Claire Smith of Beyond Impact

Claire Smith. © Beyond Impact

Investments & Acquisitions

Beyond Impact Provides Funding for Vegan Collagen, Cultivated Foie Gras & More

In February of last year, Beyond Impact launched its second venture capital fund to invest in early-stage vegan and cruelty-free companies. Since then, Beyond has provided funding to eight businesses, with 60% of these described as “ingredient and technology companies acting as enablers/capacity builders to make alternative proteins more feasible, scalable, affordable, and palatable”. A recent GFI report notes that increased investment in B2B businesses focused on ingredients and equipment will be vital to help the alt protein sector scale up. Examples of the investments include: Paleo, Belgium — A precision fermentation company producing key ingredients for use in alt meat products, such as an alternative to heme. Beyond recently participated in Paleo’s €12 million Series A round. Algama Foods, France — Transforming algae into …


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Investments & Finance

Beyond Impact Launches Second Vegan Venture Capital Fund

Following the success of its first vegan venture capital fund in 2018, Beyond Impact has launched a second fund to invest in early-stage companies producing alt-protein products and animal-free materials. Beyond Impact’s first fund was the first in Europe to focus entirely on plant-based and alternative protein companies. Its previous investments included BlueNalu, The EVERY Company, Meatless Farm, and Geltor, amongst others. The seed share class of the new vegan venture capital fund is already fully subscribed, with almost $25 million of commitments. A final close with a target of $110m is expected in the first half of 2022. “Beyond Impact’s second fund will build upon the success of the first Beyond Impact vehicle, which made over 20 investments in this area. By supporting forward-thinking …


Claire Smith: CEO & Founder at Beyond Impact

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Company News

Canada’s Plant Veda Announces Claire Smith as Company Board Member & Listing on Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Plant Veda Foods Ltd. announces today the onboarding of Company Board Member, Claire Smith, Founder and Principal at Beyond Impact Vegan Advisors. Earlier this month the company, which creates one-of-a-kind and first-to-market alt dairy products such as the “world’s first” vegan lassi, began trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the ticker symbol “MILK”. Claire has been part of Plant Veda‘s board of directors since 2020, following an investment in the Company by Beyond Impact Vegan Partners LP. Claire has over 35 years of experience in capital markets previously working at global investment banks and investment houses, with her vegan lifestyle and environmentalism leading to the founding of humane investment platform, Beyond Investing. Beyond Investing creates a platform for investments driven by animal-rights advocates and …


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Interview with Claire Smith on Beyond Impact Vegan Diversity Rolling Fund

Pioneering investor in vegan, cruelty-free and animal-replacing products and services Beyond Impact (part of the larger Beyond Investing vegan investment platform) is making its expertise in the selection of high potential and impactful companies available to a wider audience of investors with the launch of its Vegan Diversity Fund, available on the Angellist platform as a Rolling Fund with first close on July 1st 2021. Beyond Impact has been an active investor in this sector since 2017, participating in the earliest rounds of cellular agriculture companies, like Mosa Meat and Blue Nalu, deeptech alternative protein producers, such as Geltor and Clara Foods, and plant-based brands, such has Meatless Farm and Plant Veda. Since its initial seed investments, companies in its portfolio have gone on to …


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Top Stories

Beyond Investing Launches World’s First Vegan Exchange Traded Fund

An ethical stock investment option which is both cruelty-free and fossil fuel-free will be launched by Beyond Investing onto the New York Stock Exchange on 10th September. The US Vegan Climate ETF (ticker VEGN) was due to launch in January this year but there were some delays. However, the prospectus was filed and accepted by the SEC last weekend.


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Guest writer Geri Mileva

Market & Trends

Here’s Why You Should Invest in the Vegan Market in 2019

Guest post from freelancer writer Gergana Mileva.
Veganism’s surging popularity is now a global phenomenon. Big chains such as Marks & Spencer, Pret a Manger, and Pizza Hut are introducing a wide range of vegan options to their loyal patrons. Others are taking the plunge into veganism. Guinness, for example, decided to stop using fish bladders in their brewing process, after two and a half centuries of carrying out this practice.