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The Vegan Startup podcast features unfiltered chats with founders from around the world, sharing the exciting experience of getting a new project going and growing.

From early struggles, rejections, breakthroughs and navigating monumental decisions, we're going deep into the minds of a tribe who are changing the world for the better.

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Time to get inspired!

The Vegan Startup podcast features unfiltered chats with founders from around the world, sharing the exciting experience of getting a new project going and growing.

From early struggles, rejections, breakthroughs and navigating monumental decisions, we're going deep into the minds of a tribe who are changing the world for the better.

Want to be featured on this show?

Email hello@veganstartuppod.com or message us on social @veganstartuppod.

Podcast notes can be found at: https://veganstartuppod.com/

    Yoghurt x China - Marvelous Foods

    Yoghurt x China - Marvelous Foods

    Christiana Zhu has always wanted to be an entrepreneur. It wasn’t until she moved to China however, that she landed upon the idea that would take her there. Developing allergies herself and having observed a lack of good quality lactose-free options in the market she decided to found Marvelous Foods, a plant-based dairy company providing premium snacks starting with Greek-style coconut yoghurt. In this episode we chat more with Christiana about her background growing up and working in NZ’s sustainable tourism space and how that informs her current work. We also discuss Marvelous’ current products, branding and scaling process, as well as the logistical differences that arise when distributing in the Chinese market.
    Blog: Yoghurt x China
    Website: Vegan Startup
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    • 36 min
    Pioneers for the Philippines - WTH Foods

    Pioneers for the Philippines - WTH Foods

    As a biologist, Stephen Michael Co understands and has witnessed first-hand the destructive nature of industrial agriculture on our environment. With a support for small-hold farmers as well as a love for science commercialisation he started his own vegan craft beer company Nipa Brew. 5 years later and Stephen is now the CEO of the Philippines’ first plant-based protein company Worth The Health (WTH) Foods. In this week’s episode we get raw and real about the challenges faced when starting up in a region where the market is early, as well as the complexities that arise when trying to find the right co-manufacturer. We also talk about the potential positive impact of micro algae, and what other exciting things WTH Foods has lined up for the future.
    Blog: Pioneers for the Philippines
    Website: Vegan Startup
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    • 33 min
    Cheese, Changed - Change Foods

    Cheese, Changed - Change Foods

    Five years ago David Bucca underwent a period of personal change that led not only to a new lifestyle, but also sparked a transition in his career. Leaving his job with Boeing, he decided to focus on accelerating innovations in food technology helping launch independent think tank Food Frontier, as well as taking on the role of APAC regional manager for plant-based meat company Hungry Planet. Now as a founder and CEO of his own company, Change Foods, David is utilising precision-fermentation technology to re-create real cheese. In this episode we chat more about David’s history in aerospace engineering as well as his experience having worked with multiple different companies in the plant-based space. We also discuss Change Foods' technological approach, strategic placement of HQ and how to bring on risk-averse investors in the Australian region.
    Blog: Cheese, Changed
    Website: Vegan Startup
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    • 53 min
    Cultivated Crustaceans - Shiok Meats

    Cultivated Crustaceans - Shiok Meats

    In 2016 Sandhya Sriram made the leap from her job as a stem cell scientist into the realm of business development. Having previously co-founded two startups, in 2018 she co-founded and has been working full time on her newest venture Shiok Meats, a cultivated seafood company based in Singapore. In this week’s episode we explore why crustaceans and some of the technological differences between cultivating seafood compared to mammalian meats such as beef. We also discuss the startup’s encouraging research findings on consumer perceptions around the new technology and what this means moving forward, as well as how to find strength and support in moments of doubt and adversity.
    Blog: Shiok Meats
    @shiokmeats 
    Website: Vegan Startup
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    • 44 min
    Indo Innovation - Green Butcher

    Indo Innovation - Green Butcher

    After returning to Indonesia from her studies abroad, Helga realised just how few plant-based options were available for her and others that wished to live an animal-free lifestyle. In a bid to change this together with her partner Max, she cofounded Burgreens which has now grown to be Indonesia’s leading plant-based restaurant chain. Several years later, Helga and her partner are cofounding another business, Green Butcher, a startup focussed on creating tasty vegan meats for the Asian palette. In this episode we discuss more about the alternative protein market in Indonesia, changing attitudes and perceptions of the public, the brand’s recently announced partnership with Starbucks, and other future collaborations that lay ahead for the team.
    Blog: Indo Innovation
    Website: Vegan Startup
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    • 33 min
    Milk & More - TurtleTree

    Milk & More - TurtleTree

    Whilst on a mission to create real milk without the mammal, one thing kept coming up for Turtletree cofounder Max Rye: the rising importance of human milk, both from an infant formula and overall human health perspective. Pioneering a method of cellular agriculture which can utilise cell-lines to make milk from cow and human alike, Singapore-based startup Turtletree are bringing something new and novel to the industry. In this week’s episode we talk more with Max on their unique technological approach, as well as regulatory processes and what these mean for product timeline and branding. We also discuss the launch of Turtletree Scientific, a recently-launched branch of the company which focusses on creating growth factors and media which can lower the cost of cell-based products, advancing the path to commercialisation.
    Blog: Milk & More
    Website: Vegan Startup
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    • 37 min

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