Victor Friedberg

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About Victor Friedberg

Victor Friedberg is a well-known thought leader in food system innovation, investment, and sustainable global development, having cofounded S2G Ventures, a leading venture fund investing in farm-to-fork food and agriculture where he built its thesis, team and portfolio.  He was lead investor on Beyond Meat, Ripple, sweetgreen, Maple Hill Creamery, Apeel Science, Ataraxis and Lavva where he is Executive Chairman; he co-founded LAUNCH, the innovation accelerator funded by NASA, USAID, US State Dept. and NIKE; was named a 2016 Top 25 deal maker in Consumer Products by Forbes Magazine; and was Executive Director at WIRED Magazine. Victor is also the Founder and Chairman of FoodShot Global, a new non-profit investment platform to catalyze breakthrough scientific and technological solutions – Moonshots for Better Food – to cultivate a healthier, more sustainable, and equitable food system. 

Why You Should Listen

Victor has been at the forefront of innovation, global development and sustainability for more than 20 years and it was a pleasure to get the chance to catch up with him to talk about his latest efforts to transform the food system with the help of technology.

We discuss:

  • Changing attitudes around food and why people, especially younger generations, are more willing to pay more for food that is healthy.

  • His role as an investor for companies like Beyond Meat, Apeel, and more.

  • Lavva, an exciting dairy-free yogurt brand he’s invested in that’s completely reinventing the vegan yogurt category.

  • His newest endeavor, FoodShot Global, and what he is looking for in researchers and entrepreneurs who can now apply for grants to fund their “moon shot” idea to create a more sustainable food system.

Victor is incredibly intelligent and a big picture thinker and this is a dense conversation filled with advice for entrepreneurs as well as a lot of big new ideas that just might be the ticket to solving our impending food crisis. To learn more about how Victor is helping to do this, listen in!

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