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TerViva develops and commercializes new crops that grow sustainably on underproductive agriculture land.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Clean Technology
  • Location Oakland, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded May 2010
  • Employees 10
  • Website

Company Summary

Significant amounts of agriculture land are no longer conventionally farmable, due to changing weather conditions, soils, and economics. We develop crops that can sustainably grow on marginal agriculture land. In 2012, we began commercializing our first crop, a tree called pongamia that produces a harvest very similar to soybeans, but at 8X the annual yield of traditional soybean acreage.


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    Naveen Sikka
    Founder & CEO

    Young business leader with experience in agriculture and energy; founder of "cleantech to market" a commercialization partnership between UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

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    Anne Slaughter Andrew
    Founder & Chairman

    Indiana-born entrepreneur who recently served as the US Ambassador to Costa Rica (2009-2013).

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    Maggie Kavalaris
    Founder & VP

    New venture attorney and serial entrepreneur, including most recently as co-founder of PayMo (now Boku, one of the Wall Street Journal's top 25 ranked start-ups since 2011)

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    Sudhir Rani

    Formerly a Director in the private equity arm of DE Shaw, and previously with UBS in asset management and investment banking.

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    Claire Kinlaw
    Director of Product Development

    MBA and PhD in Biochemistry who previously was a founding team member and director of the USDA Institute for Forestry Genetics.

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    Tom Schenk
    Director of Business Development

    Twenty years of experience in agriculture commodities and land economics.

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    Dave Harry
    Director of R&D

    Formerly a faculty member at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne and Oregon State University, taught tree breeding and genetics.


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    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (Mitch Zuklie)
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    Maron & Co.

Previous Investors

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    GrayGhost Ventures
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    Angel Round
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