Why Brooklyn’s top VC is placing a bet on indoor farming
Agrilyst, the 2015 winner of the TechCrunch Disrupt NY battlefield, took the opportunity last week at Disrupt NY 2016 to announced that it had raised a million-dollar seed round.
The Downtown Brooklyn startup created a software as a service (SaaS) product for indoor farms, allowing growers to track maintenance, growth and other metrics. Agrilyst has been called “Google Analytics for greenhouses.”
The seed funding round, which Agrilyst cofounder Allison Kopf said was oversubscribed, was led by the Gowanus-based Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.
“It fits a profile of a lot of things I’m interested in,” said Charlie O’Donnell, the sole partner of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, in an interview in his new Gowanus office. “The founder had unique inference in the space.” (Kopf previously worked at the the greenhouse conglomerate BrightFarms.)
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