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At Tenacious Ventures, we partner with agtech operators creating impact at scale at the intersection of digitally native agriculture and climate solutions.

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Systems Thinking and the Legacy of Big Food, with Dr Nigel Hughes, Kellogg

The decisions by major food companies impact consumers, farmers, and the environment at every stage of the agrifood value chain. But the status quo strategies of ‘Big Food’ don’t always acknowledge the complex, interconnected systems at play around the world.

32 min
September 21, 2022
Changing the Risk Profile of Agriculture: a farmer's perspective on parametric insurance

We recently launched a three-episode deep dive into the future of risk and insurance in agriculture. Over the course of the series, we heard from one listener who offered to share his experience using novel insurance products to manage the risks of both too little and too much rainfall in his own farming operation. This from-the-field perspective was packed with insights, and was such a powerful contribution to our learning that we asked his permission to use the audio for this episode.

33 min
September 7, 2022
What Commodity Agriculture Can Learn from Organic Farming, with Amy Bruch, Cyclone Farms

While the term “organic” tends to be associated with small-scale production and a preference for manual tools over the latest technology, organic farming advocates claim their methods can reduce the need for expensive inputs like fertilizers and herbicides, improve soil health, and allow farmers to differentiate their product in otherwise global commodity markets. So, what can commodity agriculture learn from organic farming?

34 min
August 24, 2022
Defining the Future of Ag Advocacy, with Emma Germano, Victorian Farmers Federation

Agriculture is exposed to a complex tangle of laws, trade agreements, and competing visions of the future. For farmers, adjustments by...

28 min
August 10, 2022

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Raising Capital
It’s not you, it’s me: getting clear on fundraising personas

Fundraising is ultimately a sales process, and sales is about focusing on what motivates the person across the table. In preparation for raising Fund II, we’ve defined our target investor personas in a framework that helps us tailor our narrative for each conversation, focusing on what's important to the person across the table without losing our authenticity.

September 16, 2022
Founder Stories
Alchemists in Agriculture - reflections on publishing in Nature, with Charlie Day of Jupiter Ionics

The world's leading multidisciplinary science journal, Nature, recently published the research of a team working out of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. In the paper, Jupiter Ionics, led by CEO Charlie Day, present evidence that they have been able to produce ammonia in an electrochemical cell with 100% selectivity and using renewable electricity.

September 15, 2022
Raising Capital
We’re fundraising for Tenacious Ventures Fund II, out loud

For the past few months, we've been preparing our second fund, and we're ready to hit go. As all founders know, fundraising is hard and there is something new to learn every day. Our conviction for Fund II comes from being proud of what we have done so far, and so we are doubling-down on what we’ve built and learned.

September 5, 2022
Digitally Native Agriculture
There is no spoon - the real idea behind digitally native agriculture

Digitally native agriculture is far more than digital farming. It is about reimagining how systems can work and challenging the structure of core elements of the agrifood value chain. 

September 1, 2022
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