Alternative Protein Solutions Database
Discover ideas for new startups, commercial ventures and products, research projects, ecosystem support, and investment opportunities for plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived proteins.
|Opportunity||Production platform||Value chain segment||Technology sector||End product focus||Relevant actor||Maturity level||Solution category||Topic|
Scientist / engineer outreach and education
To expand the technical talent pipeline, various players in the alternative protein field should reach out to scientists and engineers in relevant disciplines (e.g., biotech, biopharma, and food science) to…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Workforce||Species-agnostic||Academics Donors GFI Industry NGO’s Policymakers Startups||Ecosystem|
Repurposing and retrofitting facilities for use in alternative protein manufacturing
The manufacturing capacity for rapid and cost-effective scale-up of alternative protein production is a current constraint on the growth of the industry. Repurposing and retrofitting stranded or underutilized assets such…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Business Services Production Raw Materials, Ingredients, & Inputs||Bioprocess design End product formulation & manufacturing||Species-agnostic||Academics Donors GFI Industry NGO’s Policymakers Startups||Commercial Ecosystem Policy Research||Industry Policy|
Plant-based category marketing
Interest in plant-based products is growing, but many consumers still express skepticism about plant protein foods, or simply lack familiarity with the category. Category marketing campaigns to promote plant-based and…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Demand Generation Distribution Channels End Products||Seafood-relevant||Donors Industry NGO’s Policymakers Startups||Commercial Ecosystem Policy||Industry Policy|
Plant-based protein makerspaces
Plant-based protein makerspaces would be publicly available spaces where interested members of the public could learn, experiment, and work collaboratively on projects related to plant-based proteins. They could offer access…
|Plant-Based||R&D Workforce||Crop development End product formulation & manufacturing Ingredient optimization||Species-agnostic||Academics Donors GFI Industry NGO’s Startups||Ecosystem Research||Science|
Cultivated meat makerspaces to promote public engagement
Both the cultivated meat industry and interested members of the general public would benefit from the creation of makerspaces focused on cultivated meat. These would be publicly available spaces where…
|Cultivated||R&D Workforce||Bioprocess design Cell culture media Cell line development Scaffolding||Species-agnostic||Academics Donors GFI Industry NGO’s Startups||Ecosystem Research||Science|
Building interdisciplinary university research centers of excellence
Interdisciplinary research is essential for tackling many of the complex problems facing today’s world. Though the number of research projects advancing alternative protein science has increased in recent years, this…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||R&D Workforce||Species-agnostic||Academics Donors Industry NGO’s Policymakers Startups||2 – Early adoption||Ecosystem||Industry Policy Science|
Establishing student groups at key universities
Universities are epicenters for creative problem-solving and cutting-edge research advancements, and they can serve as engines for interdisciplinary innovation. However, this potential is not being tapped fully by the alternative…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Demand Generation R&D Workforce||Species-agnostic||Academics Donors GFI NGO’s||Ecosystem|
Building workforce capacity through vocational programs
Given the strong and persistent growth in alternative protein production, the industry has a pressing need for a trained workforce. Technical colleges should establish programs to help train the next…
|Cultivated Fermentation Plant-Based||Business Services Workforce||Species-agnostic||Academics Donors GFI NGO’s Policymakers Startups||1 – Inception||Commercial Ecosystem||Industry Policy Science|
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