USD$125K Cash Investment & USD$75K
5 months office space in New York
We invest up to USD$3.5M+ follow on funding for our top performing companies
What Our Founders Have To Say
About The Program
As the world’s leading alternative protein investor, Big Idea Ventures accelerator, network, and hands-on approach were instrumental to our growth as a startup and the development of our Cultured Caviar product.
Big Idea Ventures was the first large venture fund to invest in Meat.The End, a move which was later followed by additional investment funds globally.
From the day of the first investment, up until today, the entire BIV team has always been incredibly professional and committed to the company’s success, always available to assist in each and every question and request – in all fields of the company’s operations. Throughout the shared journey, they have always provided the feeling of having a dedicated, trustworthy partner.
Andrew, BIV’s founder and managing partner fully understands the entrepreneurial spirit, always cutting the right balance between pushing, encouraging, sending funds and making the right connections when necessary, and I can uncompromisingly say that he has been the perfect partner.
We found the program at Big Idea Ventures to be an exceptional program for people who want to disrupt the alternative food industry – and are happy to say that in our experience with BIV, the founders always come first! We tell every start-up founder in our network with the next big idea to apply for their accelerator. The BIV team of partners and directors go above and beyond to unlock a founder’s potential. They work closely with founders to turn dreams into reality.
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Some Of The Amazing Mentors
You Will Get To Meet Through The Program
Isha Joshi is a research-driven scientist who loves being at the forefront of emerging food technologies. As the Director of Product Innovation at KitchenTown, she leads a team of food scientists to develop best-in-class products with a key focus on texture development. With a strong background in the plant protein space, Isha’s career lends itself to a range of experiences including plant-based ingredient companies (Ingredion), alt-protein ingredient companies (EVERY), and CPG giants like Beyond Meat. An author of a few published patents, her work in novel proteins garners industry attention and establishes her expertise in the food science world.
David Postolski is a senior partner at Gearhart Law. David is a registered patent attorney and Intellectual property (IP) attorney. David specializes in assisting inventors, creators,
artists, start-ups, entrepreneurs, early-stage companies, and emerging companies with their U.S and international IP strategy, protection, enforcement, and monetization. David is a frequent speaker and author on emerging IP issues and technologies, such as food science, NFT’s, raising capital, business formation, licensing, and equity-based crowdfunding. David is also a Professor at Temple University, Parsons School of Design and the Radzyner Law School (Herzliya, Israel) where he teaches master-level students about IP, ethics, and other regulatory considerations. David is a current Council Member of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, founder of their International Action Group, and editor of their monthly newsletter, and the outgoing Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Officer. David currently serves on Harvard’s Lemann Entrepreneurial Program Advisory Board.
With over 20 years in the hospitality industry, from bussing tables to ownership, Alex Gould has mastered his craft of understanding the industry and more importantly his talent of capturing what drives people. Curious to expand his mind and palate, Alex spent the last 15 years traveling the country working alongside some of the world’s most innovative chefs and restaurateurs. Throughout this process, he noted the challenges families and the world face sustaining and sourcing quality food. He is currently Vice President at Protis Global, a leading global search firm in the Consumer Goods industry.
Your Tentative Schedule During The Accelerator
Refine Strategy and Prioritize Operations
Market research, positioning, branding
Grow your company through the program
Legal and accounting
Close pilots, line up bigger deals
Story-telling, deck-creation, compile diligence
GO TO MARKET / GROWTH PLAN
Figure out fastest path to revenue
Refine product, line up basics (regulatory, insurance, etc.)
Get in front of investors
Line up suppliers, manufacturing, shipping, etc.
Market research, positioning, branding
Ongoing access to network, expertise, ad hoc needs