Who We Are
Big Idea Ventures is solving the World’s Biggest Challenges by supporting the World’s Best Entrepreneurs. We’re a venture capital fund with startup accelerators in key locations, investing in and accelerating top performers in the new food space.
NEW PROTEIN FUND AND ACCELERATOR
Our first fund, The New Protein Fund I (size USD$50M), is investing in the most innovative companies working on plant-based meat, seafood and dairy products, cell-based meat, seafood and dairy products, as well as ingredients and technologies that facilitate the growth of these categories. We combine capital, mentorship and a strong ecosystem of partners to support and grow the world’s most compelling plant-based and cell-based alternative protein companies. If you are a young company focused on plant-based or cell-based foods, ingredients or technologies, apply here.
GENERATION FOOD FUND
Generation Food Fund I (size USD$250M) invests in Series A and later stage companies that will drive sustainability across the global food supply chain. With a focus on technologies to reduce plastics, carbon emissions, water and waste across the food chain, Generation Food will fuel the next generation of food technology companies that will transform the global food system. The fund will partner with the United Nations Development Programme to review portfolio companies for their sustainability impact both at the time of investment and at exit. If you are a later stage technology company in the food industry with the capability to reduce plastics, water, waste or carbon emissions, reach out here.
Our Limited Partners
We select our Limited Partners based on their leadership position and their ability to strategically contribute to our portfolio companies. We are the leader in our chosen stage and area of investment which ensures top quality deal flow and our ability to build the strongest coalition of global Limited Partners of our funds. If you are interested in investing, please reach out here.
Our Strategic Partners
We have and continue to build a consortium of trusted and valued partners that help our portfolio companies across all aspects of their business. These partners are a combination of corporate strategics, government departments, NGOs, family offices and business people who provide local and global expertise. If you have an interest in working more closely with Big Idea Ventures, contact us here.
New Protein Fund Accelerator
We invest USD$200K ($125K USD cash and $75K USD of in-kind value-adds) in the world’s best alternative protein companies twice per year. Over a 5 month period, we work side by side with our portfolio companies to help them prepare for massive growth and scale. Pre-Covid, our locations in New York City and Singapore allowed us to bring in world class mentors, advisors, investors, along with hungry customers. Post-Covid, we have given our portfolio companies more access to global mentors and investors, providing all of our companies with the industry connections they need to make sure their products can scale to match their global ambitions.
Our cohorts begin each January and July annually, exact date TBA.
We are evaluating a combination of virtual/physical activities for our next program. To join our next cohort, apply here.
Twice a year, we select the best alternative protein startups to undergo a rigorous 5-month accelerator program in New York City or Singapore. Through our program, we aim to help our companies break barriers on product development, scaling and distribution, market entry, channel development, pitching and fundraising. We make sure you have everything you need to succeed at scale both domestically and globally.
Having led other food accelerators, we went back to the drawing board and created a new approach to make sure you get the support you need to succeed. Our program combines capital and partnership in the form of mentor engagement, team building, peer support and access to an active network to help your company grow rapidly. Areas of focus include the whole spectrum of support for high growth food companies. Key areas of focus include those where young companies often have the toughest challenges. These areas of support include product improvement by leveraging on our in-house food scientists and also scaling production by bringing experts and partners in to support our portfolio companies.
EACH COMPANY RECEIVES
USD$125k Cash Investment & USD$75k
We will invest in the best companies, with the most innovative technologies, around the world and have already made investments in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Approximately half of our portfolio companies are led by female founders and our portfolio includes founders-of-colour as well. If you have a Minimum Viable Product in the plant-based or cell-based sector and would like support and funding, or are a later stage technology company in the food industry with the capability to reduce plastics, water, waste or carbon emissions, apply here.