Investing in a new breed of Game Changers

Where We Invest

 

Our specific interest and subsequent investment focus lies all around finding solutions to major challenges in the upstream food value chain from inputs through farming to trading.

Investor in AgBioTech

AgBioTech

New biological solutions, processes and technology aiming at major real challenges and regulation driven market shifts (e.g. Seed Genetics, Microbiome, Fertilizer).

Investor in Farming Software

Software, Computational Ag, Sensing & IoT

Holistic and full stack solutions enabling the support of physical action in increasingly automated environments (e.g. Supply Chain OS, Computational Platforms).

Investor in Farm Robotics

Farm Robotics, Mechanization & Equipment

Hardware is an essential part to connect data to physical action and vice versa and create real value to production (e.g. Tool Carriers, Implements, Real Time OS).

Investor in Acricultural Trading Platforms

Marketplaces &
Trading Platforms

Full stack, holistic solutions that are capable of solving an entire customer challenge in smart and integrated ways (e.g. commodity trading, asset and servitization platforms).

Investor in Novel Farming Systems

Novel Farming Systems

Automated and novel growing operations that build on system integration to bring automation to ag at scale (e.g. greenhouse automation, farm to retail integrations).

We Invest in Radical Long-Term Solutions & Visionary Founders on A Mission

Recent Investments

AGXEED B.V.

AgXeed is building a fully autonomous tool carrier and field operation systems to turn data into physical actions on the field at competitive costs. Allowing farmers and contractors to bring higher efficiency to labour intensive tasks from day one.

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Investment press release

Investment in die E-Farming GmbH

E-Farm GmbH

Europe’s leading full stack market machinery and service marketplace. Offering international machine sales, marketing solutions to dealers, OEMs, private sellers and buyers. Incl. full process solutions and customer & machine lifecycle management.

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Our Differentiator: Smart Money

Amathaon Capital is Europe’s first integrated agriculture technology VC firm assembling the sustainable agri company of the future in its portfolio.

  • Focusing on companies with major business opportunities in Europe and MENA
  • Leveraging new agronomic solutions addressing core market challanges
  • Target funding from EUR 0.5M (multi-round)

Deep Industry Expertise

We help founders with a global industry ecosystem and strong in-house industry knowledge.

Synergetic Portfolio Approach

We are fostering inter-operability of portfolio companies and product cooperation to enhance value.

Hands-On Advice

We support founders to boost value and speed by providing hands-on advice and actively utilizing our network.

Solution Focus

We help founders keep focus on solutions, getting early tractions and support market entry.

Our Team

We are not your traditional venture capital team of financial investors. We are purposefully vertically integrated to support founders we believe in through all stages of their ventures. From building market entry and commercialization strategy and execution, regulatory and R&D support through to support on legal matters, financial questions and exit preparation.

In addition, we have a vast network of experts to support our founders to be successful in their endeavours and concentrate on what they are best at.

Boris Förster

Borris Förster

Borris has spent more than 12 years in AgriFood and company building across several industries and geographies. Previously to co-founding Amathaon Capital Borris led the AgriFood and innovation business at eccelerate, advising mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies on global tech and commercial strategy. He has been involved in several start-ups in permanent, interim and mentor roles to shape commercial strategy and the business model.

Tobias Schönhaar

Dr. Tobias Schönhaar, LL.M.

Tobias is one of the most prominent and award winning experts on venture capital deals in Germany, with more than 12 years’ experience and executing well over 300 deals. He understands the challenges of research-intensive ventures and SaaS business extremely well, having focused on theses areas over the past decade.

Ralph Beckers

Dr. Ralph Beckers

Ralph has spent more than 30 years in agriculture, agbiotech and agronomy in several leading roles from crop strategy to biotech innovation. His wealth of knowledge around plant science, agronomy in general and related regulatory affairs makes him the go-to-guy for our founders on all questions related to agronomy, biotechnology and regulation.

Frank Hock

Frank Hock

Frank has spent his entire live in the financial industry across a wealth of sectors. He has facilitated billion-dollar global mergers, lead major financial corporations in C-Level positions and built financial instruments across several industries including agriculture. His global network, smarts and experience in the financial and investment field make him invaluable to our portfolio companies, espeacially at later stages.

Good to Know Before You Get in Touch

When are we the right partners for you? Some common questions and answers.

At what stage do you invest?

We usually enter when you are close to commercialisation (in hardware and R&D intensive fields) or you have revenue and a compelling trajectory.

At what stage do you invest?

We usually enter when you are close to commercialisation (in hardware and R&D intensive fields) or you have revenue and a compelling trajectory.

What sort of investment can I expect from you?

We prefer entry tickets between EUR 0.7M and EUR 1.2M. In some exceptional circumstances we may adjust this to suit.

Will you invest if my headquarter is not located in Europe?

We take the view that we should be able to deliver more than simply capital. That usually means we would like to see your plans for the European market. Whether you made these plans to conquer the old continent sipping some good tea in Asia or a cold IPA in America doesn’t really matter to us.

What are you looking for in a company to invest in?
  • We are looking for versatile, complementary and resilient teams who understand the industry and have a very clear vision and mission
  • A clear focus on major pains or market shifts to capitalize on
  • Building solutions addressing billion Euro problems and opportunities
  • A crystal clear story and commercialization plan (and how deal with uncertainty)
  • Gaining value from our portfolio and network – we like synergies if they make economic sense
What are you not expecting?

We do not expect you to have it all figured out knowing everything. Instead, we want you to be open and engage with us on possible solutions, how we may help and how you will approach the accepted uncertainty.

What is the best way to get in touch?

As with almost everything in business it is best to approach us with a warm introduction by someone we already know and trust. Of course, this is not some hard criteria and sometimes may not work. So if after reading this you feel we should talk and our networks don’t yet intersect then feel free to drop us an e-mail with concise answers to the following questions (NOTE: if you do not know an answer yet, write down how you intend to find out):

  1. what you do?
  2. who you are (one liner on each founder)?
  3. who pays money for what you do?
  4. why they will be paying money for it?
  5. what they currently do to solve the problem you are addressing?
  6. who is your direct customer (can be more than one)?
  7. what have you achieved in what timeframe / your traction (revenue, LoIs, beta users signed, DAU/WAU/MAU etc.)?
  8. What’s the bigger picture (your vision)?
  9. what are you looking for from us?
  10. Where can we see / read about what you do?

Drop Us A Line with Your Pitch Deck

hello@amathaon.com.