FoodTech will revolutionize the way we produce, process and eat

The Food Investment Circle federates entrepreneurs, investors, public authorities and scholars around impactful opportunities with high potential returns

It focuses on alternative proteins

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Business Case

FoodTech & AgTech Disruptive Opportunities

Food and agribusiness form a $5 trillion global industry that keeps on growing. The market is highly fragmented.

World population will reach 9.5bio by 2050 and increases by 80mio a year. The current over-consumption of earth’s resources is already non-sustainable.

Thanks to technology, our agricultural model will have the means to stand-up to the challenge.

Because the problem is complex, the solution will materialize through a multiplicity of companies that we aim to identify and support.

Proteins

The meat, egg and dairy sector represents a $700bio global market.
Meat yearly consumption to reach 37kg per capital by 2030 (28kg currently).

2019 should be the year, farmed fish is equivalent to wild fish in human diets.
Reports suggest the aquafeed market is to be worth $130bio by 2020.
Currently wild fish are given as feed (in large quantities) to farmed fish.

The efficiency with which animals convert grain intake to body mass varies from inefficient for cattle (7kg of grain intake for 1kg of body mass) to acceptable for chicken (2.5kg of grain for 1kg of body mass).

Sectors of interest

Lab Grown Meat
Fish, Poultry and Dairies
Cellular agriculture is clean, controlled and highly sustainable. We focus on 3 factors; Price, Convenience and Taste
Meat, Fish and Shrimp Alternatives
Plants can offer the same protein level as meat. Alternatives need to look, cook and taste like meat while being priced equivalently
Insect Farming
Fly, cricket and worm breeding offer interesting nutritious benefits. Insects can be used as alternative in aquaculture feed to wild fish
Plant Protein Extraction
Algae & Mushroom Harvesting
Migroalgae can be used as nutrient, for cosmetics and for chemicalsMyco-proteins are tasteless and neutral in texture.

Waste Mitigation

Yearly, 1.3bio tons of food are wasted (roughly 30% of total production). In developed countries it happens at household level while in frontier markets, waste takes place at production and transportation levels.

Studies estimate that Agrifood accounts for 30% of worldwide energy consumption. If 30% of food produced is wasted that means that 10% of the energy produced is also wasted.

Average american household wastes $2’200 of food annually. In the US, reducing food waste by 15% would be enough to feed 25mio americans.

Sectors of interest

Vertical Agriculture
Stacked agriculture in controlled environments allows for higher productivity independently of outside weather
Desert Farming
Irrigation and water efficient solutions
Transportation, Packaging and Coating
Focusing on the reduction of food waste from "the field to the fork". Extending shelf life.
Food Procurement
Some countries are overly dependent on food imports. Local ecosystems represent a solution

Crop Protection

Precision Farming

Worldwide, herbicides is a $26bio market. Roundup alone sells $4bio to $5bio glyphosate per year.

In the US, 90% of soybean, cotton and corn are GMOs. Europe has decided to treat gene modification and gene editing similarly. In the US, 70% of grain produced in to feed livestock.

Sectors of interest

Alternatives to Fertilizers,
Pesticides & Fungicides
Genotyping, phenotyping & breeding.
Robots & Censors
On the ground tools developed to manage, predict, harvest and process
Arial Monitoring
Off the ground tools (such as drones and satellites) that contribute to the mapping and treatment of soils
Intelligent Green Houses
Water management, energy optimization, highly controlled environments

Animal Health

55bio animals are slaughtered annually for food;
45bio Chicken
2.3bio Ducks
1.2bio Pigs
0.5bio Sheep
0.3bio Goats
0.3bio Cows

Sectors of interest

InOvo Sexing
Automated systems to determine the gender of the developing chick well before hatching
Animal Antibiotics Alternatives
What animals get fed eventually ends-up in our organisms (One-Health)
Robots, Wearables
& Monitoring Devices
Robots for poultry, wearables for cattle, monitoring devices (CCTV) for stables are some of the areas worth considering
What do we do?

We scout for companies that meet our criterias. We facilitate capital-raising, organize club-deals and / or invest directly

What are we looking for?
  • Purpose & profits
  • Unique IP (proven & protected) 
  • Target IRR of + 25%
  • Exit within 3y to 7y
  • Series A and above
  • Capital raise >= to $2.5mio
  • Target market >= $500mio
  • Positive synergies within our network
  • Accepts active shareholders (Board seats)
  • Preferably European

Pre-money valuation

We like managers that have a sound reasoning as to the value of their company. Reverse engineered should be one matrix, not the only one.

Exit Strategy

Assume your business will not be bought. Your business needs to demonstrate that it can stand-alone, generating growth and positive Ebitda.

Fund Raising

Not all businesses should capital raise. The process is lengthy, tedious and covenants need to be given. Only do it if you are ready for it.

Why Investment Circle?

We are the bridge between carefully curated companies and EMEA investors (mainly Family Offices). We’ve been doing this for ages. We are conscious capitalists, impact and profit driven.