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E²JDJ was founded in New Orleans in 2020 with an agtech and foodtech focus, including in the areas of cellular agriculture and synthetic biology. It has six startups in its portfolio and makes diverse investments. Its most recent disclosed investment was in the $4.7m July 2021 seed funding round of NovoNutrients, the US-based biotech producer of alt-protein from fermentation using CO2 and other emissions.

Daan Luining is the Dutch co-founder and CTO at cell-based meat startup Meatable, the first to claim a highly scalable culture technology, where he has worked since 2018.  He is also a research director at the Cellular Agriculture Society in Leiden, a joint initiative for cell-based startups to share knowledge and to collaborate on projects to further scale the sector. Luining is also on the board of directors at the not-for-profit Cultured Meat Foundation that promotes sector innovation. His past posts have all been in the area of research, either as a researcher or a technician, and at the same time as completing studies. His last job was as a research strategist at New York-based New Harvest, a callular food rsearch funding body, where he worked for a year and met Dr. Kotter, the inventor of Meatable’s cellular technology. His research positions from 2009–15 were in the area of cell culture,  mass spectrometry and DNA sequencing at the Maastricht University, University Medical Center Amsterdam, Utrecht University and Leiden University. Luining holds a master’s in biological sciences from Leiden University in the Netherlands. 

TurtleTree Labs will license its technology for creating natural ingredients found in human milk to dairy and infant formula companies to produce full-composition liquid milk.

Founded in 2012, Purple Orange’s objective is to support the transition away from animals in the food chain, supporting early-stage food and biotech companies across the globe with a focus on alternative proteins and cellular agriculture. It currently has 12 startups from different nations in its portfolio. Its most recently disclosed investments have been in the December 2020 pre-seed round of Chinese cultured meat startup CellX and in the November 2020 $500,000 pre-seed round of Swedish plant-based food vending startup VEAT. 

Founded in 2011, London-based Agronomics Limited’s principal investing interest is in environmentally-friendly alternatives to the traditional production of meat, wherever they may be located. There are currently 17 companies in its portfolio, all of them in the cellular-based or plant-based protein category and sustainable food production.Its most recent declared investments have been in the March 2021 $48m Series A round of Dutch cell-based meat startup Meatable which leverages pluripotent stem cells for the first time in foodtech, and in the December 2020 undisclosed pre-seed round of Chinese cellular foodtech CellX.

Kukuh Budi Santoso graduated from Indonesia’s Universitas Brawijaya with a degree in Agriculture. While at university, he was an active in student organizations such as the IAAS (an international organization of agriculture students) and founded social enterprises. Prior to co-founding agri-investment platform Tanijoy, Kukuh ran Escape.id, a community-based tourism business.

Nanda Putra had been involved in the agriculture and F&B industries even as a student at Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia. Between 2009 and 2016, he ran his own arabica coffee plantation, opened two small restaurants and was CMO of a mushroom farm. In 2017, a year after graduating with a degree in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture, he started Tanijoy. Originally conceived as an online marketplace for fresh produce, Tanijoy has since pivoted into an agri-investment platform.

PT Juvisk Tri Swarna (JTS) was established in 2013 to provide technical project management, financial consultancy, site audits and other support services in diverse business sectors; ranging from infrastructure, civil engineering, construction and mineral mining. Juvisk is currently involved in the construction of radio and cellular towers and other related services. In 2016, Juvisk became an investor and business partner of Qlue.

Kévin Alessandri is CEO, CTO and co-founder of TreeFrog Therapeutics, whose proprietory C-Stem technology mass-produces high-quality pluripotent stem cells in a 3D environment. Prior to founding TreeFrog in 2018, Alessandri spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Bordeaux’s Institut d’Optique. During 2014 and 2015, he completed a post-doctorate at the University of Geneva, focused on developing 3D printed microfluidics systems to build 3D cell culture vessels for stem cell applications. From 2008 to 2013 he completed a PhD on cellular capsules technology and applications at the Institut Curie in Paris. 

Agricultural and food engineer Muhaimin Iqbal graduated from Bogor Institute of Agriculture in 1985. He has over 10 years of experience in the plantation sector and has founded several companies including 101 Salad and Natural Resources Indonesia. He is currently the chairman for Gerai Dinar Group, Indonesia Waqf Fund Foundation, Biomass Energy Indonesia and Badr Interactive.

BACKED VC is primarily a seed-stage funder based in London and founded in 2015 that selects its investments based on the founding team rather than on market-based decisions. It typically invests from €0.5m to €2.5m per round and, to date, has invested in 45 startups with two exits so far. Its most recent investments include in the March 2021 £5m Series A round of British legal digitization platform Legl and in the February 2021 £2.7m seed round of UK-based cellular fat producer Hoxton Farms. 

Sabrina Mustopo is the founder and CEO of Krakakoa Chocolate, a "farmer-to-bar" social enterprise that works directly with smallholder cocoa farmers to produce chocolate. She is also an independent consultant with experience in strategy, project management, agriculture and sustainable development. Mustopo previously worked in Singapore as an associate and research analyst for international consultancy McKinsey & Co., where she focused on climate change and agricultural topics and served public sector clients in the Asia-Pacific region and East Africa. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development.

Mathieu Le Bras is an agronomist by training, with a master’s in Agriculture from ISA Lille, France. He has worked for major organizations such as the WTO, GE and Syngenta. In 2012, he established 8villages with Indonesian social media entrepreneur Sanny Gaddafi. Mathieu later left the startup and moved to the United Kingdom to pursue other ventures. He is currently the managing director of Maison du Pain, a London bakery with buyers from all over Europe.

Muhammad Risyad Ganis joined agriculture crowd investment platform Crowde as a co-founder and is currently the company’s CFO. He was previously with the Jakarta office of Willis Towers Watson, a global financial advisory company. Risyad graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2014 with a bachelor’s in Economics, Politics and International Studies.Ganis left Crowde in 2018. He is currently the COO and co-founder of data consultancy firm Celerates.

Founded in October 2013, JD Finance was renamed as JD Digits in November 2018. The fintech arm of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com focuses on applying digital technology, artificial intelligence and IoT in five sectors: finance, smart cities, agriculture, campus development and marketing.The company manages five sub-brands: JD Finance, JD iCity, JD Agriculture, JD Shaodongjia, and JD MO Media. In September 2017, a joint venture was established with Central Group, one of Thailand’s biggest retailers. In December 2017, JD Digits also started operating an AI lab in Silicon Valley.

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