IAN Backs Agri-biotech Company GreenPod Labs with INR 4.05Cr Investment

The Chennai-based company will be utilizing the funds to speed up product development and scale biotech-based packaging products commercially.

GreenPod Labs, an Agri-biotech startup, has raised INR 4.05 cr / € 500K pre-seed round in a funding round led by Indian Angel Network with Rockstart as a co-investor. The Chennai-based startup aims to utilize the freshly infused investment to strengthen its R&D foundation and commercially scale product portfolio. The funding will also be directed towards expanding the R&D and operations team.

Founded in 2019 by Deepak Rajmohan and Vijay Anand, GreenPod Labs intends to minimize fresh produce loss by introducing cost-effective packaging solutions. The company has developed biotech-based packaging sachets that extend the shelf-life of fruits and vegetables by eliminating the need for cold storage and cold supply chains. GreenPod Labs targets farmers, distributors, retailers, and eCommerce platforms with crop-specific solutions that increase their shelf life at ambient temperatures.

Speaking on the funding, Deepak Rajmohan, Co-Founder, GreenPod Labs, said, “Even after being the second-largest producer of fruits and vegetables, India losses over 40% of the fresh produce before it reaches the consumers. Each year, the country bears an economic loss ranging over $ 12 billion due to the lack of proper storage facilities. At GreenPod Labs, we are committed to solving this issue by developing cost-effective storage solutions. Our core objective is to create sustainable packaging products to minimize agricultural food wastage in India. With the recent funding, we plan to bolster our R&D foundation, both for biotech products and data science platforms. Also, we look forward to commercially scaling our three core products this year.”

Uday Chatterjee, Lead Investor, IAN, said, “GreenPod Labs is revolutionizing the Agri-biotech industry. They have been building a range of innovative biotech-based solutions for prolonging the life of fresh produce at ambient temperature. It is a one-of-its-kind initiative that caters to agricultural producers, distributors, and retailers to help them extend the fresh produce shelf life during transport and storage by 40%. We are delighted with our association and look forward to their forthcoming business expansion and growth."

Further commenting on the round, Mark Durno, Managing Partner Agrifood, Rockstart added, “We first invested in GreenPod Labs in 2020 because we believed in the co-founders and their mission to create organic solutions to extend the shelf life of fresh produce post-harvest, thus reducing the huge food waste issue. The R&D team has developed impressive products specifically for temperate climates and onboarded a healthy pipeline of customers; they are ready for growth. We are looking forward to the next phase together.” 

Providing customizable biotech packaging sachets, GreenPod Labs is looking forward to launching products for three crops. The company is also working on developing four more products this year. 

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