BOULDER, CO — June 8, 2022 — Virridy, dedicated to improving the management of environmental resources through technology, today announced it has closed $5.5 million in Series A funding to accelerate the development and adoption of its satellite-connected sensors for managing water, energy, and agricultural resources. The round was led by Accord Capital, with participation from existing investors FHI 360, Cleo Capital, Reverent Rock, Save Earth, and VertueLab. In addition to the funding, Virridy has rebranded from SweetSense to reflect its commitment to enabling high-quality environmental commodities.
Climate change continues to accelerate global environmental damage and economic stress. Two billion people currently live with chronic high water stress, one-third of agricultural soils globally are degraded, and two billion people face food insecurity. The current 20-year megadrought throughout the western United States is the worst in more than 1,200 years.
Virridy was founded to address these challenges and drive action toward global environmental resilience. Partnering with organizations including the National Science Foundation (NSF), USAID, the World Bank, NASA, the Millennium Water Alliance, and Swarm Technologies, Virridy is monitoring the water supply of over four million people to help maintain consistent supplies. In Kenya and Ethiopia, Virridy’s low-cost, satellite-linked sensors monitor water boreholes, enabling government agencies responsible for maintenance to effectively deploy resources to minimize borehole downtime to ensure communities have consistent access to water well as livestock and crops.
Virridy is also working with The Freshwater Trust and Wexus Technologies to help farmers in the drought-prone Western United States monitor and better manage groundwater pumping and consumption while earning revenue through energy savings and automated demand response. This helps farmers keep operational costs down, increase revenue and comply with the growing government regulations on the sustainable use of groundwater.
“We are excited that Virridy is enabling environmental markets, including carbon credits, energy incentives, and water permitting through our sensors and analytics. Our team was the first to bring to market carbon financing for water treatment 15 years ago, and are now supporting these markets at scale for water access and conservation, soil carbon, and energy conservation,” said Dr. Evan Thomas, Virridy founder and CEO, Dr. Evan Thomas.
“Accord is excited to partner with Virridy to support its continued growth and innovation,” said Chris Lackner, Managing Director at Accord Capital, “We believe the management team’s significant collective backgrounds will enable Virridy to become the leading sensor and data provider in environmental resource monitoring.”
Virridy Inc. develops and deploys technologies to manage water, energy, and agricultural resources in remote, off-grid environments including Africa and North America. The company’s low-cost satellite-connected sensors are compatible with a wide range of fixed infrastructure and support carbon credits, energy incentives, water permitting, and other environmental market commodities. For more information, please visit www.virridy.com, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter, or contact us at [email protected].