Cultivian Sandbox Ventures

Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, LP is a venture capital firm specializing in series A and early stage investments. The firm primarily invests in next-generation disruptive agriculture, agribusiness, and food technology companies. Within these sectors it concentrates on areas such as, animal health and protein production including livestock and dairy, companion animals, aquaculture, feeds and additives; crop production including seed technology and genetics, fertilizers and crop protection, agriculture equipment and robotics/automation, and precision agriculture; food and food safety including novel foods and ingredients, sustainable packaging, diagnostics, and processing; clean technology and renewables including, green chemicals, bioprocesses and biomaterials, biomass production, and biomass recovery; and water technologies including management, treatment, and recovery. The firm considers investments in any geographical region. It typically invests between $5 million and $15 million in each portfolio company. The firm invests in preferred securities and prefers to co-invest with other institutional investors. It seeks representation on the board of directors of its portfolio companies. Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, LP is a Joint Venture with Sandbox Industries. Cultivian Sandbox Ventures, LP was founded in 2013 and is based in Chicago, Illinois with an additional office in Carmel, Indiana.
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Steven L. Engelberg

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Taryn Goodman Gallery

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Luis Garcia

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Ronald Meeusen

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Dan Phillips

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46 past transactions

Agrivida, Inc.

Series E in 2016
Agrivida, Inc., an animal health and nutrition company, develops feed additives for poultry, swine, dairy and beef cattle, and aquaculture markets. The company offers nutrition solutions for monogastric and ruminant animals, and aquaculture. It offer GRAINZYME, a phytase feed additive for poultry sector. It also provides INzyme Enzymes that deliver regulated enzymes for detergents, oil and gas production, and food applications; and INzyme sugar feedstock advanced bio-based chemical and fuel production. Agrivida, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is based in Four Seasons, Missouri.

Agrivida, Inc.

Venture Round in 2019
Agrivida, Inc., an animal health and nutrition company, develops feed additives for poultry, swine, dairy and beef cattle, and aquaculture markets. The company offers nutrition solutions for monogastric and ruminant animals, and aquaculture. It offer GRAINZYME, a phytase feed additive for poultry sector. It also provides INzyme Enzymes that deliver regulated enzymes for detergents, oil and gas production, and food applications; and INzyme sugar feedstock advanced bio-based chemical and fuel production. Agrivida, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is based in Four Seasons, Missouri.

Sound Agriculture Company

Series C in 2020
Sound Agriculture uses molecular discovery to create climate-resilient crops, enhancing harvest yields for growers. They also use an innovative life science approach to sustainably increase farming productivity. The company was founded in 2013 and headquartered in Emeryville, California.

AbCelex Technologies Inc.

Series A in 2014
AbCelex Technologies is a biotechnology company that develops solutions which focus on animal health and food safety challenges. It focuses on swine, poultry, and other farm animals. AbCelex Technologies develops protein feed that is able to prevent and treat a number of bacterial infections in animals. It offers NF-220, sdAb-based protein fragments. AbCelex Technologies was founded by Saeid Babaei in 2010. It is based in Mississauga, Ontario.

Leaf Agriculture

Seed Round in 2020
Leaf is a data network that connects apps and services to farm data from equipment, sensor, and software platforms. Leaf’s API allows developers to easily validate grower consent, access high quality agriculture data, and scale their products. With Leaf, developers are building a food system that makes us healthier, increases farmers’ profits, benefits the environment, and is accessible to everyone. For more information, visit https://withleaf.io/.

Agrivida, Inc.

Series D in 2015
Agrivida, Inc., an animal health and nutrition company, develops feed additives for poultry, swine, dairy and beef cattle, and aquaculture markets. The company offers nutrition solutions for monogastric and ruminant animals, and aquaculture. It offer GRAINZYME, a phytase feed additive for poultry sector. It also provides INzyme Enzymes that deliver regulated enzymes for detergents, oil and gas production, and food applications; and INzyme sugar feedstock advanced bio-based chemical and fuel production. Agrivida, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is based in Four Seasons, Missouri.

Geltor

Series B in 2020
Geltor, Inc. produces bioactive animal free collagens and other proteins for beauty, nutrition, and other applications. It offers Collume, a bio-designed collagen technology for skincare cellular regeneration, protection, and derma-collagen synthesis; and HumaColl21, a collagen product that delivers collagen, elastin, laminin, and fibronectin boosting effect for skin care. The company also provides vegan collagen peptides and other novel proteins for functional food and nutraceutical formulas. Geltor, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 and is based in San Leandro, California.

Conservis

Series A in 2015
Conservis provides farm management software to help you see your operation from the dirt up. Track field activities, manage inventories and analyze yields. The Conservis platform connects your information to manage your progress today and harvest opportunities ahead. Conservis started when four farmers asked our founders for help with workflow management. That was five years ago. Today, the Conservis system is used by the most successful agricultural producers to make informed business decisions. It is trusted to manage over $8 Billion in land, equipment and crop assets at all stages of production to improve bottom-line performance.
Full Harvest helps growers get the most out of a harvest and food companies save money by bringing farm excess to market. We are a B2B platform connecting large farms to food businesses to sell significantly discounted, yet perfectly good surplus and imperfectly shaped produce that would have otherwise gone to waste. Approx. 20 billion pounds of produce go to waste in the U.S. annually simply because they are not perfectly shaped for strict retailer standards. We aim to solve this problem by creating a marketplace for this unutilized edible and delicious produce. Our vision is three-fold: bring an additional revenue stream to farmers, lower the cost of healthy food production, while significantly reducing wasted food and resources. A win-win for everyone.

Asilomar Bio

Series B in 2017
Asilomar Bio is creating crop protection tools to enhance harvest yields and efficiency by leveraging their breakthrough technology in plant science and chemical manufacturing.

Debut Biotechnology, Inc.

Series A in 2021
Debut Biotechnology, Inc. provides biomanufacturing solutions for high value molecules. It offers biomanufacturing cartridges, fermentation, immobilization of cells and enzymes, and new enzymes for pharmaceutical production and modification. The company also creates novel immobilization for enzymes with high success rates; and provides high value immobilized enzymes for use in continuous manufacturing systems. It serves pharmaceutical and specialty chemical industries. Debut Biotechnology, Inc. was incorporated in 2019 and is based in San Diego, California.

Cooks’ Venture

Series A in 2020
Cooks Venture is a vertically integrated agricultural company to operate solely on regenerative agriculture. Their very special chickens come from an ancestry of breeding heirloom and heritage chickens that have better health and livelihood than conventional chickens. Their breeds develop juicier meat and crispier skin that is more flavorful and more tender than that of conventional chickens. In addition, they are air-chilling their chickens (as opposed to water-chilling), so their chickens have a better flavor and texture. Cooks Ventures touts itself as the only vertically integrated chicken producer in the US that has an independent genetics operation breeding through selection, not genetic engineering without ties to the two globally consolidated genetics companies. They support local farmers by feeding their bird's local Non-GMO feed grown using methods that improve soil health and directly translate to better nutrition for the bird and farmers. Cooks Ventures was founded in 2018 and is headquartered in New York, NY, United States.

Descartes Labs, Inc.

Series B in 2017
Descartes Labs, Inc. engages in the deep-learning image analysis business. The company specializes in taking deep learning and other advanced machine learning algorithms to categorize still images found on the Internet and develop them so they can be applied to visual data coming from various sensors on the planet, such as satellites, UAVs, cameras, cell phones, etc. It also offers Descartes LabsPlatform, a cloud-based geospatial analytics platform. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Sound Agriculture Company

Series B in 2017
Sound Agriculture uses molecular discovery to create climate-resilient crops, enhancing harvest yields for growers. They also use an innovative life science approach to sustainably increase farming productivity. The company was founded in 2013 and headquartered in Emeryville, California.

Copper Cow Coffee, Inc.

Series A in 2021
Copper Cow Coffee is a premium specialty Vietnamese Coffee Company based in Los Angeles. CCC supports sustainable agriculture in Vietnam and works to make specialty Vietnamese coffee more accessible in the US through modern design, innovative packaging, as well as socially and environmentally-conscious sourcing.

Novihum Technologies GmbH

Series B in 2014
In the 2000's, scientists at the TU Dresden in Germany invented a revolutionary natural soil enhancer based on lignite. In 2012 Novihum Technologies was founded to bring this great product to the market. With the help of venture capital partners, the European Union, and an international team of soil, plant, and production experts, Novihum Technologies built its first production plant in Dortmund, Germany to produce NOVIHUM on an industrial scale in 2016. Novihum Technologies has about 30 employees and is still growing. They successfully serve customers in Europe, North America and elsewhere.

Geltor

Series A in 2018
Geltor, Inc. produces bioactive animal free collagens and other proteins for beauty, nutrition, and other applications. It offers Collume, a bio-designed collagen technology for skincare cellular regeneration, protection, and derma-collagen synthesis; and HumaColl21, a collagen product that delivers collagen, elastin, laminin, and fibronectin boosting effect for skin care. The company also provides vegan collagen peptides and other novel proteins for functional food and nutraceutical formulas. Geltor, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 and is based in San Leandro, California.

Vestaron Corporation

Series C in 2014
Vestaron Corporation develops, manufactures, and sells peptide-based biologic crop protection products. It offers Spear-T, a bioinsecticide for treatment of thrips in vegetables and ornamentals in greenhouses; Spear-Lep, a bioinsecticide for fruits, vegetables, and field crops; and Leprotec, a bioinsecticide for field use. Vestaron Corporation was formerly known as Venomix, Inc. and changed its name to Vestaron Corporation in August 2009. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina with a research and development center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Descartes Labs, Inc.

Series A in 2015
Descartes Labs, Inc. engages in the deep-learning image analysis business. The company specializes in taking deep learning and other advanced machine learning algorithms to categorize still images found on the Internet and develop them so they can be applied to visual data coming from various sensors on the planet, such as satellites, UAVs, cameras, cell phones, etc. It also offers Descartes LabsPlatform, a cloud-based geospatial analytics platform. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

FarmlandFinder, Inc.

Seed Round in 2019
FarmlandFinder is a provider of an online marketplace intended to make the world's farmland information accessible. The company's marketplace connects farmers with the right farmland and offers information of upcoming land sales, sale price records, sale comparison tool, soil composition maps, enabling clients to reduce time spent on researching farmland real estate market as well as cost of selling, renting and acquiring farmland.

Sound Agriculture Company

Series A in 2015
Sound Agriculture uses molecular discovery to create climate-resilient crops, enhancing harvest yields for growers. They also use an innovative life science approach to sustainably increase farming productivity. The company was founded in 2013 and headquartered in Emeryville, California.

Leaf Agriculture

Seed Round in 2022
Leaf is a data network that connects apps and services to farm data from equipment, sensor, and software platforms. Leaf’s API allows developers to easily validate grower consent, access high quality agriculture data, and scale their products. With Leaf, developers are building a food system that makes us healthier, increases farmers’ profits, benefits the environment, and is accessible to everyone. For more information, visit https://withleaf.io/.

Nuritas, Ltd.

Series B in 2021
Nuritas is revolutionising the discovery of novel, natural and scientifically proven active ingredients that can manage and improve human health. The company’s disruptive computational approach to discovery uses artificial intelligence and genomics to, for the first time ever, rapidly and efficiently predict and then provide access to the most health-benefiting components hidden within food, called bioactive peptides.

Culture Robotics

Series B in 2021
Culture Biosciences develops automated bio-reactor that helps biotech companies optimize their manufacturing processes and brings products to market faster. The company also builds automated tools for fermentation. It has a digital bio-manufacturing platform to enable scientists to run, monitor, and analyze bio-reactors faster than traditional approaches by robotic sample handling and cloud data monitoring and analysis. Culture Biosciences was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Harvest Automation

Series A in 2010
Harvest was founded by a seasoned technology executive and a trio of robotics experts. The Company now comprises a diverse, commited team with expertise in sales and marketing, engineering (software, hardware, electrical, mechanical), project management, and business operations.

enEvolv, Inc.

Series A in 2014
enEvolv, Inc. engineers and licenses microorganisms to produce chemicals, enzymes, and small molecules. It offers bacteria, yeast, and algae for various industries, including specialty chemicals, food, energy, personal care, and pharmaceuticals. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts. As of March 18, 2020, enEvolv, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Zymergen, Inc.

Debut Biotechnology, Inc.

Series A in 2021
Debut Biotechnology, Inc. provides biomanufacturing solutions for high value molecules. It offers biomanufacturing cartridges, fermentation, immobilization of cells and enzymes, and new enzymes for pharmaceutical production and modification. The company also creates novel immobilization for enzymes with high success rates; and provides high value immobilized enzymes for use in continuous manufacturing systems. It serves pharmaceutical and specialty chemical industries. Debut Biotechnology, Inc. was incorporated in 2019 and is based in San Diego, California.

Yard Stick PBC

Seed Round in 2021
Yard Stick PBC is an in-situ soil carbon & bulk density measurement technology.

Geltor

Series B in 2020
Geltor, Inc. produces bioactive animal free collagens and other proteins for beauty, nutrition, and other applications. It offers Collume, a bio-designed collagen technology for skincare cellular regeneration, protection, and derma-collagen synthesis; and HumaColl21, a collagen product that delivers collagen, elastin, laminin, and fibronectin boosting effect for skin care. The company also provides vegan collagen peptides and other novel proteins for functional food and nutraceutical formulas. Geltor, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 and is based in San Leandro, California.
HarvestPort is a shared-economy platform for seasonally used agricultural assets. It offers a marketplace for farmers and agricultural professionals to rent assets and equipment according to their seasonal needs. The service includes documentation of available assets and equipment, matching of requests with qualified lenders, analyzing profiles and making targeted recommendations, managing transactions, and billing for the assets and equipment. HarvestPort was founded by Timothy Koide and Brian Dawson in 2015.

Conservis

Venture Round in 2018
Conservis provides farm management software to help you see your operation from the dirt up. Track field activities, manage inventories and analyze yields. The Conservis platform connects your information to manage your progress today and harvest opportunities ahead. Conservis started when four farmers asked our founders for help with workflow management. That was five years ago. Today, the Conservis system is used by the most successful agricultural producers to make informed business decisions. It is trusted to manage over $8 Billion in land, equipment and crop assets at all stages of production to improve bottom-line performance.

Nuritas, Ltd.

Series A in 2017
Nuritas is revolutionising the discovery of novel, natural and scientifically proven active ingredients that can manage and improve human health. The company’s disruptive computational approach to discovery uses artificial intelligence and genomics to, for the first time ever, rapidly and efficiently predict and then provide access to the most health-benefiting components hidden within food, called bioactive peptides.

Sample6

Series C in 2016
Synthetic, biology-based bacteria diagnostic system that is capable of enrichment-free detection

Sample6

Series B in 2013
Synthetic, biology-based bacteria diagnostic system that is capable of enrichment-free detection

Conservis

Debt Financing in 2017
Conservis provides farm management software to help you see your operation from the dirt up. Track field activities, manage inventories and analyze yields. The Conservis platform connects your information to manage your progress today and harvest opportunities ahead. Conservis started when four farmers asked our founders for help with workflow management. That was five years ago. Today, the Conservis system is used by the most successful agricultural producers to make informed business decisions. It is trusted to manage over $8 Billion in land, equipment and crop assets at all stages of production to improve bottom-line performance.
Advanced Animal Diagnostics, Inc. commercializes proprietary technology for the diagnosis of farm-animal diseases. It uses an animal's own immune response to detect and stage infections to improve the quality of life for producers, processors, animals, and consumers. The company offers QuickSmear, a rapid differential slide to speed and simplify production animal research using differential cell counts; and SCC+ System for early detection of mastitis. Advanced Animal Diagnostics was founded in 2001 and is based in Durham, North Carolina.
Full Harvest helps growers get the most out of a harvest and food companies save money by bringing farm excess to market. We are a B2B platform connecting large farms to food businesses to sell significantly discounted, yet perfectly good surplus and imperfectly shaped produce that would have otherwise gone to waste. Approx. 20 billion pounds of produce go to waste in the U.S. annually simply because they are not perfectly shaped for strict retailer standards. We aim to solve this problem by creating a marketplace for this unutilized edible and delicious produce. Our vision is three-fold: bring an additional revenue stream to farmers, lower the cost of healthy food production, while significantly reducing wasted food and resources. A win-win for everyone.

Vestaron Corporation

Series C in 2014
Vestaron Corporation develops, manufactures, and sells peptide-based biologic crop protection products. It offers Spear-T, a bioinsecticide for treatment of thrips in vegetables and ornamentals in greenhouses; Spear-Lep, a bioinsecticide for fruits, vegetables, and field crops; and Leprotec, a bioinsecticide for field use. Vestaron Corporation was formerly known as Venomix, Inc. and changed its name to Vestaron Corporation in August 2009. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina with a research and development center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Culture Robotics

Series A in 2020
Culture Biosciences develops automated bio-reactor that helps biotech companies optimize their manufacturing processes and brings products to market faster. The company also builds automated tools for fermentation. It has a digital bio-manufacturing platform to enable scientists to run, monitor, and analyze bio-reactors faster than traditional approaches by robotic sample handling and cloud data monitoring and analysis. Culture Biosciences was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Vestaron Corporation

Series D in 2016
Vestaron Corporation develops, manufactures, and sells peptide-based biologic crop protection products. It offers Spear-T, a bioinsecticide for treatment of thrips in vegetables and ornamentals in greenhouses; Spear-Lep, a bioinsecticide for fruits, vegetables, and field crops; and Leprotec, a bioinsecticide for field use. Vestaron Corporation was formerly known as Venomix, Inc. and changed its name to Vestaron Corporation in August 2009. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina with a research and development center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Advanced Animal Diagnostics, Inc. commercializes proprietary technology for the diagnosis of farm-animal diseases. It uses an animal's own immune response to detect and stage infections to improve the quality of life for producers, processors, animals, and consumers. The company offers QuickSmear, a rapid differential slide to speed and simplify production animal research using differential cell counts; and SCC+ System for early detection of mastitis. Advanced Animal Diagnostics was founded in 2001 and is based in Durham, North Carolina.

Agrivida, Inc.

Series D in 2015
Agrivida, Inc., an animal health and nutrition company, develops feed additives for poultry, swine, dairy and beef cattle, and aquaculture markets. The company offers nutrition solutions for monogastric and ruminant animals, and aquaculture. It offer GRAINZYME, a phytase feed additive for poultry sector. It also provides INzyme Enzymes that deliver regulated enzymes for detergents, oil and gas production, and food applications; and INzyme sugar feedstock advanced bio-based chemical and fuel production. Agrivida, Inc. was founded in 2003 and is based in Four Seasons, Missouri.

Vestaron Corporation

Series B in 2019
Vestaron Corporation develops, manufactures, and sells peptide-based biologic crop protection products. It offers Spear-T, a bioinsecticide for treatment of thrips in vegetables and ornamentals in greenhouses; Spear-Lep, a bioinsecticide for fruits, vegetables, and field crops; and Leprotec, a bioinsecticide for field use. Vestaron Corporation was formerly known as Venomix, Inc. and changed its name to Vestaron Corporation in August 2009. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Durham, North Carolina with a research and development center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Conservis

Series A in 2014
Conservis provides farm management software to help you see your operation from the dirt up. Track field activities, manage inventories and analyze yields. The Conservis platform connects your information to manage your progress today and harvest opportunities ahead. Conservis started when four farmers asked our founders for help with workflow management. That was five years ago. Today, the Conservis system is used by the most successful agricultural producers to make informed business decisions. It is trusted to manage over $8 Billion in land, equipment and crop assets at all stages of production to improve bottom-line performance.

Phylagen

Series A in 2019
Phylagen, Inc. develops and offers microbiome data analytics solution. The company combines bioinformatic analytics and machine learning to determine and interpret complex genetic signatures, and provide a decision-making tool for businesses. Phylagen, Inc. was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Asilomar Bio

Series A in 2015
Asilomar Bio is creating crop protection tools to enhance harvest yields and efficiency by leveraging their breakthrough technology in plant science and chemical manufacturing.