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9th February 2021  Product update: new protein staff writer

Russia's First Plant-Based Start-Up Incubator

ProVeg Incubator is partnering with the newly-formed Association of Alternative Food Products Producers (AAFPP) which is preparing to launch Russia’s first plant-based startup incubator.

The AAFPP is a non-profit that was set up in Russia by Julia Marsel and Tim Ponomarev, two of the founders of the ProVeg Incubator alumni startup Greenwise.

Together, the organisations will support and accelerate food and food-tech companies that are developing alternatives to animal-based products. This includes, for example, startups developing plant-based food or ingredients, cultured meat and seafood, or related tech products such as 3D bioprinting.

The incubator, based in the Moscow and Kaluga region, will be welcoming its first cohort of startups this spring. Participating entrepreneurs will be either based in Russia or the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) or focused on targeting those markets.

Julia Marsel, Co-founder of the AAFPP and of Greenwise, said: “We started as a plant-based brand but, over the years, we’ve broadened the scope of our activities and now see ourselves as drivers of Russian food tech. In Russia and other Russian-speaking regions, the alternative food market is still in its infancy and needs support. That’s why we decided to set up an organisation that, together with the ProVeg Incubator, will support startups and help to achieve our shared goal of a future food system that doesn’t rely on animal ingredients.”

Greenwise is one of Russia’s first plant-based meat companies. The startup graduated from the ProVeg Incubator in 2019 and is now selling products at over 2,000 retailers in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Greenwise also exports its meat alternatives to Hungary, Estonia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

Albrecht Wolfmeyer, Head of the ProVeg Incubator, said: “We are excited to be developing the market for animal-free food innovations in the Russian-speaking countries, together with the AAFPP. The potential impact of this project is enormous, given that the target region has a population of around 240 million people. We will bring our experience and know-how to the table, having already built a pioneering food incubator, and look forward to mentoring startup founders and connecting them to partners from Germany and beyond.”

The ProVeg Incubator is the world’s leading Incubator of plant-based and cultured food startups. Since its launch, two years ago, the ProVeg Incubator has supported over 45 startups from all over the world, helping them to raise a collective €30 million and launch more than 100 products.

The ProVeg Incubator is currently accepting startup applications to join the upcoming edition of its accelerator programme, which will kick off in April 2021. Interested founders can apply online by clicking here.



Date Published: 9th February 2021

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