Focus areas.

Early stage investments in alt protein startups in Asia Pacific.

If your project moves us to a better food system for people, animals and planet, let's talk.

Plant based
Cell based
Biomass fermentation
Precision fermentation
Molecular farming

Founding

Preseed

Seed

How much do you invest? 🙋
Our checks are USD
$ 200 to 700 k normally
Got it! And terms?🙏
We like SAFEs - they're founder friendly and great for early stage 🌱

Founder friendly.
No red tape.

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What our founders say...

👶🏻 ME&
Esha Saxena

"Better Bite were our first check. Simon & Michal aren’t afraid to back ambitious projects early”

🍄 BLUE CANOPY
Chenfeng Lu

"The team were super responsive and friendly. We had a great experience in our pre-seed”

🌱 GREEN REBEL
Helga Angelina

"Michal and Simon believed in us from the earliest days, through all the ups and downs"

Startups.

Meet our alt protein heroes.

Working to become China’s leader in mass-market alt protein ingredients using biomass fermentation, co-founded by Chenfeng Lu and Juchuan Zhou

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China’s pioneering cultivated meat startup, co-founded by Ziliang Yang, Ning Xiang, Binlu Huang and Ran Liu

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Founded in Australia and reinventing cheese globally with precision fermentation technology, co-founded by David Bucca and Prof. Junior Te’o

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Transforming mushrooms into meat, co-founded by Michael Fox and Jim Fuller, headquartered in Australia and expanding globally.

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South East Asia’s leading plant-based meat and dairy startup, co-founded by Helga Angelina and Max Mandias in Indonesia

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Unlocking the potential of localized and affordable plant protein products in India, founded by Gaurav Sharma.

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Recreating the magic of human breast milk. Addressing a large infant nutrition market with cell-based technology, co-founded by Esha Saxena and Luis Malaver-Ortega in Australia

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Developing cultivated poultry out of Singapore, co-founded by Elwin Tan, Jason Chua, Benjamin Chua and Prof. Teh Bin Tean

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Miruku, pioneering the future of dairy through the new frontiers of applied botany a.k.a. molecular farming technology, co-founded by Amos Palfreyman, Ira Bing, Oded Shoseyov and Harjinder Singh in New Zealand.

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India's Liberate Foods, makers of Shaka Harry plant-based snacks and meals, co-founded by Anand Nagarajan, Sandeep Devgan, Ruth Renitha and Anoop Haridasan.

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Next Gen Foods, makers of TiNDLE plant-based chicken, co-founded by Timo Recker and Andre Menezes, based out of Singapore

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Tackling sustainability issues of seafood by developing cell-cultured fish, founded by Mihir Pershad in Singapore

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Team.

Mission driven operators.

Michal Klar
Founding Partner

An experienced startup operator and investor. 12 years in Asia Pacific. Ex-Naspers. Michal grew OLX Indonesia to millions of users and launched Thailand's leading C2C marketplace with Tencent. Driven by environmental sustainability, plant-based for years and dedicated to accelerating the alt protein industry in Asia.

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Simon Newstead
Founding Partner

Startup founder and impact investor. Half Indonesian, with years based in Hong Kong. Scaled Juniper's emerging tech business in Asia, and co-founded mobile game company Frenzoo, plant-based food company Bite Society (sold) and vegan fashion brand Kinds of Grace. Over a decade vegan, Simon is active in effective altruism and earn-to-give movements.

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Sonalie Figueiras
Venture Partner

Serial entrepreneur, the founder & editor-in-chief of Green Queen, an award-winning impact media platform and one of the world's leading outlets for alternative protein news and analysis. She founded Ekowarehouse and co-founded SourceGreenPackaging.com, the world's first global marketplace for sustainable packaging with a mission to fight single-use plastic waste.

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Friends and backers

Better Bite is backed by major impact investors, growth stage fund managers, family offices as well as food and tech entrepreneurs from Asia, the U.S. and Europe. We also collaborate with technical experts in food science, cultivated meat and other areas of biotechnology. We're thankful for the support of our Better Bite Tribe!

How it works.

A simple investment process.

Here's a common flow.

At each step we'll get back to you if we're good for the next step. If not, we'll share why.

1.

Getting in touch 👋

No warm intros needed, simply send your deck to pitch@betterbite.vc - Michal and Simon read and reply to all. If you want to chat first our contacts are here

2.

First call 👩🏻

Normally a zoom to get to know you, your team and vision, and also for us to answer any questions you have. The session is friendly and informal.

3.

Digging in 🔍

We'll send questions to help us understand the market, technology and your team better, so we can do our assessment. If you have a data-room, this is a good time to share it. It's also a chance to talk with our other founders.

Based on this Michal and Simon will come to a go/no-go decision.

4.

Termsheet 🤝🏻

We suggest a YC based SAFE which is founder friendly, fast and simple. We're fine with convertible notes or equity too. Once valuation and terms are agreed, we'll do a 1-page termsheet.

Next is due diligence which we try to finish within a few weeks.

5.

Money wired 🌱

Once due diligence is done and we're all happy, we'll sign legals and transfer the funds!

From that point, as one of our portfolio companies we'll support your startup journey all the way. Whenever you need help or a sounding board we're here.

Our values.

A personal commitment to you.

1.

Trust for the long term🤝🏻

Above all, we value long term relationships built on trust, rather than short-term, zero-sum thinking. We know world-changing R&D takes time - and that's just fine with us.

2.

Ethics matter 😇

We will always respect your wishes and what's confidential will never be shared. How we do what we do is important.

3.

Clear communication 📖

We've been on the other side of the table raising money, and we know what it's like to be ghosted by VCs who don't respect your efforts. We promise to always let you know where you stand and answer your questions clearly.

4.

Responsiveness 🛵

Sitting around waiting for days or weeks for a reply to a message is frustrating. We strive to always stay fast and responsive, and avoid red-tape.

5.

We work for you 👍🏻

At the end of the day, our top priority to help you succeed. Everything else is secondary.

6.

Giving back 🐣

Apart from supporting startup founders, we also make time for intiatives like the Vegan Startup Podcast, career advice and mentoring.

We also give to environmental, animal welfare and effective altruism causes. For us it's about planet and purpose.

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Monthly emails on Asia's alt protein industry and the latest portco updates.

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