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AIV Capital has announced investment into alternative food business, Eat Just Inc. Eat Just Inc develops and markets plant-based alternatives to conventionally-produced egg products. Founded in 2011 by Josh Tetrick, the San Francisco based business is reducing dependence on chickens and battery farms for egg production by creating a realistic and viable alternative from mung beans.
Eat Just Inc. has raised over $500Mn to date and will use its latest round of funding to continue to improve the unit economics of the business and to focus on international expansion outside of the US. It was announced recently that the key ingredient in its plant-based JUST Egg products received approval from the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) expert panel on nutrition, apart from taking a business law firm‘s advice. This opens a pathway for the initial launch of JUST Egg to occur in Europe in mid-2022. Its high profile produce was also on the menu at Barack Obama’s recent 60th birthday.
The company has also raised over $400Mn for its subsidiary, Good Meat which focuses on cultivated meat as an alternative to traditional chicken based products. Good Meat is the first company in the world to receive regulatory approval to sell the cultivated meat products which are now available in Singapore. Earlier this year, the company secured rights for a manufacturing facility in Qatar as a partnership between Doha Venture Capital (DVC) and Qatar Free Zone Authority (QFZA).
AIV Capital is the recently launched institutional investment arm of Angel Investment Network, the world’s largest online angel investment platform. Led by experienced investment manager Ethan Khatri, AIV Capital’s focus is on investing between $10 -$75Mn+ into established businesses ranging from Growth/Series B to pre-IPO and has a flexible approach utilising both primary and secondary capital.
According to Khatri: “We are delighted to have partnered with CEO, Josh Tetrick and the team at Eat Just Inc. With the demand for plant based products soaring they offer a viable alternative to conventionally-produced egg products and are offering impressive returns for all stakeholders. This is a prime example of the sort of business we will be working with at AIV Capital. One with a strong management team with a demonstrated edge in the space they operate in.”
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The event is being held at ACC Liverpool from 9th to 16th March 2012 and is hosted by Liverpool Vision, Global Entrepreneurship Week and The Kauffman Foundation.
It is a festival for entrepreneurs, a celebration of enterprise, an inspiration for those with the “can-do” spirit to turn dreams into an ambitious reality.
On 13 March at the ACC Liverpool, entrepreneurs and aspiring business leaders will experience an inspiring journey through three sessions of speeches, panel discussions and debates centred on three themes that explore the concept of winning in business.
With a ticket you can expect to:
* Listen to world leaders, economists and other experts about programs, policies and research aimed at advancing entrepreneurship.
* Gain valuable insight and advice from successful and experienced entrepreneurs in various speeches and workshops. Keynote speakers include:
Sir Richard Branson – Founder of Virgin
Martha Lane Fox – Founder of lastminute.com
Sir Terry Leahy – former CEO of Tesco
Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine – Founder of Haymarket Publishing and former Deputy Prime Minister
Steve Felice – President, Consumer, Small and Medium Business at Dell Inc.
Paul Lindley – Founder of Ella¹s Organic Robin Rowland – Founder of Yo Sushi!
Lara Morgan – Founder of Company Shortcuts
Doug Richard – Founding Dragons¹ Den Panellist and Founder of School for Startups
Ashok Rao – Chairman of TiE Global Board of Trustees
* Meet and network with delegates who can help you take the next step in starting and growing your own business.