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Investments & Acquisitions

Natalie Portman Joins Tender Food’s $12M Seed Round for Plant-Based Meats “Indistinguishable” From Real Thing

Tender Food, a food tech startup based in Boston, has raised $12 million in a seed round featuring actress and animal rights activist Natalie Portman amongst other VC’s, for uniquely textured plant meats. Founded by Harvard engineers, Tender Food uses novel tech to spin plant-based fibers into alt meat, creating whole muscle cut products like chicken breasts, pulled pork, and steaks, and plans to launch its first products later this year.  “Our ambition is to make products that are indistinguishable from butchered meat” Claiming that its novel plant-based fiber spinning tech – similar to making cotton candy – gives its alt meat analogs a more similar texture to animal meat, Tender Food will use the new funding to scale production for its coming products lines. …


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Investments & Finance

La Vie Raises €25M in Series A From Angels Including Natalie Portman & Oatly Chairman

French startup La Vie, which specialises in the production of plant-based alternatives to traditionally pork-based products such as bacon or lardons, announced this morning a record €25 million Series A funding round. The startup announced on socials: “So proud to announce a record fundraising of 25 million Euros in a Series A round. This funding will allow us to expand at lightning speed in France, the UK and Europe. Also, it will accelerate our innovation program to bring even more yummy products to consumers.  “A big thank you to our amazing investors Seventures (lead), Partech, Oyster Bay, Capagro, Entrepreneur First & Bleu Capital. Lots of love to our business angels who committed to the issue of food transition: Natalie Portman, Actress, Producer and Director; Thibaud …


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Fashion, Design & Beauty

Natalie Portman and John Legend Participate in $45M Round For MycoWorks

San Francisco-based MycoWorks, manufacturer of vegan leather alternatives from mycelium mushroom, announces the closing of a $45 million Series B financing round with participants including celebrities Natalie Portman and John Legend, and the opening of a major new Reishi™ production plant in Emeryville, California.