Big Idea Ventures has added another five university partners to its Generation Food Rural Partners fund, ranging from Cornell to Washington State.

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Big Idea Ventures, a US-based venture capital firm focused on food and agricultural technologies, has revealed an additional five universities that will support its Generation Food Rural Partners (GFPR) fund.

Cornell University, Ohio State University, Rutgers University, University of Maryland and Washington State University have all bought into GFPR’s proposition to establish food and agtech spinouts in rural communities near the collaborating universities.

GFPR was launched in February 2021 with a $125m target and North Carolina State University as the initial partner.

Louisiana State University, Oregon State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Tufts University, University of Hawai’i, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Worcester Polytechnic Institute all signed up two months later.

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