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Maker Meetup #26: The Future of Food

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Marvin W.
Maker Meetup #26: The Future of Food


Please join Maker Meetup and our special sponsor, Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld, for an exciting event during Philly Tech Week to learn about the latest innovations and investments in food. Explore exciting developments such as plant-based and clean meat technologies that address compelling issues such as the environment, health and world hunger. This industry has attracted hundreds of millions of venture dollars while leading investors have called this a trillion-dollar business opportunity.

An opportunity for which Philly’s biotech-rich ecosystem is well suited for success.

The keynote speaker will be Jessica Almy, Policy Director at the Good Food Institute.

Jessica oversees GFI’s team of lawyers and lobbyists, who are focused on securing funds for plant-based and clean meat research and development and on ensuring a level statutory and regulatory playing field for plant-based and clean meat. She came to The Good Food Institute from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, where she served as Deputy Director of Nutrition Policy. Before working for CSPI, she worked for the D.C.-based law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal. She holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and an M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University. She is a member of the bar in New York and Washington, D.C.

Other presenters include CEO's Shannon Falconer (Because Animals), VC's Jay Karandikar (New Crop Capital) and Peter Bodenheimer (SOSV Food-X) and celebrity chef Richard Landau (VEDGE). A panel discussion will follow the presentations, hosted by noted business reporter, Jade Scipioni.

Topics include:
• Overview of the investment landscape for the industry
• Plant-based and clean meat technologies
• Sustainably feeding the world without degrading the environment
• Hunger and the impact on global poverty of growing crops to feed animals
• Health issues caused by meat consumption, such as antibiotic resistance, contamination and disease
• Animal welfare

Space is limited for this free event and priority will be given to investors, entrepreneurs and professionals in the sustainable food industry.

The networking reception with complimentary vegan food (including Beyond Meat burgers) will kick off at 4:00. This will include a showcase featuring leading innovators in the creation of delicious meat substitutes, and others, including: The American Vegan Society, Arrow Electronics, Basic 4 Vegetarian, Because Animals, Biorealize, Blackbird, Filikale, Fran Costigan, GrowFlux, Honest Tom's Tacos, Hungry, Love Again Local, LUHV Deli, Maker Faire, Michael's Seitan, Miyoko's Creamery, Night Owl Vegan, Philly Microgreens, Philly Veg Catering, PS&Co. Soy Cafe, The Sacred Seeds, Urban Black Vegan, Vegan Commissary and VSSJ.

Please contact Marvin Weinberger (marvin@innovationfactory) if you'd like to be considered for a spot in the showcase. Participation is free.

The formal program will begin promptly at 5:30 with an introduction of the showcase participants and sponsors, followed by community announcements. This is an earlier start to accommodate presentations as well as an extensive panel discussion among our guests.

Special volunteers for this event include Leila Vaughan, Beth Cohen and Vance Lehmkuhl.

More info on our presenters and sponsors can be found at the following links:

And here are some important links which map the 'clean meat'/alternative proteins business landscape: and

If you'd like to volunteer to help with this important event, please reach out to me,
Science Center Venture Cafe
3675 Market Street · Philadelphia, pa
How to find us

If traveling by train or subway, take the Market-Frankford Line to the 34th Street stop. If driving, if no street parking on Market St, try 3601 Market Street, Phila, PA 19104. Online it says $8 for evening parking after 4:00pm (no promises!).

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