Greenheart CBD, a Meath-based start-up, has raised €4.5m in funding in develop a blockchain platform for issuing loans and new tech to hemp farmers.
The round was led by cryptocurrency and blockchain-focused investment firm AlphaBit and will be used, it said, to plug gaps in financing for CBD businesses and farmers.
Greenheart provides farmers with the equipment and the seeds they need to begin growing hemp for cannabidiol (CBD) products.
With this new funding, it plans to further develop a platform for issuing loans up to €50,000 to farmers using blockchain technology while also providing technology like drones, which are used for automated continual monitoring of the crops.
The loans are issued through smart contracts on the platform with the company committing to buying the hemp that these farmers grow that the company in turn sells on.
According to Greenheart, which is itself fully licensed to grow hemp, the business has been driven by shortcomings in the availability of financing for hemp growers, given its association with cannabis.
The company, which was founded by Paul Walsh and Mark Canavan in 2019, told the Irish Times that it has 2,500 customers and is already profitable.
Its next step will be launching its own digital token, Greenheart Punt, that will be traded on its platform. The company plans to raise further funding by selling these tokens to users.
Greenheart believes that the model will make it easier for farmers to finance their hemp growing operations without pursuing traditional financing avenues. At the same time, the company said, it will stimulate growth of the industry not just in Ireland but globally.
It has eyes on providing loans and support to farmers in the developing world.
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