PURPOSE

Entopian Capital is a VC fund that invests in innovative early stage startups with exponential growth potential in the Insects as Feed & Food industry.

We are the world’s first investment fund exclusively focused on the insect vertical.

Entopian was created based on the belief that a more sustainable food system is necessary, and that insects are a solution to a wide variety of problems, which fall into 3 primary categories:

  • Animal Feed for Aquaculture, Poultry, and Livestock
  • Organic Waste Management and Nutrient Upcycling
  • Human Food Security and Nutrition

Additionally, research into myriad insect by-products shows extensive promise across many industries, taking their potential beyond entomophagy and into an even broader market.

PURPOSE

Entopian Capital is a VC fund that invests in innovative early stage startups with exponential growth potential in the Insects as Feed & Food industry.

We are the world’s first investment fund exclusively focused on the insect vertical.

Entopian was created based on the belief that a more sustainable food system is necessary, and that insects are a solution to a wide variety of problems, which fall into 3 primary categories:

  • Animal Feed for Aquaculture, Poultry, and Livestock
  • Organic Waste Management and Nutrient Upcycling
  • Human Food Security and Nutrition

Additionally, research into myriad insect by-products shows extensive promise across many industries, taking their potential beyond entomophagy and into an even broader market.

TEAM

ALY MOORE

Managing Partner

MARVIN YEE

Administrative Partner

VAUGHN BLAKE

General Partner

JOSH GALT

General Partner

Managing Partner Aly Moore cooking insects on Netflix with Bill Nye and Margaret Cho

The Entopian team is purpose-built for a VC fund having a thematic focus rooted in both western consumer trends and emerging market developments.

We support our portfolio companies through unrivaled in-house sector expertise and resources, while our core executive team is at the epicenter of the rapidly expanding edible insects space, with a broad network and in-depth experience.

The insect category is being built by an internationally diverse spectrum of highly capable startup founders, and we understand and reflect that diversity within our team and our investments.

Entopian is led by the combination of two highly experienced VC’s and two driven entrepreneurs who are also renown authorities in the field of entomophagy. Our extended team is a veritable who’s who of the most knowledgeable insect research scientists, ag-tech consultants, and battle tested entopreneurs.

Globally connected, uniquely accomplished, and passionate about eating bugs, we are perfectly positioned to discover and develop what’s next in this exciting and evolutionary market.

The Entopian team is purpose-built for a VC fund having a thematic focus rooted in both western consumer trends and emerging market developments.

We support our portfolio companies through unrivaled in-house sector expertise and resources, while our core executive team is at the epicenter of the rapidly expanding edible insects space, with a broad network and in-depth experience.

The insect category is being built by an internationally diverse spectrum of highly capable startup founders, and we understand and reflect that diversity within our team and our investments.

Entopian is led by the combination of two highly experienced VC’s and two driven entrepreneurs who are also renown authorities in the field of entomophagy. Our extended team is a veritable who’s who of the most knowledgeable insect research scientists, ag-tech consultants, and battle tested entopreneurs.

Globally connected, uniquely accomplished, and passionate about eating bugs, we are perfectly positioned to discover and develop what’s next in this exciting and evolutionary market.

Managing Partner Aly Moore cooking insects on Netflix with Bill Nye and Margaret Cho

TBA

Venture Partner

TBA

Advisor

TBA

Advisor

TBA

Advisor

TBA

Advisor

TBA

Advisor

WHY INSECTS

There is an explosion of growth taking place across the insects as food and feed industry, driven in large part by new innovations at the intersection of food science and technology, and the worldwide movement toward alternative protein sources.                      

In the edible insect industry, this has led to solutions for food waste disposal, efficient insect farming at a mass scale, breakthrough discoveries of insect nutritional qualities, and more.

Underscoring these macro trends are the increasing global demands for protein, and social pressure for improved sustainability in the planet’s food supply.

We believe that insects can be the (delicious) key to both.

CATALYSTS

Because of the increase in knowledge and the pace of technological development, insects are no longer simply being studied casually for academic reasons – they are now more deeply understood on a cellular level, bred for ideal genetic strengths, and capable of being produced at a mass scale in an industrial setting.

These insects are today viewed not as pests, but as a potential commodity, ranging from a nutritious source for higher feed conversion rates, to a sustainable method of chitin and nutrient extraction for medicinal and other uses.

A massive disruption of entrenched legacy players in the planet’s food production has now begun, and utilizing the transformative power of insects we aim to play a major role in the development of innovative companies instigating positive change.

8 SIGNS FOR GROWTH

The United Nations FAO report on edible insects in 2013 sparked the initial speculation into edible insects, but the real gold rush is just beginning. Much like cannabis in previous years, the edible insect industry is under-capitalized while entering a phase of expansion.

The United Nations FAO report on edible insects in 2013 sparked the initial speculation into edible insects, but the real gold rush is just beginning. Much like cannabis in previous years, the edible insect industry is under-capitalized while entering a phase of expansion.

IMPACT

The edible insect industry as a whole has seen remarkable growth the past 5 years, and investors are excited by the potential for continued double-digit returns over the next decade.

Growth of Insects as Feed and Food is deeply intertwined with emerging trends which have inspired a fresh look at Corporate Social Responsibility, from the improved sustainability of replacing fishmeal and soymeal with insect feeds for livestock, fish, and poultry, to empowering social entrepreneurship for thousands of rural smallhold insect farmers in the developing world.

“The environment and context for investments in agriculture has changed dramatically … agricultural sector investments must now seek to increase competitiveness and profitability along the commodity chain from farmer to consumer, enhance sustainability for the environmental and natural resource base, and empower rural people to manage change.”
(World Bank)

FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENTS

Investors should take note of the fundamental shift in consumerism which has taken place over the past decade, and which extends beyond simply making purchasing decisions based on ‘all-natural’ foods and eco-friendly packaging.

Today there is a demand for commodity products – for example chicken, fish, or other meats – which were themselves fed in a sustainable, environmentally conscious manner.

While that may seem daunting, the good news is that early trials have shown animals which consume insect-based feeds can achieve higher feed conversion rates and require fewer hormones or antibiotics, thus reaching full maturity healthier and more quickly.

At the same time, honest adherence to the claims of humane treatment of animals (including insects), low ecological impact, and where warranted, social empowerment, are all important components of the message being delivered to early adopters.

Thus, investing in companies with a deliberate motive to produce a double or triple bottom line is key to brand-building in today’s interconnected world, as positive social and ecological impact leads to an increase in overall profitability.

PORTFOLIO

we invest with a thematic focus in pioneering high-growth insect companies

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FOOD

UPCYCLING

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