August 18, 2021
XpertSea raises US$20 million to grow data-driven marketplace and financial services
Canadian aquaculture technology company XpertSea closed a US$20 million Series B funding round in an effort to bring its data-driven marketplace and financial services to new international markets.
The new round of funding was led by QED Investors and Atlantico with Investissement Quebec joining previous investors Obvious Ventures, Aqua-Spark, Future Shape, Real Ventures and edō Capital. Future Shape chief executive officer Tony Fadell was the keynote speaker during a virtual GOAL conference session this April.
QED partner Lauren Morton will join XpertSea's board of directors, resulting in both an executive team and a board with women in the majority.
XpertSea addresses efficient and sustainable aquaculture practices with a data-driven marketplace using artificial intelligence and financial services to connect "underbanked" shrimp producers with a network of approved buyers and assured same-day payment.
"We founded XpertSea with the firm belief that technology and data will unlock aquaculture's enormous potential to be the most sustainable source of protein available to feed our planet," Valerie Robitaille, CEO of XpertSea, said.
"For years, we worked towards this mission by helping farmers farm more successfully, and more recently, by providing them access to cash flow and market opportunities. This investment will not only help accelerate the development of our data-driven solutions, but will allow us to leverage our unique capabilities to bring transparency and efficiency to the entire supply chain, getting us closer and closer to providing sustainable seafood for everyone."
XpertSea added that its year-over-year revenue has grown 1,000%, thanks largely to uptake in Latin America.
"Family-run shrimp farms lose 50% of their crop to disease, only 10% of farmers can get loans, and they are constantly at the mercy of price fluctuations and delayed payments by big buyers," Tony Fadell, principal at Future Shape, said. "Shrimp farming alone is a $30 billion industry. Xpertsea's powerful AI tools deliver healthier crops and certified forecasts of shrimp quality and quantity. That same data fuels XpertSea's marketplace to connect farmers, buyers and distributors. It's a win-win-win for the rapidly growing $250 billion aquaculture industry."
- Global Aquaculture Alliance