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For a world that is safer, cleaner, and fairer

    An invite-only community of Ag & Food Scientists, Corporations, Investors, Retailers, Associations


    A mission-oriented collaboration

    In order to reduce the global carbon footprint in our current dysfunctional food/ag industry, ProteinX Foundation collaborates with corporations and governments to maximize the discovery of next-gen proteins, new ingredients, and sustainable packaging. 


    And this is what we bring to the table


    A globally curated network of next-gen protein peers

    An organically growing database of 0.5M sustainable protein industry fellows, across 27 regional  ProteinX chapters in the US, Latam, EU and Asia

    • Food Scientists
    • Academia: 
      • Professors
      • Students
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Startup Investors
    • Ag / Food Associations
    • Chefs
    • Farmers
    • Corporate Executives
    • Retailers
    • Government Agencies


    An active, decentralized, invite-only community

    ProteinX is represented across 27 regional chapters around the globe that contribute to fostering and scouting innovation, nominating dedicated new players and educating local communities.

    • USA: San Francisco (HQ), Sacramento, San Diego, Boston, Chicago, Bentonville
    • Latam: Sao Paolo, Campinas, Goiania, Curitiba, Lima, Bogota, Guadalajara, Mexico City
    • EU: Köln, Munich, Berlin, Milan, Paris, Zurich, Vienna
    • Asia: China, Southeast Asia, India


    Projects with the most innovative food science universities

    ProteinX yearly supports dozens of Universities around the globe that offer academic initiatives in Food Science and Technology

    • UC Berkeley, California
    • Jiangnan University, China
    • University of Wageningen, Netherlands
    • University of Campinas, Brazil
    • Ghent University, Belgium
    • University of Bologna, Italy
    • University of Valencia, Spain
    • King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
    • Technical University Munich, Germany
    • Korea University, South Korea
    • University of the Republic - Uruguay
    • ...


    Food / Ag Industry Fellows


    Regional Chapters


    Plant-based Food Projects


    When partnering means value add


    We believe that science-based animal alternatives are fundamental to create a sustainable, nutritional, fairer food ecosystem.


    As a nonprofit foundation with the mission to foster the discovery of scientifically meaningful plant-based proteins, new ingredients, and sustainable packaging we go the extra mile to build a like-minded collaborative network.


    Four ways ProteinX corporate partners find value in getting involved

    ProteinX Foundation, the bridge between Academia & the Industry

    The common denominator throughout all partnerships is that the food and agriculture industry, up & downstream, is no longer scalable because not sustainable, healthy, and fair for everyone. As a Silicon Valley-based, nonprofit foundation our DNA is to bring sustainable innovation to the table. And we go the extra mile to create value between academia and the food and ag industry



    Hiring Scientists?

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    Seeking access to startups?

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    Collaborate with academia?

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    Investments in science?

    Together - for a sustainable, cleaner, fairer, food system - for everyone


    Hiring Food & Bio Scientists?

    In order for the food industry to contribute to getting to net-zero carbon emotions, the world needs food scientists now more than ever.

    ProteinX Foundation has grown one of the most curated networks of food and bioscientists. Partners get exposure to the talent pool to screen, meet and recruit students, fresh graduates, PhDs, and senior scientists from around the globe.

    How would you like to get involved
    1. Submit your Job description
    2. Attend, speak or sponsor the career fair

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    Seeking access to vetted Startups in Food of the Future?

    Vetted startups that are early to be still novel, but mature enough to have validated ideation risks ... finding these kinds of startups is challenging.

    Qualified deal flow, networking, and access is what most corporate partners of ours convey to be their main challenge when scouting for startups. ProteinX Foundation goes the extra mile for companies to connect with startups.

    Two ways how proteinx provides corporations get access to startups
    1. Corporate executives, government agencies, and faculty collaborate in our startup initiatives as mentors and provide their time, talent, and experience to entrepreneurs. Apply to mentor startups
    2. On the other hand, corporate innovation, strategy, CVC, or R&D team seeking new innovation opportunities by collaborating with startups, work with our Innovation team to scout startups, based on a set of predefined requirements. Submit your scouting request.
    Denis Chereau
    I found it of value to participate in a mission-driven initiative, as part of a curated group of world-class Scientists, Faculty Members, Executives, Chefs, Investors, and Entrepreneurs, to strategically discuss viable, transformative innovation focused on next-gen proteins.
    Denis Chereau
    EO of Improve, Europe’s first research and development platform dedicated to next gen proteins.
    Elaine Simon
    I was invited to be a jury of a vetted startup presentation where I had the pleasure to meet Dan Riegler from Karana and Maija Itkonen from Golden & Green Foods Ltd., and learn about their endeavor, their IP, and their tremendous growth potential.
    Elaine Simon
    Business Development Manager and Innovation at Taylor Farms
    Seth Tibbott
    I enjoyed participating in a startling panel discussion - along with industry fellows Jeremiah Ridenour and Joar Nielsen - and discuss sustainable innovation in next-gen proteins and regenerative agriculture, hosted by Tommaso Di Bartolo.
    Sett Tibbott
    Founder and Chairman of The Tofurky Company and Author of In Search of the Wild Tofurky

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    Corporations wanting to work with GASFA - Global Academia Sustainable Food Alliance

    There is no corporation in the Ag, Food, and Beverage industry that does not already collaborate with an educational institute. But with whom exactly? 9 out of 10 collaborations are based on the vicinity. Meaning leveraging local commodities to work with the university nearby. And with that missing out on innovation. Why? The key ingredient to food innovation is diversity. Especially food being part of the cultural DNA is dependent on a mix of perspectives and experiences. Product inventions are restricted if only tapping into regional settings.

    Introducing GASFA, The Global Academia Sustainable Food Alliance. ProteinX Foundation brings 80+ of the most innovative food and ag universities to collaborate with the industry.

    Curious to tap into thousands of student's and Ph.D.'s projects?
    1. Request to explore a collaboration with GASFA
    2. Checkout ProteinX incubation and acceleration programs and request to become a sponsor

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    Dealflow and investment opportunities

    ProteinX Foundation's mission is the discovery. of sustainable animal protein alternatives, and contribute subsequently to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. As a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit, our DNA is to support innovation from ideation to exits. As such, we curate a network of investors that are seeking to invest in a persistent team with a scalable product, that is solving a frequent problem.

    three ways how proteinx partners can allocate funds to that journey
    1. Angels, VCs, CVCs, and funds wanting to tap into a curated science-based, food investment pipeline
    2. Sponsors wanting to reach into a qualified target audience to expand their network
    3. Donors wanting to make a tax-deductible gift to our 501(c)3 ProteinX Foundation

    [ProteinX Symposium 2021] Novel non-animal alternative proteins | Panel | Day 1

    Curious about the holistic approach that may foster sustainable transformative innovation, reduce waste and environmental footprint, while also improving health, nutrition and wellness? Listen to this startling science-oriented discussion through the evidence and science-oriented logic that place non-animal proteins as a viable solution to ensure adequate global food supply while sustaining our planet

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    [ProteinX] Virtual Coffee Ep. #01. Next-Gen Proteins

    In a dynamic and insightful discussion moderated by Tommaso Di Bartolo, founder, and CEO at Awesm Ventures, panelists Ron Shigeta, Ph.D., an expert, early investor in alt-proteins, Walt Duflock, SVG venture executive innovation leader, and Joshua Nixon, co-founder and CTO of Prime Roots, highlighted a broad range of next-gen proteins as well as opportunities and challenges ahead for entrepreneurs in the industry.

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    What partners can expect



    Expand into our curated network of like-minded ag & food innovators across the US, LatAm, EU and Asia



    Discover the global latest sustainable protein trends, from some of the most compelling minds



    Drive experiments, develop partnerships, and tap into available ag & food funds



    Do you see synergies? 

    Vetted, curated and mission-oriented collaboration is our DNA. We'd happy to have an exploratory chat.


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