Alternative Proteins

Venture capital financing into alternative protein start-ups almost doubled in 2019 to just over $1 billion – which includes seed through to late stage – rising dramatically from the $516 million raised in 2018.
With agribusiness giant Cargill set to launch its own plant-based burger patties in April 2020 to compete with Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, the nascent subsector could be in for another record breaking year.
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Lever VC’s alt-protein fund attracts majority Asian investors as regional interest increases

Founder Nick Cooney says Asian family offices provided 70% of the $23m already raised towards a $50m target, as Asian governments introduce incentives to support investment into the alternative protein space.
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LP interest in alt-proteins undiminished by coronavirus – Big Idea Ventures

Big Idea Ventures' portfolio companies have also fared well on the fundraising trail, as the firm plots a successor $250m vehicle to its debut $50m fund.
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Why CPPIB’s ag investment pivot is a savvy move

The Canadian pension fund has launched a new strategy to access the budding landscape of agtech companies emerging across the value chain.
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Trendlines bets on insect farming waste industry

Insectta has developed technology that can extract chitosan from insect waste, an antimicrobial ingredient used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
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Climate risk analysis gains new ground

The practice of voluntarily conducting and disclosing climate-related financial risk analysis is in its early days, but awareness and engagement are gathering pace.

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