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Based in San Mateo California, KBW Ventures was founded by HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud. The asset management firm’s CEO is also the chairman of KBW Investments that was founded in 2013 in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).KBW Ventures is part of the KBW Group and mainly invests in companies involved in sustainable food, artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies and fintech. In 2019, the VC had already invested in 24 companies in sectors like e-gaming, drones, e-commerce and plant-based proteins. Recently, it also increased its stakes in two Californian biotechs BlueNalu and TurtleTree Labs. The aim is to open up the Middle East markets to global tech companies.

Green Monday Ventures is the impact investment arm of Green Monday Group founded by longtime Buddhist David Yeung to produce plant-based meat and operate Hong Kong’s first plant-based concept store.Founded in 2012, the Green Monday movement is a social enterprise aimed at promoting sustainable lifestyle concepts like "green food" to address challenges relating to public health, climate change, food security and animal wellbeing. The Hong Kong-based VC was set up in 2013 to focus on investments in alternative protein companies worldwide.

Based in London, CPT Capital is the venture arm of private equity pioneer Jeremy Coller's private family office. Coller is the founder of Europe’s first private equity for secondaries in 1990. The British philanthropist has also established several business schools and the Jeremy Coller Foundation that aims to eliminate factory farming. In 2017, CPT Capital was founded to disrupt the food industry with investments in the alt-protein sector to create the “future of food and materials” like plant-based, recombinant and cell-cultured proteins.

Founded in Sydney in 2004, Artesian Capital Management (Australia) Pty Ltd is a global alternative investment management firm specialized in public and private debt, venture capital and impact investment strategies. The VC was a spin-off from ANZ Banking Group’s capital markets business, backed by ANZ Private Equity. Artesian’s founding partners Jeremy Colless, Matthew Clunies-Ross and John McCartney bought ANZ’s stake in 2005.Today, Artesian has international offices in New York, London, Singapore, Jakarta and Shanghai. Its China VC Fund was launched in 2017 and the firm also has plans for a Southeast Asia VC Fund. The alternative investment firm currently manages multiple funds including Australian VC Fund 2, High Impact Green Debt Fund, GrainInnovate and Women Economic Empowerment Fund.

Founded in 2016 by Gary Schefsky, New Luna Ventures focuses on sustainable investments in diverse sectors including agriculture, food tech, precision farming, materials, real estate, renewables, water technology, communications, SaaS, AI and robotics. Schefsky has worked in emerging startup sectors for over 25 years and as a family office fiduciary for more than 17 years. Based in San Francisco, the firm’s limited partners include family offices, institutional investors and individuals.

Founded in September 2019 by Patrick Morris, Eat Beyond went public on the Canadian Securities Exchange in November 2020. The company’s shares are also traded on the Frankfurt Exchange in Germany and OTC Markets in the US. Morris had worked in capital markets for over 15 years and wanted to find a solution to help retail investors access the emerging markets of alt-proteins and other future food sectors.First of its kind in Canada, the Eat Beyond Global Investment Fund focuses on four key areas: meat, seafood, eggs, and dairy. It also participates in cell agriculture and other experimental projects. Current investments include foodtechs and alt-food source companies working on plant-based proteins, fermented proteins, cultured proteins, agriculture and consumer packaged goods.

Established in 1958, VERSO Capital is a boutique merchant banking and financial services firm based in Luxembourg. It also has offices in Geneva, Fribourg, Vaduz, Dubai, Singapore and BVI. VERSO specializes in sectors like education, food and renewables. Since 2011, the firm has invested over $700bn in venture capital in the global startup ecosystem. Funds worth over $245m were pumped into climatech, foodtech and biotech sectors since 2017. In February 2021, it merged with Swiss alternative asset manager ALDINI Capital that was also founded in 1958 and based in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. VERSO will leverage the expertise of ALDINI in hedge funds, private equity and real estate.

DSM Venturing is the investment arm of major Dutch biotech company DSM that has been investing in startups since 2006. The company currently has 36 startups in its portfolio across geographies and has managed three exits to date. It typically invests between €100,000 and €5m, with a lifetime investment varying from €1m–20m and usually requires board membership alongside investment. It has offices in the Netherlands and the US, both on the east and west coast. Its recent investments include 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 same month, in the $8m Series A round of British anti-pollution biotech Deep Branch Biotechnology.

New York-based Humboldt Fund invests in startups with the potential to solve critical issues of our time across the areas of food production, healthcare, energy, and construction and manufacturing materials. It currently has 14 companies in its portfolio.  Its most recent investments include 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 February 2021 $16m seed round of US biotech Cellino Biotech. 

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.

Founded in Berlin in 2016, Atlantic Food Labs’ mission is to support startups with the potential to feed 10bn people by 2050. It has supported 20 companies to date and its most recent investments include in the German healthy last-minute delivery service Gorillas’ $290m Series B round and in the €5.9m seed round of B2B German retail connection service Magaloop in March 2021.

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. 

Founded in 2013 in Singapore, VVNP is a future-food solutions-orientated investor with a special interest in science-based companies that have the ability to scale global solutions, especially within Asia. It invests from seed stage to Series C level. Typical investments range from $300,000 to $3m and the investor has launched two funds to date. The first raised $40m and invested in seven companies globally, while the second was created in 2020, targeting $150m in total investment.The VC’s most recent investments include a €271,000 pre-seed investment round in Dutch poultry animal welfare biotech In Ovo in March 2021, and leading the as-yet-uncompleted 6m Swiss franc (approximately $6.56m) seed round in Swiss biotech SwissDeCode in January 2021 – a company that applies DNA testing to food traceability.  

Launched in 2015 in Brussels, EIT Food was established by the not-for-profit European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and funded by the European Union as an investor and accelerator. Its aim is to support mainly European startups in foodtech areas ranging from traceability to alternative proteins, with sustainability a key deciding factor in the startups it backs from pre-seed to Series-B level. The organization currently has 55 startups in its portfolio, which raised more than €91m in investments in 2020. Its most recent investments include 700,000 Swiss francs (€637,000) in the seed round in January 2021 of Swiss biotech SwissDeCode, a company that applies DNA testing to food traceability. Another investment was the December 2020 €900,000 seed round of Spanish compostable-packaging tech Food Sourcing Specialists.

GU Ventures is the Swedish venture capital agency of University of Gothenburg. The VC also runs incubator programs to support tech and science-related projects within the university and its alumni network.Founded in 1995, GU has backed more than 150 companies and projects, including 30 exits and 11 filed IPOs. According to the firm, 87% of its portfolio companies are contributing to the sustainable development goals set by the UN.

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