Cultivian Sandbox Food & Agriculture Fund II, LP

United States of America

Last updated 12 May 2020, by Impactyield.

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Cultivian Sandbox Food & Agriculture Fund II, LP invests in venture-stage, technology-focused companies in food and agriculture. Fund II has a returns-driven strategy that enhances sustainability in areas of water technology, animal health and protein production, crop production, food safety, and green chemicals targeting 12-15 portfolio companies. The fund intends to raise $150 million, with a final closing date of February 28, 2015. As of November 30, 2014 Fund II had already invested in 8 companies.

Financial description

Fund II's portfolio companies as of December 2014 are comprised of:
1. AbCelex Technologies develops, produces and intends to market antibodies delivered through animal feed for the prevention of foodborne illnesses.
2. Advanced Animal Diagnostics develops, produces and markets on-farm diagnostic test tools for the early detection of subclinical mastitis in dairy cows.
3. Agrivida develops, produces and intends to market highly differentiated products in three areas: animal nutrition, detergent enzymes and biofuel.
4. Conservis develops, produces and markets an enterprise software farm management system.
5. enEvolv develops, produces and markets technology from three world-class research labs. The technology allows rapid genetic improvement of fermentation microbes, condensing into months the work which now takes years.
6. Novihum Technologies develops, produces and intends to market a patented process to produce a novel soil amendment product. The material, made from natural brown coal (lignite) is an environmentally friendly alternative to current materials.
7. Sample6 develops, produces and markets a food safety assay focused on environmental pathogen detection that lets customers monitor, analyze and remediate contaminations. Sample6 is initially targeting listeria, then salmonella beginning in 2015.
8. Vestaron develops, produces and intends to market a technology in which naturally occurring peptides are used to develop insecticides.

10 years

of track record


the year funded

150,000,000 USD


SDG goals

SDG targets

Encourage companies to adopt sustainable practices and sustainability reporting

Integrate climate change measures into policies and planning

Sustainable food production and resilient agricultural practices

Expand and upgrade energy services for developing countries

Key performance indicators

Fund overview

Asset manager: Cultivian Sandbox Venture Partners

Product track record: Fund has 10 years of track record

Target IRR: 20%

Committed Capital: 113,000,000 USD (US Dollar)

Target return category: Risk-adjusted market-rate of return

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Inception year: 2013

Vintage year: 2013

Target region: , , ,

Target close date: 01/02/2015

Product term: 10 years plus two one-year extensions with LP approval

Assets under management: 150,000,000 USD (US Dollar)

Investment size: Min: 2,000,000; Max: 15,000,000; Avg: 10,000,000

Co-investment policy: ,

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Fund investments to date: 8

Fund investments to date exited or repaid: 0

Management fee: 2%

Carried interest: 20%

Hurdle rate: 8%%

GIIN Investors' Council Investment: No

Limited Partners / Investors: Strategic investors across the food & agriculture sector as well as financial investors including institutional investors, family offices and high net worth individuals

Limited Partner / Investor Type: Development Finance Institution (DFI), Endowments/Foundations, Family Office, Pension Funds, Other Institutional Investors




Phone number: 2123622424.00

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Andy Ziolkowski

Managing Director

Gregg Solomon

Managing Director

Tim Cunningham

Managing Director

Impact Performance


Impact thesis

Cultivian Sandbox employs a returns-driven strategy with imbedded sustainability impacts. The precise sustainability impact is hard to measure. We believe that the sustainability impact of early-stage companies is expected to grow as these companies mature. Data surrounding each company’s circumstance can be used to assess the sustainability impact, even though more precise measurements can be difficult to calculate.
Sustainability impact issues that are addressed with our investment strategy include:
- Climate change (e.g. Proterro)
- Environmental degradation to air, water and soil (e.g. Rivertop)
- Food-borne illness (e.g. AbCelex and Sample6)
- Petrochemical toxicity (e.g. EOSi and Sample6)
- Renewables (e.g. Allylix, Novogy, Proterro and Rivertop)
- Water scarcity and contamination (e.g. AquaSpy and EOSi)
By way of example, EOSi Environmental Operating Solutions, Inc. - creates agriculturally-derived
products to remove the pollutant nitrogen from wastewater. Measuring the EOSi Social Impact – Nitrogen pollution in drinking water can be harmful, even at low levels, inducing abortions, cancer, diabetes and respiratory tract infections. Nitrogen has historically been removed from wastewater using liquid methanol. However, methanol is less than ideal: it’s flammable and derived from nonrenewable natural gas. EOSi’s manufacturing process results in an energy savings of 72,000 BTU for each gallon of methanol not used for denitrification.

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