2021 FoodTech Cohorts Explored 📈 A closer look at the latest batches of startups across 6 AgriFoodTech Accelerators

2021 FoodTech Cohorts Explored 📈 A closer look at the latest batches of startups across 6 AgriFoodTech Accelerators

By
Arman Anatürk
April 12, 2021

Spring, the time when fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and warmer temperatures arrive. Also a time when seemingly all accelerators announce their selected cohorts. 

With FoodTech startups taking up a larger chunk of accelerator interest each year - we decided to take a closer look at 6 accelerators / incubators and their FoodTech cohorts to see if we could spot any patterns.

🤷‍♂️ Firstly - why attend an accelerator / incubator?

In short - to fast track the growth of your business through a specialised programme targeted for startups at your stage, and sometimes in your specific field (i.e. ProVeg incubator which is solely for alternative protein startups).

Accelerators give startups access to a plethora of tools, training, resources, mentors, network and more - all in a short period of time (often 2 to 4 months).

Some accelerators even come with cash prizes for the top startups - like Switzerland's Masschallenge that offers up to CHF 1M in non-dilutive cash prizes and other in-kind awards. Others will directly invest into your business - like Y Combinator ($125k in return for 7%) and Rockstart Agrifood, the part accelerator / part €18+ million fund focused on AgriFood startups.

❓Should you apply to an accelerator / incubator? 

Depends. If training, mentors, industry contacts, media exposure, potential funding, etc. sounds like what your startup needs at that given moment - then yes. But bare in mind, accelerators / incubators demand quite a bit of time, and ideally they're attended by the founders (who usually are short on time). See here why these 3 startups took part in an AgriFood accelerator and how its helped.

👀 The Accelerator / Incubators we looked at:

StartLife (Netherlands), Masschallenge (Switzerland), ProVeg Incubator (Germany), Y Combinator (USA). +Impact (Sweden), SparkLabs Cultiv8 (Australia).

💡 What we found?

  1. All are working on high-impact technology. Changing our food production systems to make them more sustainable and feed the growing population.
  2. Plenty are working on alt-protein.
  3. Some are reducing waste by repurposing it, or packaging food differently so we don’t waste it in the first place.
  4. Many are working on agricultural solutions to help overcome the impacts of climate change.

Netherlands-based StartLife has been around since 2010 and supports foodtech and agtech startups across the world. StartLife offers startups a €25k pre-seed loan after successful completion of its 12-week program. 

2021 cohort:

🧫CellulaREvolution (UK) – creator of continuous cell-culturing technologies. These have a hugely beneficial impact on the yield, efficiency and cost of cultivated food production.

🐟Revo Foods (Austria) – producing plant-based seafood with 3D food printing. Unlike conventional seafood, this plant-based version contains no heavy metals, antibiotics, does not contribute to plastic pollution and is far less carbon-intensive to produce.

🌾Blomitec (Netherlands) – breeding disease-resistant crops to ensure sustainable food production.

+ PLUS Metabolic Insights (Israel), Enzymit (Israel), Sera Intelligence (Switzerland), Cano-ela (Netherlands) and Helia Biomonitoring (Netherlands).

Germany-based ProVeg Incubator has been around since 2018 and supports mission-driven, pioneering companies across the world that are developing disruptive alternatives to animal-based products. ProVeg Incubator typically offers startups a €20k grant and a 3-month program, with the possibility of up to an extra €180k of investment in exchange for 9% equity. 

2021 cohort:

🐕 Omni (UK) - a plant-based D2C pet food company producing nutritionally complete, sustainable products that promote pet health.

🍑 Kern Tec (Austria) - processes discarded fruit pits to develop high-value raw materials for dairy and other plant-based alternatives.

🌱ProMeat (India) - a clean-label, plant-based chicken company combining the use of cutting-edge electrospinning technology with ingredients from indigenous and underutilised crops.

 

+ PLUS Eggfield (Switzerland), Asanté (Mexico), Kinoko Labs (Germany), Nøko (France), Root Kitchen (UK) and Bidifice (Chile).

US-based Y-Combinator has been around since 2005 and supports all kinds of tech startups across the globe. The prestigious, intensive 3-month program invests $125k on a post-money safe in return for 7% of the company when the safe converts.

2021 cohort:

🥩 Orbillion Bio (US) - the Y-combinator's first cell-cultured meat investment. It's focused on cultivating premium cuts like wagyu, wild elk, lamb, and bison.

🤖 Fountain9 (India) - it’s AI-powered technology helps food brands and retailers to reduce food wastage and improve product availability by predicting their future inventory needs.

🚢 Mezli (US) - designers of fully-autonomous shipping-container restaurants that serve delicious, affordable meals for takeout and delivery

+ PLUS 317 others, here's the full list.

MassChallenge Switzerland has been around since 2016 and supports startups from any industry across Europe. MassChallenge Switzerland offers startups the opportunity to compete for up to CHF1M in non-dilutive cash prizes, alongside world-class mentoring and tailored programming.

2021 cohort:

🌿Sophie’s BioNutrients (Singapore) – just unveiled its first 100% plant-based burger patty created from single-cell microalgae, which claims to have more protein than commercially-sold beef or most fish.

🍻Circular Food Technology (Denmark) – upcycling brewers’ spent grains into food products rich in plant-based proteins. A circular approach which should help to eliminate waste byproducts.

🥕Anina Culinary Art (Israel) – creating unique RTC meal capsules which are 100% natural, rich in vegetables and nutrients, and are made from fresh "ugly" produce.

 

+ PLUS Fotortec (Chile), Plant Jammer (Denmark) and Sungenomics (US).

Nordic-based +Impact has been around since 2014 and supports foodtech and agtech startups across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. +Impact’s program is equity free, co-designed by experts from WeWork Labs, RISE and Danske Bank, and offers two months of office space at WeWork Labs.

 

2021 cohort:

🥫Innoscentia (Sweden) - developers of sensor-based food labels to monitor freshness in real-time. These should help to reduce food spoilage and food waste when compared to traditional expiry date estimations.

🐟Hooked Seafood (Sweden) - creators of the world’s first shredded plant-based salmon. On a mission to provide a delicious fish experience,  'packed with protein but without the mercury, the overfishing and the badness'.

🥤PlasticFri™ (Sweden) - revolutionary technology offering plant-based and eco-friendly products to replace fossil-based plastics.

+ PLUS Agrain by Circular Food Technology (Denmark), Kitchenswaps® (Denmark), Green Planet Astronauts (Finland), Probitat (Finland), To Ghost (Norway), Peas of Heaven (Sweden), TrusTrace (Sweden), Oatlaws (Sweden), MEAL MAKERS (Sweden), Volta Greentech (Sweden), Skira (Sweden), INIKA Superfoods (Sweden) and Klimato (Sweden).

Australia-based SparkLabs Cultiv8 has been around since 2018 and is designed to enable entrepreneurs from all over the world to prototype, scale and commercialize their products to meet the increasing needs of Asian consumers. SparkLabs Cultiv8 also offers seed funding of up to AUD100k.

 

2021 cohort:

🍯MeliBio (US) – the first player to develop ethical and sustainable real animal-free honey. It uses proprietary technology based on synthetic biology, precision fermentation, and plant science to replace honeybees as a medium for honey production, and is aiming to disrupt the $9.2B honey market.

🥤StenCo LLC (US) – every single year we produce 380 million tons of plastic, and remnants find their way to our ocean floors. StenCo is tackling this with a breathable, biodegradable coating system that is set to revolutionise the packaging industry.

💸Greener (Australia) - an app that helps people repair the planet with every dollar they spend by helping consumers find trusted green brands.

+ PLUS Agriforte (Australia), Future Feed (Australia), HFS (Australia), Nano-Soils (Australia) and Salicrop (Australia).

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Spring, the time when fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and warmer temperatures arrive. Also a time when seemingly all accelerators announce their selected cohorts. 

With FoodTech startups taking up a larger chunk of accelerator interest each year - we decided to take a closer look at 6 accelerators / incubators and their FoodTech cohorts to see if we could spot any patterns.

🤷‍♂️ Firstly - why attend an accelerator / incubator?

In short - to fast track the growth of your business through a specialised programme targeted for startups at your stage, and sometimes in your specific field (i.e. ProVeg incubator which is solely for alternative protein startups).

Accelerators give startups access to a plethora of tools, training, resources, mentors, network and more - all in a short period of time (often 2 to 4 months).

Some accelerators even come with cash prizes for the top startups - like Switzerland's Masschallenge that offers up to CHF 1M in non-dilutive cash prizes and other in-kind awards. Others will directly invest into your business - like Y Combinator ($125k in return for 7%) and Rockstart Agrifood, the part accelerator / part €18+ million fund focused on AgriFood startups.

❓Should you apply to an accelerator / incubator? 

Depends. If training, mentors, industry contacts, media exposure, potential funding, etc. sounds like what your startup needs at that given moment - then yes. But bare in mind, accelerators / incubators demand quite a bit of time, and ideally they're attended by the founders (who usually are short on time). See here why these 3 startups took part in an AgriFood accelerator and how its helped.

👀 The Accelerator / Incubators we looked at:

StartLife (Netherlands), Masschallenge (Switzerland), ProVeg Incubator (Germany), Y Combinator (USA). +Impact (Sweden), SparkLabs Cultiv8 (Australia).

💡 What we found?

  1. All are working on high-impact technology. Changing our food production systems to make them more sustainable and feed the growing population.
  2. Plenty are working on alt-protein.
  3. Some are reducing waste by repurposing it, or packaging food differently so we don’t waste it in the first place.
  4. Many are working on agricultural solutions to help overcome the impacts of climate change.

Netherlands-based StartLife has been around since 2010 and supports foodtech and agtech startups across the world. StartLife offers startups a €25k pre-seed loan after successful completion of its 12-week program. 

2021 cohort:

🧫CellulaREvolution (UK) – creator of continuous cell-culturing technologies. These have a hugely beneficial impact on the yield, efficiency and cost of cultivated food production.

🐟Revo Foods (Austria) – producing plant-based seafood with 3D food printing. Unlike conventional seafood, this plant-based version contains no heavy metals, antibiotics, does not contribute to plastic pollution and is far less carbon-intensive to produce.

🌾Blomitec (Netherlands) – breeding disease-resistant crops to ensure sustainable food production.

+ PLUS Metabolic Insights (Israel), Enzymit (Israel), Sera Intelligence (Switzerland), Cano-ela (Netherlands) and Helia Biomonitoring (Netherlands).

Germany-based ProVeg Incubator has been around since 2018 and supports mission-driven, pioneering companies across the world that are developing disruptive alternatives to animal-based products. ProVeg Incubator typically offers startups a €20k grant and a 3-month program, with the possibility of up to an extra €180k of investment in exchange for 9% equity. 

2021 cohort:

🐕 Omni (UK) - a plant-based D2C pet food company producing nutritionally complete, sustainable products that promote pet health.

🍑 Kern Tec (Austria) - processes discarded fruit pits to develop high-value raw materials for dairy and other plant-based alternatives.

🌱ProMeat (India) - a clean-label, plant-based chicken company combining the use of cutting-edge electrospinning technology with ingredients from indigenous and underutilised crops.

 

+ PLUS Eggfield (Switzerland), Asanté (Mexico), Kinoko Labs (Germany), Nøko (France), Root Kitchen (UK) and Bidifice (Chile).

US-based Y-Combinator has been around since 2005 and supports all kinds of tech startups across the globe. The prestigious, intensive 3-month program invests $125k on a post-money safe in return for 7% of the company when the safe converts.

2021 cohort:

🥩 Orbillion Bio (US) - the Y-combinator's first cell-cultured meat investment. It's focused on cultivating premium cuts like wagyu, wild elk, lamb, and bison.

🤖 Fountain9 (India) - it’s AI-powered technology helps food brands and retailers to reduce food wastage and improve product availability by predicting their future inventory needs.

🚢 Mezli (US) - designers of fully-autonomous shipping-container restaurants that serve delicious, affordable meals for takeout and delivery

+ PLUS 317 others, here's the full list.

MassChallenge Switzerland has been around since 2016 and supports startups from any industry across Europe. MassChallenge Switzerland offers startups the opportunity to compete for up to CHF1M in non-dilutive cash prizes, alongside world-class mentoring and tailored programming.

2021 cohort:

🌿Sophie’s BioNutrients (Singapore) – just unveiled its first 100% plant-based burger patty created from single-cell microalgae, which claims to have more protein than commercially-sold beef or most fish.

🍻Circular Food Technology (Denmark) – upcycling brewers’ spent grains into food products rich in plant-based proteins. A circular approach which should help to eliminate waste byproducts.

🥕Anina Culinary Art (Israel) – creating unique RTC meal capsules which are 100% natural, rich in vegetables and nutrients, and are made from fresh "ugly" produce.

 

+ PLUS Fotortec (Chile), Plant Jammer (Denmark) and Sungenomics (US).

Nordic-based +Impact has been around since 2014 and supports foodtech and agtech startups across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. +Impact’s program is equity free, co-designed by experts from WeWork Labs, RISE and Danske Bank, and offers two months of office space at WeWork Labs.

 

2021 cohort:

🥫Innoscentia (Sweden) - developers of sensor-based food labels to monitor freshness in real-time. These should help to reduce food spoilage and food waste when compared to traditional expiry date estimations.

🐟Hooked Seafood (Sweden) - creators of the world’s first shredded plant-based salmon. On a mission to provide a delicious fish experience,  'packed with protein but without the mercury, the overfishing and the badness'.

🥤PlasticFri™ (Sweden) - revolutionary technology offering plant-based and eco-friendly products to replace fossil-based plastics.

+ PLUS Agrain by Circular Food Technology (Denmark), Kitchenswaps® (Denmark), Green Planet Astronauts (Finland), Probitat (Finland), To Ghost (Norway), Peas of Heaven (Sweden), TrusTrace (Sweden), Oatlaws (Sweden), MEAL MAKERS (Sweden), Volta Greentech (Sweden), Skira (Sweden), INIKA Superfoods (Sweden) and Klimato (Sweden).

Australia-based SparkLabs Cultiv8 has been around since 2018 and is designed to enable entrepreneurs from all over the world to prototype, scale and commercialize their products to meet the increasing needs of Asian consumers. SparkLabs Cultiv8 also offers seed funding of up to AUD100k.

 

2021 cohort:

🍯MeliBio (US) – the first player to develop ethical and sustainable real animal-free honey. It uses proprietary technology based on synthetic biology, precision fermentation, and plant science to replace honeybees as a medium for honey production, and is aiming to disrupt the $9.2B honey market.

🥤StenCo LLC (US) – every single year we produce 380 million tons of plastic, and remnants find their way to our ocean floors. StenCo is tackling this with a breathable, biodegradable coating system that is set to revolutionise the packaging industry.

💸Greener (Australia) - an app that helps people repair the planet with every dollar they spend by helping consumers find trusted green brands.

+ PLUS Agriforte (Australia), Future Feed (Australia), HFS (Australia), Nano-Soils (Australia) and Salicrop (Australia).

Spring, the time when fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and warmer temperatures arrive. Also a time when seemingly all accelerators announce their selected cohorts. 

With FoodTech startups taking up a larger chunk of accelerator interest each year - we decided to take a closer look at 6 accelerators / incubators and their FoodTech cohorts to see if we could spot any patterns.

🤷‍♂️ Firstly - why attend an accelerator / incubator?

In short - to fast track the growth of your business through a specialised programme targeted for startups at your stage, and sometimes in your specific field (i.e. ProVeg incubator which is solely for alternative protein startups).

Accelerators give startups access to a plethora of tools, training, resources, mentors, network and more - all in a short period of time (often 2 to 4 months).

Some accelerators even come with cash prizes for the top startups - like Switzerland's Masschallenge that offers up to CHF 1M in non-dilutive cash prizes and other in-kind awards. Others will directly invest into your business - like Y Combinator ($125k in return for 7%) and Rockstart Agrifood, the part accelerator / part €18+ million fund focused on AgriFood startups.

❓Should you apply to an accelerator / incubator? 

Depends. If training, mentors, industry contacts, media exposure, potential funding, etc. sounds like what your startup needs at that given moment - then yes. But bare in mind, accelerators / incubators demand quite a bit of time, and ideally they're attended by the founders (who usually are short on time). See here why these 3 startups took part in an AgriFood accelerator and how its helped.

👀 The Accelerator / Incubators we looked at:

StartLife (Netherlands), Masschallenge (Switzerland), ProVeg Incubator (Germany), Y Combinator (USA). +Impact (Sweden), SparkLabs Cultiv8 (Australia).

💡 What we found?

  1. All are working on high-impact technology. Changing our food production systems to make them more sustainable and feed the growing population.
  2. Plenty are working on alt-protein.
  3. Some are reducing waste by repurposing it, or packaging food differently so we don’t waste it in the first place.
  4. Many are working on agricultural solutions to help overcome the impacts of climate change.

Netherlands-based StartLife has been around since 2010 and supports foodtech and agtech startups across the world. StartLife offers startups a €25k pre-seed loan after successful completion of its 12-week program. 

2021 cohort:

🧫CellulaREvolution (UK) – creator of continuous cell-culturing technologies. These have a hugely beneficial impact on the yield, efficiency and cost of cultivated food production.

🐟Revo Foods (Austria) – producing plant-based seafood with 3D food printing. Unlike conventional seafood, this plant-based version contains no heavy metals, antibiotics, does not contribute to plastic pollution and is far less carbon-intensive to produce.

🌾Blomitec (Netherlands) – breeding disease-resistant crops to ensure sustainable food production.

+ PLUS Metabolic Insights (Israel), Enzymit (Israel), Sera Intelligence (Switzerland), Cano-ela (Netherlands) and Helia Biomonitoring (Netherlands).

Germany-based ProVeg Incubator has been around since 2018 and supports mission-driven, pioneering companies across the world that are developing disruptive alternatives to animal-based products. ProVeg Incubator typically offers startups a €20k grant and a 3-month program, with the possibility of up to an extra €180k of investment in exchange for 9% equity. 

2021 cohort:

🐕 Omni (UK) - a plant-based D2C pet food company producing nutritionally complete, sustainable products that promote pet health.

🍑 Kern Tec (Austria) - processes discarded fruit pits to develop high-value raw materials for dairy and other plant-based alternatives.

🌱ProMeat (India) - a clean-label, plant-based chicken company combining the use of cutting-edge electrospinning technology with ingredients from indigenous and underutilised crops.

 

+ PLUS Eggfield (Switzerland), Asanté (Mexico), Kinoko Labs (Germany), Nøko (France), Root Kitchen (UK) and Bidifice (Chile).

US-based Y-Combinator has been around since 2005 and supports all kinds of tech startups across the globe. The prestigious, intensive 3-month program invests $125k on a post-money safe in return for 7% of the company when the safe converts.

2021 cohort:

🥩 Orbillion Bio (US) - the Y-combinator's first cell-cultured meat investment. It's focused on cultivating premium cuts like wagyu, wild elk, lamb, and bison.

🤖 Fountain9 (India) - it’s AI-powered technology helps food brands and retailers to reduce food wastage and improve product availability by predicting their future inventory needs.

🚢 Mezli (US) - designers of fully-autonomous shipping-container restaurants that serve delicious, affordable meals for takeout and delivery

+ PLUS 317 others, here's the full list.

MassChallenge Switzerland has been around since 2016 and supports startups from any industry across Europe. MassChallenge Switzerland offers startups the opportunity to compete for up to CHF1M in non-dilutive cash prizes, alongside world-class mentoring and tailored programming.

2021 cohort:

🌿Sophie’s BioNutrients (Singapore) – just unveiled its first 100% plant-based burger patty created from single-cell microalgae, which claims to have more protein than commercially-sold beef or most fish.

🍻Circular Food Technology (Denmark) – upcycling brewers’ spent grains into food products rich in plant-based proteins. A circular approach which should help to eliminate waste byproducts.

🥕Anina Culinary Art (Israel) – creating unique RTC meal capsules which are 100% natural, rich in vegetables and nutrients, and are made from fresh "ugly" produce.

 

+ PLUS Fotortec (Chile), Plant Jammer (Denmark) and Sungenomics (US).

Nordic-based +Impact has been around since 2014 and supports foodtech and agtech startups across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. +Impact’s program is equity free, co-designed by experts from WeWork Labs, RISE and Danske Bank, and offers two months of office space at WeWork Labs.

 

2021 cohort:

🥫Innoscentia (Sweden) - developers of sensor-based food labels to monitor freshness in real-time. These should help to reduce food spoilage and food waste when compared to traditional expiry date estimations.

🐟Hooked Seafood (Sweden) - creators of the world’s first shredded plant-based salmon. On a mission to provide a delicious fish experience,  'packed with protein but without the mercury, the overfishing and the badness'.

🥤PlasticFri™ (Sweden) - revolutionary technology offering plant-based and eco-friendly products to replace fossil-based plastics.

+ PLUS Agrain by Circular Food Technology (Denmark), Kitchenswaps® (Denmark), Green Planet Astronauts (Finland), Probitat (Finland), To Ghost (Norway), Peas of Heaven (Sweden), TrusTrace (Sweden), Oatlaws (Sweden), MEAL MAKERS (Sweden), Volta Greentech (Sweden), Skira (Sweden), INIKA Superfoods (Sweden) and Klimato (Sweden).

Australia-based SparkLabs Cultiv8 has been around since 2018 and is designed to enable entrepreneurs from all over the world to prototype, scale and commercialize their products to meet the increasing needs of Asian consumers. SparkLabs Cultiv8 also offers seed funding of up to AUD100k.

 

2021 cohort:

🍯MeliBio (US) – the first player to develop ethical and sustainable real animal-free honey. It uses proprietary technology based on synthetic biology, precision fermentation, and plant science to replace honeybees as a medium for honey production, and is aiming to disrupt the $9.2B honey market.

🥤StenCo LLC (US) – every single year we produce 380 million tons of plastic, and remnants find their way to our ocean floors. StenCo is tackling this with a breathable, biodegradable coating system that is set to revolutionise the packaging industry.

💸Greener (Australia) - an app that helps people repair the planet with every dollar they spend by helping consumers find trusted green brands.

+ PLUS Agriforte (Australia), Future Feed (Australia), HFS (Australia), Nano-Soils (Australia) and Salicrop (Australia).

Spring, the time when fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and warmer temperatures arrive. Also a time when seemingly all accelerators announce their selected cohorts. 

With FoodTech startups taking up a larger chunk of accelerator interest each year - we decided to take a closer look at 6 accelerators / incubators and their FoodTech cohorts to see if we could spot any patterns.

🤷‍♂️ Firstly - why attend an accelerator / incubator?

In short - to fast track the growth of your business through a specialised programme targeted for startups at your stage, and sometimes in your specific field (i.e. ProVeg incubator which is solely for alternative protein startups).

Accelerators give startups access to a plethora of tools, training, resources, mentors, network and more - all in a short period of time (often 2 to 4 months).

Some accelerators even come with cash prizes for the top startups - like Switzerland's Masschallenge that offers up to CHF 1M in non-dilutive cash prizes and other in-kind awards. Others will directly invest into your business - like Y Combinator ($125k in return for 7%) and Rockstart Agrifood, the part accelerator / part €18+ million fund focused on AgriFood startups.

❓Should you apply to an accelerator / incubator? 

Depends. If training, mentors, industry contacts, media exposure, potential funding, etc. sounds like what your startup needs at that given moment - then yes. But bare in mind, accelerators / incubators demand quite a bit of time, and ideally they're attended by the founders (who usually are short on time). See here why these 3 startups took part in an AgriFood accelerator and how its helped.

👀 The Accelerator / Incubators we looked at:

StartLife (Netherlands), Masschallenge (Switzerland), ProVeg Incubator (Germany), Y Combinator (USA). +Impact (Sweden), SparkLabs Cultiv8 (Australia).

💡 What we found?

  1. All are working on high-impact technology. Changing our food production systems to make them more sustainable and feed the growing population.
  2. Plenty are working on alt-protein.
  3. Some are reducing waste by repurposing it, or packaging food differently so we don’t waste it in the first place.
  4. Many are working on agricultural solutions to help overcome the impacts of climate change.

Netherlands-based StartLife has been around since 2010 and supports foodtech and agtech startups across the world. StartLife offers startups a €25k pre-seed loan after successful completion of its 12-week program. 

2021 cohort:

🧫CellulaREvolution (UK) – creator of continuous cell-culturing technologies. These have a hugely beneficial impact on the yield, efficiency and cost of cultivated food production.

🐟Revo Foods (Austria) – producing plant-based seafood with 3D food printing. Unlike conventional seafood, this plant-based version contains no heavy metals, antibiotics, does not contribute to plastic pollution and is far less carbon-intensive to produce.

🌾Blomitec (Netherlands) – breeding disease-resistant crops to ensure sustainable food production.

+ PLUS Metabolic Insights (Israel), Enzymit (Israel), Sera Intelligence (Switzerland), Cano-ela (Netherlands) and Helia Biomonitoring (Netherlands).

Germany-based ProVeg Incubator has been around since 2018 and supports mission-driven, pioneering companies across the world that are developing disruptive alternatives to animal-based products. ProVeg Incubator typically offers startups a €20k grant and a 3-month program, with the possibility of up to an extra €180k of investment in exchange for 9% equity. 

2021 cohort:

🐕 Omni (UK) - a plant-based D2C pet food company producing nutritionally complete, sustainable products that promote pet health.

🍑 Kern Tec (Austria) - processes discarded fruit pits to develop high-value raw materials for dairy and other plant-based alternatives.

🌱ProMeat (India) - a clean-label, plant-based chicken company combining the use of cutting-edge electrospinning technology with ingredients from indigenous and underutilised crops.

 

+ PLUS Eggfield (Switzerland), Asanté (Mexico), Kinoko Labs (Germany), Nøko (France), Root Kitchen (UK) and Bidifice (Chile).

US-based Y-Combinator has been around since 2005 and supports all kinds of tech startups across the globe. The prestigious, intensive 3-month program invests $125k on a post-money safe in return for 7% of the company when the safe converts.

2021 cohort:

🥩 Orbillion Bio (US) - the Y-combinator's first cell-cultured meat investment. It's focused on cultivating premium cuts like wagyu, wild elk, lamb, and bison.

🤖 Fountain9 (India) - it’s AI-powered technology helps food brands and retailers to reduce food wastage and improve product availability by predicting their future inventory needs.

🚢 Mezli (US) - designers of fully-autonomous shipping-container restaurants that serve delicious, affordable meals for takeout and delivery

+ PLUS 317 others, here's the full list.

MassChallenge Switzerland has been around since 2016 and supports startups from any industry across Europe. MassChallenge Switzerland offers startups the opportunity to compete for up to CHF1M in non-dilutive cash prizes, alongside world-class mentoring and tailored programming.

2021 cohort:

🌿Sophie’s BioNutrients (Singapore) – just unveiled its first 100% plant-based burger patty created from single-cell microalgae, which claims to have more protein than commercially-sold beef or most fish.

🍻Circular Food Technology (Denmark) – upcycling brewers’ spent grains into food products rich in plant-based proteins. A circular approach which should help to eliminate waste byproducts.

🥕Anina Culinary Art (Israel) – creating unique RTC meal capsules which are 100% natural, rich in vegetables and nutrients, and are made from fresh "ugly" produce.

 

+ PLUS Fotortec (Chile), Plant Jammer (Denmark) and Sungenomics (US).

Nordic-based +Impact has been around since 2014 and supports foodtech and agtech startups across Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. +Impact’s program is equity free, co-designed by experts from WeWork Labs, RISE and Danske Bank, and offers two months of office space at WeWork Labs.

 

2021 cohort:

🥫Innoscentia (Sweden) - developers of sensor-based food labels to monitor freshness in real-time. These should help to reduce food spoilage and food waste when compared to traditional expiry date estimations.

🐟Hooked Seafood (Sweden) - creators of the world’s first shredded plant-based salmon. On a mission to provide a delicious fish experience,  'packed with protein but without the mercury, the overfishing and the badness'.

🥤PlasticFri™ (Sweden) - revolutionary technology offering plant-based and eco-friendly products to replace fossil-based plastics.

+ PLUS Agrain by Circular Food Technology (Denmark), Kitchenswaps® (Denmark), Green Planet Astronauts (Finland), Probitat (Finland), To Ghost (Norway), Peas of Heaven (Sweden), TrusTrace (Sweden), Oatlaws (Sweden), MEAL MAKERS (Sweden), Volta Greentech (Sweden), Skira (Sweden), INIKA Superfoods (Sweden) and Klimato (Sweden).

Australia-based SparkLabs Cultiv8 has been around since 2018 and is designed to enable entrepreneurs from all over the world to prototype, scale and commercialize their products to meet the increasing needs of Asian consumers. SparkLabs Cultiv8 also offers seed funding of up to AUD100k.

 

2021 cohort:

🍯MeliBio (US) – the first player to develop ethical and sustainable real animal-free honey. It uses proprietary technology based on synthetic biology, precision fermentation, and plant science to replace honeybees as a medium for honey production, and is aiming to disrupt the $9.2B honey market.

🥤StenCo LLC (US) – every single year we produce 380 million tons of plastic, and remnants find their way to our ocean floors. StenCo is tackling this with a breathable, biodegradable coating system that is set to revolutionise the packaging industry.

💸Greener (Australia) - an app that helps people repair the planet with every dollar they spend by helping consumers find trusted green brands.

+ PLUS Agriforte (Australia), Future Feed (Australia), HFS (Australia), Nano-Soils (Australia) and Salicrop (Australia).

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