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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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.
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.
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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