Big Idea Ventures is solving the world’s biggest challenges by supporting the world’s best entrepreneurs.

Our Team

It takes more than funding to scale a company. The Big Idea Ventures team consist of subject matter experts that work side-by-side with founders to solve tough challenges, deliver feedback, and champion best practices in the space. Meet the team. We are founders, scientists, lawyers, operations experts, product managers, and researchers.

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Abby Lyall

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Andrew D. Ive

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Aaron Brodkey

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Christian Cadeo

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Dr. Dalal AlGhawas, PhD

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Elaine Yeo

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Kitty Liang

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Mao Yulin

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Dr. Matthew Zhao, PhD

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Mia Medicus

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Tom Mastrobuoni

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Yi Ting Loh

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Abby Lyall
Vice President

Abby is a Vice President for Big Idea Ventures in New York. Prior to this she was a Senior Associate and founding team member at Quake Capital, an industry agnostic VC and accelerator program with four locations across the US. She has previously founded a company in the edtech space.

She holds a degree in Finance and Data Science from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

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Andrew D. Ive
Founder/Managing General Partner

Andrew D. Ive, Founder and Managing General Partner, created Big Idea Ventures to solve the world’s biggest challenges by supporting the world’s best entrepreneurs. He has invested in more early stage / pre-seed food companies than any other investor worldwide. Investors in New Protein Fund I include a variety of investors such as Tyson Foods & Temasek.

Andrew serves on the Advisory Board for Tufts Nutrition Council, is a Friedman School Entrepreneurship Advisor, previously served on the Small Business Council Board of the Department of Trade and Industry advising the UK Government on entrepreneurship and high growth companies. A Harvard Business School graduate and Procter & Gamble brand management trained.

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Aaron Brodkey
Program Associate

Aaron is the Program Associate at Big Idea Ventures in New York. Previously, he worked at the University of Michigan, his alma mater, where he led marketing and designed sustainability initiatives for their food service enterprise, including a Plant-Forward Menus program. Before that he worked in plant-based and sustainable food startups in marketing and sales.

He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a Sustainable Food Systems concentration from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability.

 

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Christian Cadeo
Managing Partner, Asia

Christian is currently the Managing Partner, Asia for Big Idea Ventures. Prior to this he was a seasoned operator with experience in bringing US based startups to Asia. His first startup was at AdMob which was acquired by Google for US$750MM. The second startup was JUST where he was the 1st employee internationally. Recently he was at Domo where he joined pre-IPO as the 1st employee in Southeast Asia. The company IPO on NASDAQ in 2018. He also worked at Google and Microsoft.

He is attending the University of Oxford, Master of Science program.

Christian is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to scaling operations.

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Dr. Dalal AlGhawas, PhD
Program Director

Dr. Dalal is the Program Director for Big Idea Ventures in Singapore. Prior to this, she established the first Food Technology Accelerator Program in Hong Kong and collectively worked with global food tech startups, with special focus on plant-based protein alternatives, cellular-agriculture, sustainability, smart kitchen equipment, med-tech and Big Data and Software analytics. She has several publications in top tier peer reviewed journals including Lipids, Immunology & Plos One.

She has a PhD in Food Science and Food Biotechnology from University of Hong Kong, MSc Biomedical Sciences from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a BSc, Biomedical Sciences from The University of Manchester.

Dr. Dalal is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to food science.

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Elaine Yeo
Social Design Associate

Elaine is the Social Design Associate at Big Idea Ventures. She is responsible for managing the social presence of the fund and its portfolio companies, as well as outreach and engagement with various industry event partners and news agencies.

She holds a degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and will be attending Harvard University this fall for a Master’s in Regional Studies East Asia.

Elaine is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to social media, public relations, and marketing.

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Kitty Liang
Program Associate

Kitty is the Program Associate at Big Idea Ventures in New York. Previously, she worked at Quake Capital’s New York & LA offices, where she organised events, was in charge of design, university programs, and helped with accelerator operations.

She has a B.S in Management and Sustainable Business and a minor in Studio Art from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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Mao Yulin
Associate

Yulin is an Associate at Big Idea Ventures in Singapore. She works in Singapore and Shanghai to support our portfolio companies in Asia. Previously she worked in the strategy team at Cargill’s Singapore and Shanghai offices, where she helped with market entry and business development strategies in protein and food additives, with China as the focus market. Before that, she worked at DBS Bank on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters and at PwC Singapore to support MNCs in leveraging opportunities arising from China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative.

She holds a double degree in Business Administration and Economics from National University of Singapore.

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Dr. Matthew Zhao, PhD
Food Scientist

Dr. Zhao is the resident Food Scientist at Big Idea Ventures. His technical expertise includes specialisation in post-harvest technology, food packaging and processing, and shelf-life evaluation. Under his guidance, several companies were successful in adopting innovative novel technology, solutions and processes to commercialise their product with better nutritional value, a stable shelf-life among other value-added functional properties. Prior to this he worked at the Food Innovation Resource Centre as a Food Technologist.

He holds a PhD/BSc (Honours) in Food Technology from Massey University, New Zealand

Dr. Zhao is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to scientific/technical/regulatory/formulation.

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Mia Medicus
Program Director

Mia is the Program Director at Big Idea Ventures In New York. Prior to this she worked as an analyst for an NYC-based family office where she assisted in research and strategy as well as operations for several internally managed direct investments.

She holds a degree in Economics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics.

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Tom Mastrobuoni
Chief Investment Officer

Tom is the Chief Investment Officer for Big Idea Ventures. Prior to this, he was a Founding Partner/Chief Financial Officer of Tyson Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Tyson Foods. While at Tyson, he led investments in Beyond Meat, Clear Labs, FoodLogiQ, Future Meat Technologies, Memphis Meats, MycoTechnology, New Wave Foods and Tovala.

He graduated from Villanova University with a BS, Accountancy. Tom has a CPA license (State of New York).

Tom is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to accountancy.

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Yi Ting Loh
Jr. Program Associate

Yi Ting is a Jr. Program Associate with Big Idea Ventures in Singapore. Prior to this she has worked experience in events, programs and social media management in National Parks Board and the Jane Goodall Institute.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences from National University of Singapore with a specialisation in Environmental Biology.

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Andrew D. Ive

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Christian Cadeo

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Tom Mastrobuoni

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Andrew D. Ive
Founder/Managing General Partner

Andrew D. Ive, Founder and Managing General Partner, created Big Idea Ventures to solve the world’s biggest challenges by supporting the world’s best entrepreneurs. He has invested in more early stage / pre-seed food companies than any other investor worldwide. Investors in New Protein Fund I include a variety of investors such as Tyson Foods & Temasek.

Andrew serves on the Advisory Board for Tufts Nutrition Council, is a Friedman School Entrepreneurship Advisor, previously served on the Small Business Council Board of the Department of Trade and Industry advising the UK Government on entrepreneurship and high growth companies. A Harvard Business School graduate and Procter & Gamble brand management trained.

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Christian Cadeo
Managing Partner, Asia

Christian is currently the Managing Partner, Asia for Big Idea Ventures. Prior to this he was a seasoned operator with experience in bringing US based startups to Asia. His first startup was at AdMob which was acquired by Google for US$750MM. The second startup was JUST where he was the 1st employee internationally. Recently he was at Domo where he joined pre-IPO as the 1st employee in Southeast Asia. The company IPO on NASDAQ in 2018. He also worked at Google and Microsoft.

He is attending the University of Oxford, Master of Science program.

Christian is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to scaling operations.

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Tom Mastrobuoni
Chief Investment Officer

Tom is the Chief Investment Officer for Big Idea Ventures. Prior to this, he was a Founding Partner/Chief Financial Officer of Tyson Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Tyson Foods. While at Tyson, he led investments in Beyond Meat, Clear Labs, FoodLogiQ, Future Meat Technologies, Memphis Meats, MycoTechnology, New Wave Foods and Tovala.

He graduated from Villanova University with a BS, Accountancy. Tom has a CPA license (State of New York).

Tom is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to accountancy.

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Abby Lyall

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Andrew D. Ive

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Aaron Brodkey

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Kitty Liang

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Mia Medicus

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Tom Mastrobuoni

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Abby Lyall
Vice President

Abby is a Vice President for Big Idea Ventures in New York. Prior to this she was a Senior Associate and founding team member at Quake Capital, an industry agnostic VC and accelerator program with four locations across the US. She has previously founded a company in the edtech space.

She holds a degree in Finance and Data Science from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

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Andrew D. Ive
Founder/Managing General Partner

Andrew D. Ive, Founder and Managing General Partner, created Big Idea Ventures to solve the world’s biggest challenges by supporting the world’s best entrepreneurs. He has invested in more early stage / pre-seed food companies than any other investor worldwide. Investors in New Protein Fund I include a variety of investors such as Tyson Foods & Temasek.

Andrew serves on the Advisory Board for Tufts Nutrition Council, is a Friedman School Entrepreneurship Advisor, previously served on the Small Business Council Board of the Department of Trade and Industry advising the UK Government on entrepreneurship and high growth companies. A Harvard Business School graduate and Procter & Gamble brand management trained.

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Aaron Brodkey
Program Associate

Aaron is the Program Associate at Big Idea Ventures in New York. Previously, he worked at the University of Michigan, his alma mater, where he led marketing and designed sustainability initiatives for their food service enterprise, including a Plant-Forward Menus program. Before that he worked in plant-based and sustainable food startups in marketing and sales.

He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a Sustainable Food Systems concentration from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability.

 

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Kitty Liang
Program Associate

Kitty is the Program Associate at Big Idea Ventures in New York. Previously, she worked at Quake Capital’s New York & LA offices, where she organised events, was in charge of design, university programs, and helped with accelerator operations.

She has a B.S in Management and Sustainable Business and a minor in Studio Art from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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Mia Medicus
Program Director

Mia is the Program Director at Big Idea Ventures In New York. Prior to this she worked as an analyst for an NYC-based family office where she assisted in research and strategy as well as operations for several internally managed direct investments.

She holds a degree in Economics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics.

Tom_NYC
Tom Mastrobuoni
Chief Investment Officer

Tom is the Chief Investment Officer for Big Idea Ventures. Prior to this, he was a Founding Partner/Chief Financial Officer of Tyson Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Tyson Foods. While at Tyson, he led investments in Beyond Meat, Clear Labs, FoodLogiQ, Future Meat Technologies, Memphis Meats, MycoTechnology, New Wave Foods and Tovala.

He graduated from Villanova University with a BS, Accountancy. Tom has a CPA license (State of New York).

Tom is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to accountancy.

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Andrew D. Ive

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Christian Cadeo

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Dr. Dalal AlGhawas, PhD

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Elaine Yeo

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Dr. Matthew Zhao, PhD

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Yi Ting Loh

Andrew_NYC
Andrew D. Ive
Founder/Managing General Partner

Andrew D. Ive, Founder and Managing General Partner, created Big Idea Ventures to solve the world’s biggest challenges by supporting the world’s best entrepreneurs. He has invested in more early stage / pre-seed food companies than any other investor worldwide. Investors in New Protein Fund I include a variety of investors such as Tyson Foods & Temasek.

Andrew serves on the Advisory Board for Tufts Nutrition Council, is a Friedman School Entrepreneurship Advisor, previously served on the Small Business Council Board of the Department of Trade and Industry advising the UK Government on entrepreneurship and high growth companies. A Harvard Business School graduate and Procter & Gamble brand management trained.

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Christian Cadeo
Managing Partner, Asia

Christian is currently the Managing Partner, Asia for Big Idea Ventures. Prior to this he was a seasoned operator with experience in bringing US based startups to Asia. His first startup was at AdMob which was acquired by Google for US$750MM. The second startup was JUST where he was the 1st employee internationally. Recently he was at Domo where he joined pre-IPO as the 1st employee in Southeast Asia. The company IPO on NASDAQ in 2018. He also worked at Google and Microsoft.

He is attending the University of Oxford, Master of Science program.

Christian is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to scaling operations.

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Dr. Dalal AlGhawas, PhD
Program Director

Dr. Dalal is the Program Director for Big Idea Ventures in Singapore. Prior to this, she established the first Food Technology Accelerator Program in Hong Kong and collectively worked with global food tech startups, with special focus on plant-based protein alternatives, cellular-agriculture, sustainability, smart kitchen equipment, med-tech and Big Data and Software analytics. She has several publications in top tier peer reviewed journals including Lipids, Immunology & Plos One.

She has a PhD in Food Science and Food Biotechnology from University of Hong Kong, MSc Biomedical Sciences from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a BSc, Biomedical Sciences from The University of Manchester.

Dr. Dalal is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to food science.

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Elaine Yeo
Social Design Associate

Elaine is the Social Design Associate at Big Idea Ventures. She is responsible for managing the social presence of the fund and its portfolio companies, as well as outreach and engagement with various industry event partners and news agencies.

She holds a degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley, and will be attending Harvard University this fall for a Master’s in Regional Studies East Asia.

Elaine is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to social media, public relations, and marketing.

Matthew_New_SG
Dr. Matthew Zhao, PhD
Food Scientist

Dr. Zhao is the resident Food Scientist at Big Idea Ventures. His technical expertise includes specialisation in post-harvest technology, food packaging and processing, and shelf-life evaluation. Under his guidance, several companies were successful in adopting innovative novel technology, solutions and processes to commercialise their product with better nutritional value, a stable shelf-life among other value-added functional properties. Prior to this he worked at the Food Innovation Resource Centre as a Food Technologist.

He holds a PhD/BSc (Honours) in Food Technology from Massey University, New Zealand

Dr. Zhao is an in-house resource for the portfolio on all matters related to scientific/technical/regulatory/formulation.

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Yi Ting Loh
Jr. Program Associate

Yi Ting is a Jr. Program Associate with Big Idea Ventures in Singapore. Prior to this she has worked experience in events, programs and social media management in National Parks Board and the Jane Goodall Institute.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences from National University of Singapore with a specialisation in Environmental Biology.

Some of our Mentors

Our team is small.
Our network is powerful.

At Big Idea Ventures, our mentor community is a critical piece of our value proposition; a group of proactive people that care about the next generation of young food companies and are well-connected in the space. Our mentors are actively engaged in advising, supporting, and making connections for our portfolio companies.

They speak multiple languages, come from all over the world, and have the expertise to help you build a great company. They are individuals with deep industry, investment, or entrepreneurship experience. They work with the companies pro bono, without expectation of reward or compensation, will share their knowledge and guidance freely, and will open their networks when appropriate. Mentors are what make Big Idea Ventures unique and each of our programs special. The success of the companies are a direct result of the generous contributions of mentors.

Big Idea Ventures is expanding throughout the world and we are looking for more mentors who are passionate about what they do and have the ability to motivate start-ups. Please feel free to contact us to discuss how you can help out.

Brian Sylvester

Special Counsel, FDA/USDA
Foley & Lardner LLP

Chuck Muth

Chief Growth Officer,
Beyond Meat

Fedele Bauccio

CEO at Bon Appétit,
Board Member of Impossible Foods

Jeff Beacher
Producer, Entrepreneur, Founder of Beacher Media Group
Dr. Maha Tahiri

Adjunct Professor@Tufts University, CEO & Founder 

Dr. Mei Horng Ong

Adjunct Professor@NUS,
Ex-Mars/Nestle

Ryan Bethencourt

CEO at Wild Earth Inc.,
Co-Founder of Indiebio

Tim van de Rijdt

Chief Business Officer, 
Mosa Meat

Udi Lazimy

Head of Sustainability and Sourcing,
JUST

Our team is small.
Our network is powerful.

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Anastasia Paranicas
Marketing and Business Development Consultant
Anne Caron​
People Strategy Expert, Ex-Googler
Brian Sylvester
Special Councel at Foley & Lardner LLP
Brooklyn Simmons

Founder & CEO of Atom Factory

Fedele Bauccio
Special Councel at Foley & Lardner LLP
Jeff Beacher
Producer, Entrepreneur, Founder of Beacher Media Group
Maha Tahiri
CEO/Founder at Nutrition Sustainability Strategies LLC
Dr. Mei Horng Ong
Adjunct Professor at NUS/Food & Beverage Consultant
Ryan Bethencourt
CEO at Wild Earth Inc., Co-Founder of Indiebio

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