million euros to support the growth of the most promising startups in the European AgTech and FoodTech sectors.
The launch of the new fund is combined with an initial investment in Cuure, a European player in the personalized health sector.
Five years after closing the first European venture capital fund dedicated to AgTech and FoodTech, Capagro is announcing the launch of a successor fund: Capagro Agri-Food Innovation Fund II (Capagro II). The aim of this fund is to support the growth of the most promising European startups in AgTech and FoodTech, for more sustainable agriculture and healthy food, with an initial investment in the startup Cuure, a European leader in personalized nutrition and health operating on the promising market of food supplements.
This new 200-million-euro fund has already brought together the following investors with the sectoral experts of Capagro: Avril Group, LSDH, Terrena, Bel Group, Crédit Agricole Group (IDIA), and Bpifrance. It has also welcomed the agricultural cooperative group Euralis and is opening its doors to other institutional and industrial investors and family offices for the current round of fund-raising.
Capagro II targets high-potential growing startups that champion innovative projects for sustainable agriculture and healthy food in the AgriFoodTech sector. The fund will act as lead or co-lead via initial sums of between 3 and 10 million euros invested in the capital of about fifteen predominantly European companies.
Like its predecessor, the new fund will cover the entire value chain of the agri-food sector, from farm to fork, with an “ecosystemic” approach that integrates the planet, humans, and animals. The key sectors for Capagro II are bio-intrants, robotics, specialty ingredients, innovative packaging, alternative proteins, personalized nutrition, new distribution channels, and promising emerging sectors, such as “carbon farming”.
For Tom Espiard-Cignaco, President & Managing Director of Capagro: “The current context reminds us of the urgency of meeting the climate, food, health, social and economic challenges impacting agriculture and food. Innovation in European AgriFoodTech already provides practical answers to these challenges but also needs financial support at a level proportionate to its potential.
Supplying a flow of capital into these dynamic companies is a means of meeting these challenges and an opportunity to nurture new European champions in AgriFoodTech. By supporting these companies as they scale up and accelerate their growth, this new fund addresses promising young companies that generate sustainable innovations able to bring deep-rooted transformations to the agriculture and food sectors.”
For Anne-Valérie Bach, Managing Director of Capagro:
“As a catalyst for innovation in the agri-food ecosystem, Capagro draws on a proprietary open innovation platform that not only favors the emergence of champions but also facilitates the adoption of innovations by our partner investors, which include agricultural cooperatives and major food industry groups.
This unique positioning opens the way for three-fold value creation in the domains of finance (with optimization of our risk/reward profile), strategy (via the collaboration generated between the companies in the portfolio and the investors), and impact (by supporting companies having their core activity in tackling the current environmental and health challenges).
Capagro has already helped to create 560 jobs in the sector through this original approach, contributed to achieving more than three-fold increases in the turnover of the supported companies, and has produced a knock-on effect among third-party investors, generating more than 4 times the sum invested by Capagro.”
The launch of Capagro II is taking place in a promising context, marked by high growth in investments in 2021-2022. In 2021, almost 52 billion US dollars were invested in global AgriFoodTech, up 85 percent compared to 2020. In Europe, during the same period, 9.2 billion US dollars were invested in AgriFoodTech, representing almost 20 percent of the global market. Global AgriFoodTech includes 55 unicorns, of which 25 are European.
Cuure: initial investment in the sector of personalized health
The launch of Capagro II is combined with a first investment – as lead investor – in the capital of the startup Cuure, carried out as part of a new round of fund-raising of 10 million euros. Cuure was created in March 2019 at the initiative of Hugo Facchin and Jules Marcilhacy with the ambition of improving everyone’s health through an innovative, holistic and personalized experience, combining science and technology.
For Hugo Facchin, co-founder and CEO of Cuure:
“This new investment will allow us to share our vision of health with as many people as possible – easy to access, holistic, and tailored to everyone’s needs. We are also actively working on the internationalization of the Cuure experience, which is already available in several European countries, including Italy, Germany, and Spain. Our ambition is to make Cuure an internationally recognized health and well-being reflex, the European leader in personalized health.”
The success of the Capagro I fund
Launched in April 2014, the predecessor fund, Capagro I, the pioneering European venture capital fund in AgTech and FoodTech, highlighted the dynamic pace of innovation in the agri-food sector in France and Europe and the need for young companies and startups in the sector to find the financial partners best able to help them sustain their growth.
Between 2014 and 2022, with a total fund of 124 million euros, Capagro I mobilized 13 leading industrial groups and financial institutions and established a portfolio of 13 French and European startups in the sectors of robotics and agricultural equipment (Naïo Technologies, Ecorobotix, BoMill), agricultural e-procurement (Agriconomie), biosourced materials (CelluComp), personalized nutrition (Yooji, Nick’s), alternative proteins (La Vie), e-commerce (Japhy, La Belle Vie, Colvin), indoor farming (CleanGreens) and food traceability (eProvenance).
Capagro SAS is an independent management company approved by the French Financial Markets Authority (AMF). It manages the funds Capagro I and II.
The mission of Capagro I and II is to accelerate the development of growing startups in AgTech and FoodTech that bring solutions and innovative technologies with a high potential for financial, strategic, and impact value creation.
The launch of Capagro II is based on 7 leading investors that are strongly committed to the sustainable transformation of agriculture and food: Bpifrance, Crédit Agricole, Avril Group, Bel Group, LSDH, Terrena, and Euralis.
As a responsible investor and signatory of the UN “Principles for Responsible Investment”, Capagro implements an ESG and impact approach in its investment activities and its relations with its partners.
For further information, see www.capagro.fr