Syngenta Ventures is the corporate venture capital (VC) team of Syngenta, a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling farmers to make better use of available resources.
Created in 2009, Syngenta Ventures was one of the first venture capital teams dedicated to agriculture. With an experienced team of investment professionals possessing more than 45 collective years of VC experience, Syngenta Ventures has established itself as one of the most active and knowledgeable agricultural investors.
Syngenta Ventures is stage agnostic, from investing in seed rounds to larger growth equity rounds. They typically invest alongside other financial and corporate VC investors, and they avoid asking for any rights or options for Syngenta as they recognize the importance of having the interests of all shareholders aligned.
They use their deep experience as investors and running commercial Ag businesses to work with their portfolio companies to help them maximize their potential value. They often take board or board observer roles, spending the time needed with the company and management to help them achieve their goals. Finally, they are connected into Syngenta, ranging from R&D to commercial teams, around the world. They can help their portfolio companies validate new products in field trials, increase market visibility, and share industry knowledge and contacts.
While they encourage technical and/or commercial collaboration with Syngenta, these are negotiated by Syngenta and not connected to their investment. Linked to this, they maintain a strict firewall with Syngenta to protect any confidential information from being shared. They take this responsibility seriously and can provide references from their portfolio companies to demonstrate this.