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