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Planted: Gullspång Re:food Invests In Swiss Pea, Oats & Upcycled Sunflowers Plant-Based Meat Company

3 Mins Read After recently closing its CHF 17 million (approx. US$18.1 million) Series A funding, in the latest announcement plant-based meat startup Planted has received an investment from food-tech investor Gullspång Re:food. Zürich-based Planted recently closed it Series A funding round with support from Blue Horizon Ventures and consumer-focused investment arm of German conglomerate Vorwerk Ventures. Family-owned Gullspång Invest […]

TheVeganKind: U.K.’s Largest Vegan Online Retailer & Subscription Platform Raises US$4.8M Seed

3 Mins Read TheVeganKind raised £3.5M (approx. US$4.8M) in its latest Series A funding round that will help the company further upscale its retail business as well as facilitate better plant-based shopping experiences for their consumers. Literacy Capital, a closed-end investment firm looking to support small businesses, funded the U.K.-based TheVeganKind(TVK) in its latest series A round. TheVeganKind […]

Financial Feminism: New Sustainable Investing Manual Takes On The Gender Gap

3 Mins Read A newly published book aims to remedy the gender investing gap by empowering women to invest in a sustainable future. Authored by sustainable finance expert Jessica Robinson, who formerly led the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in Asia, Financial Feminism: A Woman’s Guide to Investing for a Sustainable Future comes with step-by-step explainers […]

Purpose Economy: Revent VC Launches €50M Fund With Focus On Climate Change

5 Mins Read European early-stage (pre-seed to series A) venture capital fund Revent plans to reach a target of EUR€50 million (US$60 million) fund, with an impact focus to benefit startups that focus on environmental and societal issues with a ‘purpose and profit’ motto. With its headquarters in Berlin and investments in Europe, Revent is looking to invest […]

ProVeg International & Veg Capital Team Up To Accelerate Food Tech Funding

3 Mins Read ProVeg International and Veg Capital have partnered up to invest in food techs who are developing alternative proteins and sustainable food solutions. Together, the two organisations have already invested in two ProVeg Incubator alumni firms, and have announced yet another funding package to plant-based desserts startup Zveetz.  Sustainable food nonprofit ProVeg International and venture capital […]

As Sustainable Investing Takes Off, China’s Poor ESG Ratings Are A Major Problem

3 Mins Read With more investors embracing a sustainable ESG-based strategy, a trend that has received a major boost amidst the coronavirus pandemic, China is losing its allure despite being an enormous and fast-growing emerging market. Ranking bottom on ESG ratings among all major economies in the world, experts warn that lagging behind when it comes to sustainability […]

Sustainable Food Ventures: First Rolling Fund For Alt Protein Debuts On AngelList

3 Mins Read Launched by impact investor and plant-based pet food brand Wild Earth founder and CEO Ryan Bethencourt and Mariliis Holm, the former food scientist at cell-based seafood pioneers Finless Foods, Sustainable Food Ventures (SFV) is the first rolling fund on AngelList dedicated to backing future foods companies. The fund will invest in early-stage founders around the […]

AgFunder Launches ESG-Focused GROW Impact Fund

2 Mins Read AgFunder, a venture capital firm focused on agri-food tech startups based in Silicon Valley and Singapore, has just launched GROW Impact Fund, its first to be entirely dedicated to technologies that will perform on environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics across the food system. It comes as ESG-related funds have proven more crisis-resilient and have […]

ADB Ventures To Start Investing In Climate & Gender Impact Asia Startups

2 Mins Read ADB Ventures, a new venture platform to support and invest in startups offering tech-based impact solutions to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has just announced that it will start making investments. It follows the success of its first inaugural investment fund, which raised US$50 million, exceeding its target. As the world begins to […]

Climate-Forward Companies “Outperformed” During Pandemic According To HSBC

3 Mins Read Companies with a strong environmental focus have outperformed the broader stock market, said HSBC. The news comes during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has caused a global economic fallout unseen since the Great Depression in the 1930s. In a recent research note, the bank detailed how environmental, social and governance (ESG) centric stocks are doing […]

Hong Kong Regulators Launch Sustainable Finance Steering Group

3 Mins Read Initiated by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the newly established Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group aims to coordinate between different sectors to push the city into the forefront of sustainable finance. The launch follows mounting scrutiny over the global finance industry over its climate-damaging practices […]

Covid-19 Pandemic Strengthening Asian Interest In Sustainable Investment

2 Mins Read Rich investors in Asia are displaying growing interest in sustainable investments as the coronavirus shifts mindsets towards concerns about public health and the environment, according to UBS. The Swiss multinational investment firm’s private banking unit in Asia recorded a doubling of assets in sustainable investments since the beginning of last year, with the majority coming […]

5 Ways The Climate Emergency Is Affecting Investment

3 Mins Read The world is waking up to the urgent need to take combat the biggest planetary threat of today, thanks to the sustained visibility about environmental issues and calls to action from campaigners, scientists and youth strikers. As world experts warned in a recent report, there is simply no time to lose in fight against the […]

Sustainable Impact Funds Investment Quadruples To US$20.6 Billion In 2019

4 Mins Read The amount of money moving into environmental funds last year broke records, according to Illinois-based financial services firm Morningstar. The data shows that sustainable funds, which invest based on environmental, social or governance themes, pulled in US$20.6 billion in new money in 2019, which is quadruple the sum achieved in the previous year. This trend, […]

UN To Investors: Get Ready For A Shift To Plant-Based Global Food System

3 Mins Read In a newly released forecast by the United Nations backed independent organisation Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), analysts warned investors to expect a global dietary shift toward a plant-based system amid our climate crisis. The report outlines that certain climate change mitigation policies, which include a drastic reduction in meat consumption among others, will inevitably […]

HK Tycoon Heiress Launches Carbon Neutral & Recycled Fashion Label Everybody & Everyone

4 Mins Read Textile and fashion tycoon Silas Chou’s daughter, Veronica Chou, has launched her own sustainable clothing and accessories brand Everybody & Everyone. With her new eco-friendly line, which is made from recycled materials and contributes to tree planting projects, the heiress to an estimated US$2.7 billion fortune hopes to disrupt the fashion industry and address its […]