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Expanding alternative protein accelerator programs

More alternative protein capacity—different geographies, expertise, and programming—is needed in the incubator and accelerator landscape to de-risk venture capital investment.

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Solution category
  • Commercial
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Value chain segment
  • Investment
Technology sector
Relevant actor
  • Industry
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Maturity level
  • 3 – Widespread proliferation

Description

Incubators and accelerators are key elements within the startup ecosystem and play an important role in de-risking venture capital investment. Alternative protein startups have gained entry to some of the top startup accelerators (like Y Combinator and IndieBio), but more capacity is needed. The sector needs additional accelerators in many geographies (see this map) with different expertise and specialized programming—either stand-alone programs or dedicated verticals. Further, corporations, and in particular large food, crop sciences, and life sciences companies, can open up excess infrastructure to incubate startups.

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Expanding corporate investment capabilities within strategic industry partners

Corporations can build out venture capital arms—including building dedicated incubators and opening their facilities—to facilitate strategic partnerships.

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Deal flow and fundraising platform for investors beyond the impact investment community

Investment platforms are needed for deal flow and coordinating hand-offs from pre-seed (angels and accelerators), seed/early-stage, and growth/later-stage investors and acquirers.

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Industry workshops, courses, and training programs

The alternative protein industry has a significant need for workers and innovators with specialized knowledge spanning multiple traditional disciplines. However, since few universities offer alternative protein majors or dedicated subject…

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