Authors: Taryn Goodman Gallery, Cultivian Sandbox Managing Director, & Alex Behar, Cultivian Sandbox VP

“There’s an opportunity for us to create new market incentives for soil health, for carbon sequestration, for methane capture and reuse. It has to be structured and devised and designed in a way in which the principal beneficiaries are farmers.” — US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

As we have seen recently in Texas, climate change continues to disrupt our way of life and will have an outsized effect on our agriculture systems globally. Much has been written about the potential disruptions, yet there is also…


Cultivian Sandbox Ventures is a venture capital firm that invests in innovative startups focused on the food & agriculture industry. Founded by experienced operators from some of the world’s preeminent food and agriculture companies, and backed by leading Strategic LP’s, the firm seeks to support and bring to market the companies that will drive the world’s food system toward greater sustainability, security and safety. To do this, we invest across the full value chain of food & agriculture, from crop production to supply chain and food products and distribution.

We’re looking for candidates to fill 2 different roles:

  • Full-time Associate: CSBX Associates are responsible for supporting the team in…

Earlier this year, Cultivian Sandbox had the privilege of leading a $2M Seed investment in Leaf, with participation from SP Ventures and existing investor Radicle Growth. Leaf lowers the barriers to entry in food and agriculture technology by providing developer-friendly API infrastructure for farm data. Software developers use Leaf’s API to build and scale a wide range of products including farm management software, lending products, carbon removal marketplaces, outcome-based financing, land and input marketplaces, agronomic recommendations, food traceability applications, equipment maintenance forecasting, and more.

There are a lot of new technology tools on the farm, but they don’t often talk…


Taryn Goodman Gallery

Taryn Goodman Gallery joins Cultivian Sandbox and Sandbox Industries as Managing Director. Previously, Taryn was the Food & Agriculture Sector Lead for TPG’s Rise Fund, where she was responsible for leading the group’s global food and agriculture investment strategy, with a focus on global agribusinesses. In her role, Taryn sourced investments, executed transactions, and advised portfolio companies.

What draws you to food and agriculture / how did you end up in this industry?

I actually stumbled into food & agriculture when I was working at RSF Social Finance. Food & ag was one of the organization’s three focus areas and…


Authors: Christian Horn, Cultivian Sandbox Associate & Dr. Ron Meeusen, Cultivian Sandbox Managing Director

It’s hard to have a conversation about automation without addressing the fear surrounding it. While technology advances over the past 25 years have steadily reduced global poverty, this reduction has slowed down in most recent years. COVID-19 represents an even greater threat to the once promising global poverty reduction trends. The conversation surrounding the fear of automation is not specific to one industry, and agriculture is now in the midst of its own revolution.

Many lessons from other industries highlight the potential impact automation will have…


It is great to see the increased consumer and investor attention on alternative proteins, primarily driven by increasing demand for protein that is healthy, environmentally sustainable and addresses animal welfare concerns. However, animal protein still has a significant role to play in addressing these consumer demands, especially given the size of animal protein markets and the fact that they continue to grow. Notably, poultry has been the fastest growing meat category in the US and globally, which is expected to continue through to 2027.

Cultivian Sandbox sees opportunities for technology to improve the way we produce protein across both animal…


Written by Cultivian Sandbox Ventures Summer 2020 MBA Intern, Kristen Klein

Many of us have seen images of garbage floating in the ocean or videos of turtles with straws stuck in their noses and throats. These images have led to rising global demand for a change in the way we approach our waste, particularly disposable packaging products that make up the bulk of this litter. Where does it all come from? According to the World Economic Forum, 8% of the world’s oil production is used to make plastic, and that figure is projected to rise to 20% by 2050. Of…


Cultivian Sandbox Summer MBA Associates, Kristen Klein and J.P. Bowgen

Kristen Klein is pursuing her MBA at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Previously, Kristen worked in the Private Equity and M&A practice at Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy, and in marketing roles at Constellation Brands and a sustainable packaging startup. Kristen is originally from Batavia, NY. She’s interested in early-stage companies specializing in sustainability-focused innovation and technology.

J.P. Bowgen is pursuing his MBA at The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Previously, J.P. worked in Corporate Venture, Strategy, and Innovation at Macy’s, and in investing roles at VU Venture Partners, OCA Ventures and Hyde Park Angels. J.P.’s…


On behalf of the Cultivian Sandbox team, we hope that you and your families, friends and colleagues are doing well and keeping safe during these challenging times. Our hearts go out to those battling illness, and we extend our gratitude to those who continue to provide essential services at their own personal risk, including those on the front lines of healthcare, agriculture, and food distribution.

We also want to acknowledge the many innovators and startups who are leveraging their creativity and capabilities to develop new solutions to the COVID-19 crisis, across monitoring, diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines. …


Imagine buying or selling a house without access to a multiple listing service (MLS) database or online aggregator sites like Zillow. How would you find market information to support your decision? Seems like a daunting task. You might rely on trusted real estate brokers, but how would you be certain that they are working with a complete data set of all land that is available for sale or that they have the best network of buyers to generate competitive bids for your property? …

Cultivian Sandbox Ventures

Based in Chicago, Cultivian Sandbox is a venture capital firm focused on building next-generation disruptive agriculture and food technology companies.

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