20 foodtech startups to watch, according to investors

20 foodtech startups to watch, according to investors

European foodtech startups raised $6.3bn in 2022 — a dip from 2021’s $10.9bn however progress on 2020’s $3.2bn. Grocery supply firm Getir’s $768m Series E increase in March 2022 got here out on high as the largest spherical of the 12 months, according to Dealroom, and Austria’s foodtech ecosystem made probably the most progress globally, with VC funding rising 11x.

The early-stage scene can be making progress: foodtech ended the 12 months because the third best-funded sector at seed-stage in Europe in December, with a complete of €34m.

So as we head into 2023, which foodtechs must be in your radar? Sifted requested 5 investors to share the startups they reckon everybody will desire a chunk of quickly — the one caveat is that they couldn’t be portfolio firms.  

Christian Guba — principal at FoodLabs

FoodLabs is an early-stage, Berlin-based VC investing in meals, well being and sustainability startups.  

Christian Guba — principal at FoodLabs

Root Global

Root Global is a next-generation carbon accounting and sourcing startup specializing in the meals provide chain. Just over a 3rd of greenhouse gasoline emissions between 1990 and 2015 had been meals associated, according to a 2021 study, and there’s nice potential for meals producers and teams to scale back emissions by deciding on and analysing the fitting suppliers, which Root Global’s knowledge units, tailor-made local weather methods and clear sustainability experiences purpose to assist firms obtain. 

Prose Foods

Molecular farming is without doubt one of the most promising applied sciences aiming to produce actual animal proteins utilizing crops as hosts. Prose Foods is constructing a platform that makes use of computational biology to uncover and specific proteins in crops, and is led by an award-winning researcher from Stanford.

Ark Biotech

1.5m tonnes of cultured meat are projected to be produced by 2030 according to the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment — so, higher bioreactors and bioprocesses tailored to animal cells are wanted to scale manufacturing. Ark is growing fit-for-purpose reasonably priced bioreactors for the commercial manufacturing of cultivated meat to clear up the issue of capability. 

Julienne Bruno

Plant-based cheese has a tough time profitable shopper adoption, primarily due to style disparity with the dairy various. But Julienne Bruno has discovered a means to make dairy-free burrata and stracciatella alternate options nearly indistinguishable from actual cheese.

Nadim El Khazen — associate, PeakBridge VC

PeakBridge is a world agritech and foodtech investor with round €200m in property below administration. Targets embrace seed to Series B firms on the intersection of local weather, well being and meals.  

Nadim El Khazen — partner, PeakBridge VC

WNWN Food Labs

London-based WNWN Food Labs (pronounced “win-win”) develops a scrumptious and scalable various chocolate product with out the dangerous affect of the cacao business, which is reliant on deforestation and little one labour. WNWN’s proprietary precision fermentation know-how can create a full vary of moral, sustainable and resilient chocolate alternate options whereas utilizing native and plentiful substances, akin to barley.


Revyve upcycles the yeast coming from the facet streams of the world’s largest breweries. Through its proprietary course of the corporate creates easy and sustainable proteins and fibres with distinctive purposeful properties, which may substitute animal-based substances and E-numbers. By circularly sourcing feedstock from longterm companions akin to AB InBev, Revyve doesn’t want to develop any biomass.


CarobMethod is wanting to maximise the potential of the carob fruit worldwide. Combining agritech and foodtech options, it goals to fill a void in provide and introduce new functions for this superfood, from providing an alternate to artificial sweeteners and purposeful proteins to properties that may probably be used for wellness merchandise. Carob is a key ingredient in dairy merchandise, and a extremely sustainable crop that requires little or no water and no post-harvest chilly storage. 


Hyperplan is a Paris-based SaaS firm. Its mission is to help the anticipations of the meals business and mitigate the more and more unstable agricultural provide. Hyperplan’s know-how, based mostly on satellite tv for pc and meteorological knowledge, allows meals gamers to make knowledgeable tactical and strategic selections for the success of their industrial or industrial operations. This contains financial effectivity, CO2 depth optimisation and meals loss discount.

Eléonore Lafonta — affiliate at Five Seasons Ventures

Five Seasons Ventures is a number one pan European foodtech enterprise capital fund investing in firms at Series A stage. 

Eléonore Lafonta — associate at Five Seasons Ventures


Perfood is a German startup engaged on glucose monitoring with varied functions, as analysis has proven that a variety of persistent illnesses are linked to blood glucose degree. Its first reimbursed answer is for migraines: the group has developed an answer that allows sufferers to deal with migraines with out medicine. Its long-term imaginative and prescient is to grow to be a one-stop-shop platform to help sufferers with persistent situations. 

Seafood Reboot

A French startup engaged on seafood alternate options, Seafood Reboot — a spin-off of the algae specialist Algama — is growing a variety of plant-based seafood merchandise. It creates all the pieces from salmon and spreads to tuna, utilizing algae as the primary ingredient. 


This French firm is popping waste into tomorrow’s substances. It makes use of an automatic platform to join an organization with meals waste to one other enterprise that wants the cut-offs to make its personal new product — for instance, the orange peel left over from making orange juice can be utilized to make orange-flavoured extract. 

Jean-Gabriel Tarnaud — enterprise supervisor at Döhler Ventures

Döhler Ventures is investing into seed-stage startups within the vitamin and know-how ecosystem across the globe.

Jean-Gabriel Tarnaud — venture manager at Döhler Ventures


EvodiaBio is a Danish startup that creates aromas by way of fermentation. Currently, the manufacturing of those compounds includes intensive farming or the necessity to synthesise them in a fancy course of, so EvodiaBio has created a extra pure and sustainable means to produce the aromas. It’s began by changing recent hops, pellets or hop oil — substances which can be usually used to make beer — with yeast-derived aromas within the brewing course of to make non-alcoholic beers style extra like the actual factor. 


BettaF!sh is a German startup providing a complete vary of merchandise based mostly on its plant-based tuna ingredient, “Tu-Nah”, created from fava beans. With present merchandise together with sandwiches, pizzas and spreads, the corporate pairs meals know-how with compelling branding. 

Plant B

Plant B is one other German startup, targeted on producing plant-based alternate options for eggs. Based on lupins, the product is a liquid supposed to be included into your on a regular basis recipes, whereas nonetheless behaving like a daily egg and bringing construction and richness to your dishes.


UK startup Mondra focuses on creating transparency within the ecological footprint of merchandise, as each shoppers and producers are more and more taken with understanding their affect on the setting. Through its platform it’s in a position to measure a product’s affect throughout its full lifecycle and supply steerage by way of data-driven insights and benchmarks.

Eden Bio

Another UK startup, Eden Bio operates on the intersection of biology and data know-how. Its machine studying programme can enhance the yield of proteins produced for firms utilizing fermentation to create proteins, by discovering the perfect mixture of genetical engineering processes of microorganisms. 

Gustaf Brandberg — associate at Gullspång Re:meals

Gullspång Re:meals is a for-profit, evergreen funding agency in Stockholm and San Francisco, investing in early-growth firms driving the shifts to sustainable proteins and fat, wholesome diets, sustainable provide chains and wholesome soil.

A headshot of Gustaf Brandberg — partner at Gullspång Re:food

The Mediterranean Food Lab

The Mediterranean Food Lab (MFL) is a next-generation flavour home, producing clear flavour substances from meals waste utilizing fermentation with substances like grains, legumes and greens. The primary barrier limiting the adoption of plant-based alternate options is style, which is an issue MFL is hoping to clear up by making extra interesting flavours to be used within the manufacturing of different proteins. 

Heura Foods

Heura Foods has a broad portfolio of plant-based merchandise with robust model loyalty in Iberia, producing a variety of different protein merchandise like rooster burgers, nuggets and chorizo. Its merchandise are largely made from genetically modified organism (GMO)-free pea and soy protein. 

Onego Bio

Onego Bio makes use of precision fermentation to produce animal-free egg white in a protected, cost-efficient and environmentally sound means. It introduces microflora organisms grown in a bioreactor with cells that immediate it to produce egg white as a substitute of its regular protein, eliminating the necessity for a rooster. 

Planet A

Founded by two siblings, Planet A produces cacao and palm-oil-free chocolate — dubbed Nocoa — by fermenting plant-based supplies. The course of implies that the chocolate could be produced regionally slightly than utilizing restricted land sources or exploiting labour. The various to palm oil, Nocoa Butter, will also be used as an ingredient by itself.

Sadia Nowshin is editorial assistant at Sifted. She tweets from @sadianowshin_