Henri Pierre-Jacques of Harlem Capital breaks down his investment decision process

Early in his career as an investor committed to supporting minority- and women-owned companies, Henri Pierre-Jacques concluded he needed to take a more independent path as opposed to joining an existing established firm. Instead, he and his colleagues founded Harlem Capital, starting the fund from scratch to create the type of change they saw as necessary in the industry.

While setting out on their own gave the Harlem team the freedom and flexibility to invest in whomever they...

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NOAA has released the call for SBIR proposals for 2020 – deadline 03FEB20

The FY2020 NOAA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Phase I research has been released. Sea Grant programs, in collaboration with private sector partners, have been successful in these competitions in the past.

Research topics in this SBIR opportunity include:.

  • 9.1.01 Tool Development of Aquaculture Farm Management
  • 9.1.02 Disease in Aquatic Organisms
  • 9.1.03 Aquaculture Genetic Tools
  • 9.2.02 Low-cost Wireless Temperature and...
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Why AgTech and food are becoming the world’s hottest investment

Top entrepreneurs from the biotech and IT sectors are turning their attention to the challenge of disrupting centuries-old food production systems. AgTech has become a hot investment sector in only the last 5 years. Before then, investments to disrupt the food industry had a peak year in 2009 of $300 million, compared with $15 billion in healthcare and $25bn on software, according to Adam Anders, the managing partner of ag-focused private equity firm Anterra Capital. AgTech has now caught...

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MD releases plan to fight saltwater amid rising seas

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration in December released the state’s first plan to combat saltwater intrusion. The 76-page report doesn’t forecast how widely impacts will be felt, citing a lack of existing research, but it identifies the resources facing the highest risk, ranking agriculture at the top.

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Source: Bay Journal - Article: MD releases plan to fight saltwater amid rising seas

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Wittaya Aqua, a new wave of offshore software

As global aquaculture grows in scale and intensity, and governments wise up to the need to regulate it more closely, there’s plenty of call for technology that can foster supply chain transparency while boosting yields, improving welfare, and cranking down on costs.

This is where the Canadian farm management startup Wittaya Aqua is wading in, headed up by CEO Evan Hall. A member of the first cohort of GROW — AgFunder’s and Rocket Seeder’s Singapore-based...

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Midwest Farmers Are Tired of Tech-Loaded Tractors They Can’t Fix

  • The Star Tribune found that farmers are choosing to buy older tractors to save money and so that they can repair the tractors themselves.
  • A new tractor can cost well over $150,000, while one built 40 some years ago with little use could cost a third of that.
  • Tech-heavy new tractors often require a dealership repairman to make any necessary fixes.

Farmers are opting for older tractors as they're easier to repair and cheaper than a new one, and that demand has caused a price...

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The Maryland Agriculture Phosphorus Initiative

Introducing the Phosphorus Management Tool
Maryland's Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) regulations provide a multi-year process for farmers to transition from the Phosphorus Site Index to the PMT, an updated tool that can identify areas where there is a high risk for phosphorus runoff and guide the use of effective management practices in soils that are already saturated.

When fully implemented, the regulations are expected to help Maryland meet phosphorus reduction targets outlined in...

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F3 Tech hosts daylong saltwater intrusion symposium

F³ Tech Accelerator, a program supporting agriculture and aquaculture startups in Maryland with the Easton-based Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, welcomed guests Nov. 22 to the Belcher Pavillion at Anne Arundel Medical Center for a symposium to address the impact of saltwater intrusion on agriculture.

Mike Thielke, left, executive director at the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center and Mike Arntz, community liaison for Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., shake hands at the F³ Tech...

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MAVA Crystal Ball 2020

Baltimore: January 23rd
Washington DC: January 24th

You don’t want to miss this once-a-year opportunity to hear candid and invaluable perspectives from some of the nation’s leading investors and industry playmakers. Join us in Baltimore or Washington DC and interact with industry luminaries as they discuss opportunities for extraordinary growth in 2020.

2020 Speakers Announced

The Crystal Ball morning program is fast-paced, insight-rich, and valuable for:

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