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Irish alt-protein foodtech Plantruption produces nutritious fish substitutes without artificial additives, leveraging the health benefits of sustainably sourced local seaweed.

WWF-backed biotech Oceanium has developed a biorefinery that transforms seaweed into alt-proteins and compostable packaging that will soon be launched commercially.

The biotech will expand its popular range of organic and probiotic treats for dogs and cats with cell-based pet food, planned for launch in 2022.

With a 55-tone capacity to produce fungi-based proteins annually, Mycorena’s Gothenburg facility will showcase its mycoprotein R&D and spur commercial expansion across Europe.

Meatable’s proprietary OPTi-OX technology is a pioneer in enabling scalable cell-based production of entire meat joints, 100% cruelty-free, starting with pork and beef. 

Pioneering foodtech with the first inkjet printer and laser design tool and printer; innovating technology to scale cell-based food and print food for dysphagia patients.

Backed by €2m from impact investors, Les Noveaux Affineurs is ramping up production of its plant-based, French vegan cheese gastronomy for export to international markets

The first in Asia and third in the world to create alternative protein from methane, offering a cost-effective, circular economy solution, producing high-protein animal feed.

Sold at 2,000+ outlets in four continents, the Heura brand comprises sustainably produced, nutritious, plant-based vegan products that mimic both chicken and beef.

Backed by Jeff Bezos, NotCo uses proprietary, AI-driven algorithm to analyze food molecules and learn combinations of ingredients to produce plant-based alt-meat and dairy products.

Nutrinsect’s cricket flour is a 100% organic alternative protein containing twice the protein of soy, with an all-purpose natural fertilizer as its byproduct.  

Founded in 2018, Kale United is a Stockholm-based ethical investor with an overriding interest in plant-based technologies. It raises funds from crowd campaigns and currently has a portfolio of 30 companies, mostly Swedish alternative meat startups. It had crowdfunded €1.34m by April 2020 for its portfolio of companies from three separate campaigns. It also has a portfolio of plant-based public shares and features a team of vegan expert investors and business leaders. Its founder, Måns Ullerstam, owns a third of the company. He is also CEO of local vegetarian food producer startup Astrid och Aporna.

Established in 2015, Unovis Asset Management is a New York-based investor focussed on the alternative protein sector. It has raised two funds to date, the New Crop Capital Trust and The Alternative Protein Fund. It aims to transform the global food system by investing in solutions that facilitate sustained behavioral change and eliminate the consumption of animal protein products. It partners with entrepreneurs developing innovative plant-based and cultivated replacements to animal products, including meat, seafood, dairy and eggs. It currently has 33 companies in its portfolio and has managed three exits to date including Beyond Meat. Its recent investments include the undisclosed convertible note round of Spanish plant-based meat startup Foods for Tomorrow in May 2020 and in the $28m seed round of US plant-based startup Alpha Foods in February 2020.

Capital V is a French rural-based investor that only invests in solutions that facilitate sustained behavioral change and eliminate the consumption of animal products. Its investments range from €10,000 to €1m and currently has 20 startups in its portfolio, mainly plant-based meat makers.In 2020, it announced its participation in Pitch & Plant 2020, the global investment competition by Vevolution for plant-based and animal-free startups, offering £100,000 to finalists. Among its recent investments are participation in the extended 2020 seed round of THIS, a UK-based plant-based meat startup that has raised over £6m to date and, in August 2020, in vegan confectionary manufacturer, Livia’s that has raised over £1m so far.

BayWa Venture GmbH is a subsidiary company of BayWa AG, the German agriculture, energy and construction conglomerate.Putting digitalization at the core of its agriculture strategy, the company is looking to expand its core business into digital services within the existing businesses. It is investigating new digital business models and stand-alone concepts through collaboration with emerging startups focusing on cutting-edge technologies in the agrifood tech space.BayWa started to invest in startups in 2012 mainly focused on online customer management, services and sales platforms. In 2015, the company purchased Farm Facts, a German farm management SaaS and in 2017 invested in Abundant Robotics, a US-based automated harvest company. One of the firms’ most recent investments has been Evja, an Italian startup developing precision farming hardware based on advanced agronomic models and machine learning technology.

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