We’re here for all growers

Our mission is rooted in the ability to meet and exceed the needs of gardeners and professional growers of all sizes and backgrounds. 1868 Ventures™ is our corporate venture capital fund to support emerging companies in areas that can further this cause.We support entrepreneurs innovating in categories relevant to our core business, with a goal of enhancing our ability to provide value to our customers and strategic partners.

Our strategy

Our Strategy

Why work with 1868 Ventures?

From our beginnings in 1868, Scotts Miracle-Gro has evolved from a small family general store to North America’s leader in lawn and garden as well as indoor and hydroponic growing solutions. Our legacy is rooted in trust, innovation and doing the right thing, always.

We aim to invest in companies where our team of professionals can add value through the expertise that we’ve built over more than 150 years.

Industry-Leading Brands

Our family of brands, including Scotts, Miracle-Go, and Ortho, foster unrivaled consumer relationships.

Supply Chain

Network provides world-class service and efficiency.

Indoor growing

Decades of expertise supporting specialty crops and deep understanding of growing environment.

Products that Deliver

Consumer based innovation model consistently delivers an outstanding user experience.

Retail & Distribution

Retail relationships and in-store associates enhance the consumer shopping experience and drive sales.

Investment sector focus

Controlled Environment Agriculture

Environmental controls and software that help automate processes in controlled environment growing.

Plant Genetics

Tools and techniques that make genetics research and development more efficient and effective.

Direct to Consumer

Lawn and garden brands, services, and platforms that can help SMG learn about consumer preferences and changing purchase behavior.

Natural & Organic

Natural and organic active ingredients to add to our portfolio of pest controls and fertilizers.

Sustainability & Packaging

Solutions that reduce waste in packaging or reduce the environmental impact of nutrient application or water use.

Investment Criteria

Stage Focus

Stage agnostic with a focus on early stage companies.

Geographic Focus

Primarily focused on North America.

Our team

ScottsMiracle-Gro has partnered with Touchdown Ventures to operate 1868 Ventures. The collaborative team brings a combination of industry and venture capital expertise.

The ScottsMiracle-Gro team has a wealth of operational and business development experience. We can leverage subject matter expertise from throughout the ScottsMiracle-Gro organization to enable our partner companies to build and scale their business.

Touchdown Ventures partners with corporations to manage their venture capital programs. Touchdown works closely with each corporation to achieve the financial and strategic benefits from venture capital investments. The firm maintains offices in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Let’s connect

If you’re an entrepreneur developing exciting technologies to meet the needs of gardeners and professional growers, we want to hear from you. Let’s connect.

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