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Ÿnsect raises $224M debt and equity for bug farms

Ÿnsect, a French startup that builds insect farms for use in feedstocks, has added $224 million in equity and debt funding.

Backers in the round include Los Angeles VC firm Upfront Ventures and the FootPrint Coalition, an eco-focused investment vehicle financed by actor Robert Downey Jr.

The financing includes $139 million in debt and another $65 million in equity, according to a TechCrunch report.  It will go toward constructing what Ÿnsect says will be the world’s largest insect farm, with an aim of producing more than 100,000 tons per year.

The company sees a core use for its product in fish feed for aquaculture, as well as potential in pet foods.

Funding rounds

New funds

  • Greycroft closes two funds: Venture capital firm Greycroft announced that its newest funds, Greycroft VI and Greycroft Growth III, have raised a total of $678 million. Greycroft VI is a $310 million venture fund with an emphasis on early-stage investments, while Greycroft Growth III is the firm’s newest growth-stage fund with more than $368 million of commitments. Including these new funds, Greycroft has raised $2 billion in commitments across 10 investment vehicles and has more than 200 active investments. In August, we profiled the firm to discuss why its investments hadn’t slowed down during the pandemic.
  • Salesforce closes on second impact fund: Salesforce announced the closing of its second Impact Fund from its strategic investment arm, Salesforce Ventures1. The $100 million fund will accelerate the growth of cloud companies addressing areas, such as education and workforce development, climate action, diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as providing tech for nonprofits and foundations. The Global Impact Investing Network estimates the market size at $715 billion, up more than 40 percent from last year. Salesforce Ventures introduced its first $50 million Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund back in 2017, and to date, has invested in more than 25 companies.
  • Draper Goren Holm launches first fund: Draper Goren Holm announced the launch and first close of Fund 1. The venture studio’s first traditional venture fund of $25 million will invest seed and Series A funding into promising fintech and blockchain startups.

Other news

  • SEC charges McAfee with fraud: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it has charged businessman and computer programmer John McAfee with fraud for promoting investments in initial coin offerings (ICOs) to his Twitter followers without disclosing that he was paid to do so. McAfee’s bodyguard, Jimmy Watson Jr., was also charged for his role in the alleged scheme.
  • Faraday eyes public offering via SPAC: Electric vehicle maker Faraday Future is reportedly in talks about potentially going public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, according to a Reuters interview with company CEO Carsten Breitfeld.
  • ZeroFOX acquires Cyveillance: Digital risk production company ZeroFOX acquired the “Cyveillance” business from LookingGlass Cyber Solutions for an undisclosed amount. Cyveillance provides comprehensive threat intelligence services in the financial services, energy and public sectors. ZeroFOX has raised over $150 million in funding to date, including a $74 million Series D round in February, according to Crunchbase data.

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