From the sewer to the farm, via startup Ostara

A Canadian startup has built its first European plant to retrieve phosphorous — a key ingredient in fertilizer — from sewage and wastewater and turn it into fertilizer to grow more crops.

Ostara Raises $10.5M to Turn Wastewater into Fertilizer

Water treatment startup Ostara Nutrient Recovery Systems has a secret weapon for greener grass — sewage. Yesterday, the Vancouver, B.C.-based startup said it has raised $10.5 million in private equity financing for its water treatment system that removes phosphorus and other nutrient pollutants from wastewater and turns them into fertilizer. The financing was led VantagePoint Venture Partners, which was joined by Foursome Investments Limited. The money will be used to install the system at commercial water treatment plants in North America, including the company’s first U.S. deployment near Portland, Ore., Ostara says. Read More about Ostara Raises $10.5M to Turn Wastewater into Fertilizer

TheFind Buys Glimpse: Now Startups Are Seeking Retail Therapy

[qi:076] The big boys may have opted to spend this summer lounging around at the beach, but the startups have apparently decided to seek out some retail therapy. Today, for example, social shopping service TheFind.com said it will buy women’s fashion shopping site Glimpse.com for an undisclosed amount of money. My bet is that TheFind is bulking up to compete with rivals such as Kaboodle, which now has the backing of magazine giant Hearst Corp.

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