NOW OPEN - TECHACCEL - 2020 INNOVATOR FELLOW (DUE May 15, 2020)
TechAccel LLC was founded in 2014 as a first-of-its-kind technology and venture development organization in the agriculture, animal health & nutrition, and food technology sectors.
TechAccel sources, invests in and acquires early-stage innovations. Through collaborations with dozens of universities and research institutions, TechAccel conducts science advancement and de-risking research and development to ready technologies for commercialization. TechAccel is based in the greater Kansas City area and has offices in St. Louis at the Danforth Center for Plant Science.
NOW OPEN - BETTER VENTURES - 2020 INNOVATOR FELLOW (DUE May 15, 2020)
Better Ventures is an Oakland venture capital firm that provides funding and support to companies creating scalable solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges, including re-tooling for a sustainable economy, tackling data-driven health care, and enabling an adaptive workforce. They invest in software, data science, and life sciences startups to deliver profitably and progressively toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Better Ventures believes that mission-driven companies will outperform the market. They back pre-seed stage startups and founders who leverage breakthrough innovations in science and technology to build a more sustainable and equitable economy in which both people and planet thrive.
Under Review - THE MARCH FUND - 2019 INNOVATOR FELLOW
The March Fund is an early-late stage venture capital fund committed to supporting and investing in entrepreneurs and companies developing transformative biotechnologies, machine intelligence, and sustainable nutrition solutions for the evolving consumer landscape and agriculture-food supply chain. They aim to accelerate the emergence of Food 3.0 on a global scale, and create a healthier, more sustainable planet. The March Fund was founded by Christopher Lai, former investor at Horizon Ventures; Dr. Harold Schmitz, former Chief Science Officer of Mars, Incorporated, Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations and Senior Scholar at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management; and Wang Rui, former CEO of Red Bull Vitamin Drink Co., Ltd and current Founder & CEO of QiFeng. The fellowship provides opportunity for an exciting international residency in Hong Kong.
Under Review - FOODSHOT GLOBAL - 2019 INNOVATOR FELLOW
FoodShot Global in New York empowers bold ideas and innovative companies to accelerate the transformation to a healthy, sustainable and equitable food system. It is a collaborative investment platform of innovators, investors, industry leaders and advocates working to solve our biggest food system challenges. By connecting knowledge, networks and funding across private and public sectors, FoodShot creates scalable, impactful, and inspired solutions – MoonShots for Better Food. FoodShot’s integrated capital continuum includes the $500,000+ GroundBreaker Prize for researchers, early stage entrepreneurs, and policy advocates, as well as up to $10 million in equity or debt investment for winning for-profit businesses. Along with post-investment resources, FoodShot’s blended capital model empowers best-in-class entrepreneurs, researchers and advocates to transform the most critical food system challenges into opportunities for collaborative investment and meaningful change. This year’s Protein Challenge focuses on solving the global protein gap. With the population growing to 10 billion and the rise of the global middle class, protein demand will increase exponentially. There is an intensifying urgency to radically innovate the entire protein supply chain — including crops, seafood, meat, and the emerging sectors of alternative proteins like algae, mushrooms, and cell-based meat.
Closed - THE PRODUCTION BOARD - 2019 INNOVATOR FELLOW
A technology incubator and investment holding company aiming to improve the efficiency and economics of global food and agriculture markets,The Production Board will host the Innovator Fellow in San Francisco. Click here to learn more.
Closed - FOOD FOR THOUGHT WORLDWIDE VENTURES - 2019 INNOVATOR FELLOW
“Connecting people who are feeding the world with people who are changing the world through tech innovation.” International agrifood information and communications technology investors at Better Food Ventures will host a UC Davis graduate student fellow in Silicon Valley.
Better Food Ventures Fellow: Machine learning for precision epidemiology in response to livestock disease
Closed - TECHACCEL - 2019 INNOVATOR FELLOW
Technology and venture development organization TechAccel will host a UC Davis graduate student fellow at the Danforth Center for Plant Science in St Louis.
TechAccel Fellow: Leveraging natural maize metabolites to enhance crop resilience to fungal disease