This Week In Food: World's biggest cell-based steak, robot chef finds it's passion with baked goods, DoorDash move away from the gig economy?

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According to a report by European VC Atomico - funding in Europe has grown 3x what it was last year (from $41B in 2020 to a projected $120B in 2021).

One thing that particularly stood out was that "planet-positive" venture investments climbed at twice the rate of overall investments into tech.

A clear sign that the tide is changing and it's a good time to be building or investing into the planet positive sector. (And be in Europe). 

This week in FoodTech:

    • Unveiling the world's biggest cell-based steak.
    • New funding into zero waste e-grocers and alt-eggs.
    • A robot discovers its passion for decorating cookies.
    • DoorDash moves away from the gig economy?

    • The Digest

      📈 What’s Up: New data from Emerging Tech Research shows that venture funding for agtech startups hit a quarterly record of $3.2 billion in Q3 2021. The annual deal total is already more than 20% up on last year at $7.8 billion.

      📉 What’s Down: Bagel shop owners in the US are struggling with cream cheese shortages after Kraft Heinz and other suppliers have experienced a spike in demand and supply chain issues. Maybe time to try an alternative?

      Closing Soon! Applications to Big Idea Ventures are closing in 3 days. Apply here for a $200K investment and tailored start-up/scale-up support.

      🥔 An interesting read on “the ancient potato of the future” which has sustained Indigenous people for 11,000 years, and which USDA is now studying for its 8-year shelf life and its resistance to drought, heat and disease.

      🇮🇱 We're working on a list of Israeli FoodTech 'Soonicorns' - know of a startup we should add? Tell us here.

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