• Science Center Venture Cafe (map)
  • 3675 Market Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19104

Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld, with Maker Meetup, are sponsoring 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. 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

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.

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.