Cacao seed – Cacao VM http://cacaovm.org/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 05:26:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cacaovm.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile-150x150.png Cacao seed – Cacao VM http://cacaovm.org/ 32 32 Alongside Wildlife Foundation Seed Grant Program https://cacaovm.org/alongside-wildlife-foundation-seed-grant-program/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/alongside-wildlife-foundation-seed-grant-program/ Deadline: September 15, 2022 The Alongside Wildlife Foundation announced the grant program to support the kinds of important wildlife projects that are typically overlooked by most large organisations. This is a seed grant program, which means they give priority to projects that have not yet started or are in their first year. Projects should focus […]]]>

Deadline: September 15, 2022

The Alongside Wildlife Foundation announced the grant program to support the kinds of important wildlife projects that are typically overlooked by most large organisations.

This is a seed grant program, which means they give priority to projects that have not yet started or are in their first year. Projects should focus on terrestrial and riparian animals (including invertebrates). They generally do not finance maritime works. They do not fund projects that offer deadly solutions to human-wildlife conflicts. They do not fund wildlife rehabilitation work.

They will continue to support US-based wildlife conservation efforts with their growing Land Fund and special initiatives.

To note: This is not a large foundation financially supported by wealthy individuals, organizations or endowments and they receive many more requests than they could fund. They are fully supported by their growing grassroots network of small, recurring donors; if you appreciate the work they do (including this grant program) and wish they could do more, they hope you will consider joining this network.

To concentrate

The projects they support focus on natural history, science communication or living alongside wildlife.

  • Natural Story: despite growing calls to recognize and appreciate natural history, this type of research is rarely prioritized; they fund projects that generate basic but vital information about the species alongside us.
  • Science Communication: Scientists and science communicators are under pressure to reach and engage with new audiences and their grant program is designed to support this work; they focus on projects that facilitate and encourage science communication projects that aim to reduce human/wildlife conflict. Projects must include new and creative collaborations between scientists and artists.
  • Living next to Wildlife: As their landscapes become increasingly human-dominated, it is essential to generate and implement coexistence strategies that allow wildlife to persist alongside us. They fund projects that evaluate or implement science-based strategies to reduce human/wildlife conflict.
Project categories

These categories best represent the focus on wildlife: birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, plants and fungi

Funding Information

They will accept proposals up to US$2,000.

Eligibility criteria
  • Eligible projects must be based internationally (outside the United States). They will continue to support US-based wildlife conservation efforts with their growing Land Fund and special initiatives.
  • You can find a list of application questions on their website.
Remarks
  • If you represent an international or small organization with a limited online presence, The Alongside Wildlife Foundation appreciates independent letters written on your behalf when evaluating your proposal as well as additional information that allows us to learn more about your project or your institution.
  • If you are a graduate student, please include a letter of support from your advisor. Letters can be submitted by you immediately after submitting your application or submitted before the application deadline by your advisor. If you choose to have your advisor submit a letter, please send them the link to the letter submission portal, which you will have access to after submitting your proposal.

For more information, visit https://alongsidewildlifefoundation.org/grants/

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Paying our arrears to prevent food security crisis – National Seed Trade Association tells Ministry of Finance https://cacaovm.org/paying-our-arrears-to-prevent-food-security-crisis-national-seed-trade-association-tells-ministry-of-finance/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 14:10:30 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/paying-our-arrears-to-prevent-food-security-crisis-national-seed-trade-association-tells-ministry-of-finance/ The National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) has requested the Ministry of Finance to pay the sums owed to it. According to the Association, if this is not done, the country could experience a worsening food security situation and a possible collapse of the government’s flagship program, Planting for Food and Jobs. In a […]]]>

The National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) has requested the Ministry of Finance to pay the sums owed to it.

According to the Association, if this is not done, the country could experience a worsening food security situation and a possible collapse of the government’s flagship program, Planting for Food and Jobs.

In a statement signed by the president of NASTAG, the Association said that for the past two years it has been compelled to offer sacrificial services to the government, despite the unavailability of funds.

This, the Association said, can no longer continue, hence the need for the government to honor all of its financial obligations to them.

“The food security situation could worsen as most of these small producers are likely to abandon their fields. Over 40,000 smallholder farmers are directly or indirectly affected by the unduly delayed payment and are likely to affect over 700,000 other smallholder farmers who depend on local seed growers for seed and sponsorship to produce their grain .

The current increase in food prices could worsen in the coming months and next year if something imminent is not done for the payment of this debt.

The northern sector is at the height of its season while the southern sector is entering the short rainy season. With immediate payments, farmers could still produce sufficient quantities of various seeds for the 2023 planting season and reduce food prices in the country,” the statement read.

The Association also warned that “any further delay in payment would mean low local food production, with high import dependency with a growing exchange rate between the Ghanaian Cedi and major global currencies (e.g. US Dollar). Chinese Yuan, European Euro and British Pounds).

The Association added that if their concerns are not addressed, they can resort to other alternatives to have their grievances addressed.

“We therefore hope that your intervention on this issue will yield the desired results; ensure that seed companies receive their full payments by the end of September 2022.

While hoping for a positive response as soon as possible, NASTAG management has done enough to contain several calls for public unrest from members and they should not be blamed as any further delay could lead to spontaneous protests at across the country,” the statement concluded. .

Meanwhile, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, gave 100% rating to the government’s Plantation for Food and Employment Policy.

According to him, the impact of the policy on Ghana’s agricultural sector has been staggering and he hopes the policy will continue to yield phenomenal results in the years to come.

Speaking on an earlier edition of JoyNews’ PM Express in June this year, the Minister said that the impact of the policy on the attitude of Ghanaians towards agriculture and agriculture in general is immeasurable.

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Avenatur: Former Oatly Director Raises ‘Meaningful’ Seed Funding for Global Growth – vegconomist https://cacaovm.org/avenatur-former-oatly-director-raises-meaningful-seed-funding-for-global-growth-vegconomist/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 08:05:38 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/avenatur-former-oatly-director-raises-meaningful-seed-funding-for-global-growth-vegconomist/ Finland Avenatur announces the closing of a seed round with the aim of expanding its portfolio of oat products and increasing its reach in the Asia-Pacific region. Co-founded in 2021 by David Peters, former boss of Oatly UK and founder of the American brand Oatworks, and Janis Arbidans, Business development Advisor for Umami United in […]]]>

Finland Avenatur announces the closing of a seed round with the aim of expanding its portfolio of oat products and increasing its reach in the Asia-Pacific region.

Co-founded in 2021 by David Peters, former boss of Oatly UK and founder of the American brand Oatworks, and Janis Arbidans, Advisor for Umami United in Japan; the company claims to offer “healthy oat products of higher quality and with a lower environmental impact than regular dairy products”.

Avenatur’s premium products are the result of our passion for oat-based foods and beverages and our pioneering knowledge and experience in the field.

“We recognized the importance of raising the quality bar for plant-based dairy products; that’s why we work closely with our customers to develop and manufacture products that work for them and their consumers. We are constantly looking to innovate and improve, so that our products can attract more consumers to the category,” said David Peters, co-founder of Avenatur.

©Avenatur

Products and news

Avenatur produces dairy oats from locally grown oats in Finland. Its portfolio includes regular oatmeal drinks, barista milk, oatmeal creams and yogurts that are made with just three ingredients, according to the company.

The most recent innovations include on-the-go tea drinks, whipping cream and single-serve barista milk designed to meet the growing demands of single-person households. Avenatur’s range also includes oat-based chocolate and oat milk powder.

“Our desire to create new types of plant-based dairy stems from our deep scientific understanding of oats as a hero ingredient, providing a healthy, sustainable and flavorful foundation for a wide range of plant-based products. . Avenatur’s premium products are the result of our passion for oat-based foods and beverages and our pioneering knowledge and experience in the field,” the company states.

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‘The Bad Seed Returns’ Ending Potentially Creates Another Lifetime Movie Sequel https://cacaovm.org/the-bad-seed-returns-ending-potentially-creates-another-lifetime-movie-sequel/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 02:06:57 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/the-bad-seed-returns-ending-potentially-creates-another-lifetime-movie-sequel/ Have we seen the last of Emma Grossman? The little girl with the murderous side we first met in Lifetime’s The bad seed grew, but it did not reform. In The bad seed returns, airing September 5, Emma continues to exact revenge on those who cross her path, with deadly results. By the end of […]]]>

Have we seen the last of Emma Grossman? The little girl with the murderous side we first met in Lifetime’s The bad seed grew, but it did not reform. In The bad seed returns, airing September 5, Emma continues to exact revenge on those who cross her path, with deadly results. By the end of the movie, she’s racked up the full body count. And there could be more, if Lifetime decides to make a third. Bad Seed film.

[Warning: This article contains spoilers for The Bad Seed Returns.]

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GREENEST secures pre-seed funding from alternative protein investors https://cacaovm.org/greenest-secures-pre-seed-funding-from-alternative-protein-investors/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 11:48:30 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/greenest-secures-pre-seed-funding-from-alternative-protein-investors/ Indian plant-based protein brand GREENEST has announced pre-seed funding from Asian alternative protein leader VC Better Bite Ventures and Indian food and agribusiness veteran Sachid Madan. GREENEST did not disclose the amount of the investment, but said the amount raised will be used to grow the organization, its product line and its distribution footprint. The […]]]>

Indian plant-based protein brand GREENEST has announced pre-seed funding from Asian alternative protein leader VC Better Bite Ventures and Indian food and agribusiness veteran Sachid Madan. GREENEST did not disclose the amount of the investment, but said the amount raised will be used to grow the organization, its product line and its distribution footprint. The company says it has B2B partnerships with some 200 restaurant players, including many progressive restaurants and chains such as Burgrill, Wat a Burger, Chocolate Room, Biggies Burger, Freshmenu and Eatfit, among others.

Better Bite Ventures is the first venture capital fund dedicated entirely to alternative protein investments in Asia-Pacific. Sachid Madan, former Managing Director of ITC’s Fresh F&L and Frozen Foods business, is known for starting and growing businesses such as Wheel powder for Hindustan Unilever, Act II Popcorn for Conagra India and ITC Masterchef, and was also President of FICCI’s National Agri. Committee.

GREENEST said the funding will help it develop smarter and more sustainable ways to introduce premium and cost-effective plant-based alternatives to the Indian market. He said the fund will focus on harnessing plant-based and cell-based agriculture technologies to create climate-friendly alternatives to meat, dairy, eggs and seafood that are better for people, communities and communities. animals and the planet.

According to Future Market Insights market report “The Plant Based Revolution: Growth Opportunities and Winning Strategies in the Global and Indian Plant based food market”, the Indian plant based food market is expected to reach US$400-450 million in over the next 5 years. India is a leading producer of protein-rich crops and is well placed to serve the domestic and international plant-based foods sector.


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GREENEST raises pre-seed funds from Better Bite Ventures and food and agriculture veteran, Sachid Madan https://cacaovm.org/greenest-raises-pre-seed-funds-from-better-bite-ventures-and-food-and-agriculture-veteran-sachid-madan/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 11:35:02 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/greenest-raises-pre-seed-funds-from-better-bite-ventures-and-food-and-agriculture-veteran-sachid-madan/ Singapore/ New Delhi [India], Sept. 1 (ANI/NewsSee): GREENEST, India’s pioneering plant-based protein brand, announces pre-seed funding from Asia’s leading alt protein VC, Better Bite Ventures, and Indian food and agribusiness veteran , Sahid Madan. India is on the verge of exponential growth in the field of plant proteins and GREENEST aims to be at the […]]]>

Singapore/ New Delhi [India], Sept. 1 (ANI/NewsSee): GREENEST, India’s pioneering plant-based protein brand, announces pre-seed funding from Asia’s leading alt protein VC, Better Bite Ventures, and Indian food and agribusiness veteran , Sahid Madan. India is on the verge of exponential growth in the field of plant proteins and GREENEST aims to be at the forefront.

GREENEST, known for its Indianized and affordable range of plant-based protein products, is the first in the country to have entered into a series of B2B partnerships with leading restaurant players such as Burgrill, Wat a Burger, Chocolate Room, Biggies Burger, Freshmenu, Eatfit et al. GREENEST’s restaurant partnerships currently cover approximately 200 stores with plans for rapid expansion with Fresh Brew. Last year, the startup made waves when it launched the nation’s first plant-based meat burger, The Green Meat Pounder, in conjunction with Burgrill at all major Burger locations.

Better Bite Ventures is the first venture capital fund dedicated entirely to alternative protein investments in Asia-Pacific. The fund focuses on harnessing cellular and plant-based agriculture technologies to create climate-friendly alternatives to meat, dairy, eggs and seafood that are better for people, animals and the planet.

Michal Klar, General Partner of Better Bite Ventures, said, “At Better Bite, we strongly believe in the long-term potential of the alternative protein sector in India. We are honored to support Gaurav and his team at GREENEST, one of the pioneer factories. country-based meat startups. They introduced their products to consumers by partnering with many progressive restaurants and chains. The building of a more sustainable ‘smart protein’ market in India has begun and we look forward to seeing GREENEST’s contribution.

Sachid Madan brings cutting-edge expertise as the former general manager of ITC’s fresh F&V and frozen food business. He is known for starting and scaling companies such as Wheel powder for Hindustan Unilever, Act II Popcorn for Conagra India and ITC Masterchef. He continues to be actively involved in policy formulation after serving in prestigious positions such as Chairman of the National Agricultural Committee of FICCI.

Sachid Madan, said, “Unlocking the potential of plant proteins in India is going to be the biggest and most rewarding challenge in food and agriculture. Getting there takes hard, smart work and a long-term horizon. I have seen a common understanding of this opportunity, a focus on unit economy, and a patient, continuous learning approach. I am thrilled to be part of GREENEST’s journey to success. »

Gaurav Sharma, Founder and CEO of GREENEST, said, “We are delighted to have closed our pre-seed financing with a brilliant set of investors. Better Bite Ventures backs some of the most phenomenal startups in this space and we are delighted that they have chosen GREENEST to be part of their international portfolio. With Sachid’s deep understanding of the Indian consumer and strong track record of building profitable businesses in the past, we are ready to unlock the Indian alt protein opportunity and expand the market with our unique strategy.

With this round, we look forward to expanding our team, product line, and distribution footprint to maintain our position as the most superior and cost-effective herbal alternative product in the Indian market. This funding brings us one step closer to building a fairer food system where we have smarter, more sustainable ways to meet human needs rather than having animals on our plates. »

Rajeev Chitrabhanu, ex-Head and Founder of JM Morgan Stanley India’s Magnetic, who is one of India’s most respected investment bankers, advisors and investors, was the first to identify GREENEST’s potential and support the brand known for launching India’s first hyper-realistic factory. based Shami kebabs in 2020. “When we met Gaurav, he stood out as a founder and his mission to create a portfolio of affordable, clean-label plant-based proteins was something we saw as an international trend. The Indian market is gearing up for a protein-rich, eco-friendly meat alternative and we are delighted to have supported GREENEST from the start of their journey,” said Rajeev.

According to Future Market Insights market report “The Plant-Based Revolution: Growth Opportunities and Winning Strategies in the Global and Indian Plant-based food market”, the Indian plant-based food market is expected to reach $400-450 million Americans in the next 5 years. India is a leading producer of protein-rich crops and is well placed to serve the domestic and international plant-based foods sector.

GREENEST (https://greenestfoods.com) is India’s leading plant-based protein start-up working to create hyper-realistic meats made using cutting-edge research. With a strong presence across digital and offline distribution channels, GREENEST caters to a growing base of environmentally conscious consumers looking to replace their favorite meat dishes with plant-based alternatives.

Better Bite Ventures (https://www.betterbite.vc) was created by Michal Klar and Simon Newstead, two Asia-Pacific-based operators turned impact investors. With a combined 20 years of live plant and industry expertise, including running the Future Food Now newsletter and Vegan Startup podcast, and investment and business building experience in food and technology, the two are eager to help fuel a new wave of alternative APAC protein startups.

This story was provided by NewsSee. ANI shall in no way be responsible for the content of this article. (ANI/NewsSee)

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Gray raises $2 million to facilitate overseas payment processes https://cacaovm.org/gray-raises-2-million-to-facilitate-overseas-payment-processes/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 12:57:45 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/gray-raises-2-million-to-facilitate-overseas-payment-processes/ Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is one of the major advancements seen in recent times. Digital currency almost replaces physical currency due to its advantages. Today, the crypto market is worth over US$1 trillion. The crypto has grown in popularity as its popularity has grown despite its ups and downs. The number one cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has […]]]>

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is one of the major advancements seen in recent times. Digital currency almost replaces physical currency due to its advantages.

Today, the crypto market is worth over US$1 trillion. The crypto has grown in popularity as its popularity has grown despite its ups and downs. The number one cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has become legal tender in El Salvador (2021) and the Central African Republic (2022). The volume of cryptocurrency holders continues to grow because, unlike fiat currency, it is available to everyone. Taking Bitcoin as an example, you can easily buy bitcoins with gift cards.

Although Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies have been hugely successful, many are still unfamiliar with cryptocurrency.

In this article, we will learn about cryptocurrencies and their real use cases. Those who have been in the dark will see the opportunities that abound in cryptocurrency.

What is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is a decentralized digitally encrypted currency that is not tied to or regulated by any government or central bank.

It is based on blockchain technology, which is a distributed ledger framework. Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency created which led to the creation of others known as altcoins. It was created by an individual with the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto as a solution to the global financial crisis of 2008.

Cryptos are classified as virtual or digital currencies. They were originally developed to provide an alternative payment method for online transactions.

Cryptocurrencies are very volatile, which makes investing in them very risky. This is one of the reasons why many nations of the world have not adopted it yet.

5 use cases for cryptocurrency

Here are the top reasons many people own cryptocurrency today. If your question was about what you can do with cryptocurrency, you need to read this.

  1. Low cost money transfers

One of the biggest advantages of bitcoin is that compared to other electronic payment systems, it has a very low transaction cost. Bitcoin transaction fees are not as expensive as fees on money transfers negotiated by banks, credit cards, and trading software.

Bitcoin is used by immigrants to send money to loved ones cheaply. This is one of the main reasons why countries like El Salvador and the Central African Republic have turned to Bitcoin for their citizens. BTC allows immigrants to send cheap and virtually instant remittances.

  1. An alternative store of wealth

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin can be used as a store of wealth just like your physical cash. Cryptocurrencies are stored in wallets that no one else has access to.

While your bank accounts and assets may be frozen, this cannot be said of the crypto in your wallet as only the person with the digital wallet’s private keys can gain access to it.

You can buy crypto assets to hold for the short or long term. If you decide to trade your crypto asset, you will need a place that meets your needs.

Prestmit is one of the best digital exchanges to trade cryptocurrencies

  1. Make private transactions

Many prefer to transact today with cryptocurrency because it cannot be traced by anyone. Cryptocurrency allows users to perform anonymous financial transactions.

This means that individuals can make money transfers without having to explain to a bank why they are sending a large sum of money, what the sources of the funds are and to whom they are sending it, which can delay the transaction and involve unnecessary bureaucratic processes. .

  1. Travel the world and beyond

Cryptocurrency has grown since its official launch in 2009. Digital currencies are accepted as payment for travel. Top travel agents accept Bitcoin as a form of payment to book flights, car rentals, and hotels.

The growth of the Bitcoin ATM market also means that travelers can now convert their cryptocurrency into local currency in most major cities around the world. If you’re not one that doesn’t want to move around with physical cash, this should be a good option for you.

Crypto assets such as BTC, DOGE, ETH, etc. are available all over the world. You can sell bitcoin in nigeria and other major crypto assets during your visit. This is how crypto has really grown.

  1. Payment for goods and services

Bitcoin and other crypto assets like dogecoin are used for payment for goods and services both online and physically. Tesla, the NBA Mavericks and many other companies now accept dogecoins for goods and services.

With bitcoin you can buy luxury cars like Lamborghini while Elon Musk’s Tesla will soon accept BTC for its electric rides. You can also buy a range of other luxury goods such as art, fine wines and real estate with cryptocurrency.

You will need to get the latest bitcoin news in nigeria if you really want to use cryptocurrency. Crypto traders, whether beginners or veterans, need to be updated so as not to miss out on these huge opportunities.

Conclusion

Cryptocurrency has several real-world use cases that make it the property of many people around the world today. Its real-world use cases are also why it’s considered the future of money.

Investing in cryptocurrency is the riskiest form of investment. If you have to invest in it, be sure to put in what you can afford to lose as return on investment is not guaranteed. Also note that this article is not intended for financial advice but for educational purposes.

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6 Things No One Tells You About Raising a Funding Round with Tapestry VC, Cocoa, Frontline Ventures, and Cavalry Ventures (Video) https://cacaovm.org/6-things-no-one-tells-you-about-raising-a-funding-round-with-tapestry-vc-cocoa-frontline-ventures-and-cavalry-ventures-video/ Fri, 26 Aug 2022 18:00:58 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/6-things-no-one-tells-you-about-raising-a-funding-round-with-tapestry-vc-cocoa-frontline-ventures-and-cavalry-ventures-video/ One of the most exciting and terrifying things a SaaS founder can do is raise seed money. But bringing in an investor comes with new responsibilities, and navigating the world of fundraising can seem complex. In this SaaStr Europa 2022 session, David Kelly (General Partner of Tapestry) interviews a group of highly experienced investors, including […]]]>

One of the most exciting and terrifying things a SaaS founder can do is raise seed money. But bringing in an investor comes with new responsibilities, and navigating the world of fundraising can seem complex.

In this SaaStr Europa 2022 session, David Kelly (General Partner of Tapestry) interviews a group of highly experienced investors, including Zoe Chambers (Frontline Ventures), Carmen Alfonso Rico (Cocoa) and Rouven Dresselhaus (Calvary Ventures).

#1: Why seed funding anyway?

Before you start planning your seed round or looking for an angel investor, you need to pause and decide if you really want or need a seed investor. Dresselhaus says, “I think it’s really important to understand that not all founding teams should accept seed funding, because there are different models, there are also different expectations from investors, for example, for founders. He insists, “Really make sure there’s added value for that equity you’re giving away alongside cash.”

Alfonso Rico agrees, saying success can be found with or without an investor. Yet once you’ve chosen to go ahead with funding, you have to accept full commitment: “You have to think of venture capital as a highway…if you’re on it, you can’t go down it.” go out and you have to drive really fast, and there’s a set of expectations that go with that.

Chambers believes founders should also understand that alignment and cohesive vision should be a priority for both investor and founder: “Are you ready for what this journey in my mind is going to look like, which means building something from very high growing at a rate that is actually quite relentless… it’s almost a mindset recording.

#2 When to raise a seed round?

The timing is different for everyone, but you’ll need to take the time to show the metrics and tell the story that VCs want to see. Do you understand the potential of your product? Do you understand the market well and how does your business fit in? Are you sure you need seed funding and do you have a plan for where to spend the money?

To raise funds, you need to hone your de-risking strategy and have a solid plan that influences investors, especially in today’s uncertain market.

#3 Can I increase remotely?

In a post-pandemic world, the rules have completely changed, even when it comes to investing. You no longer have to fly to London or San Francisco or establish your business in a particular location. Remote meetings are completely acceptable.

However, it’s never a bad idea to visit traditional tech hubs to learn a bit and network. But do not forget that it is not necessary to change the place. As Alfonso Rico says, “If the intrinsic value of what you create is exciting, people will go anywhere to fund you.”

#4 How should I structure my cap table?

For a seed round, founders should focus on finding experienced and connected investors, preferably in a relevant space. You want to make sure your business counts for VC, and one way to do that is to look at your ticket size. How much of the fund is dedicated to your business?

Still, it takes a nuanced approach when you think about it. Closed-end funds typically require about four years of investment and then they can deploy reserves. And then there is the stage where investors must also be accountable to their investors. Understanding the VC side more clearly can help you get a fuller picture of where your business stands with them.

#5 How do you build momentum when fundraising?

Founders might think of hacking their fundraising to build momentum for their business, but how can you actually do that?

One tip is to think of your fundraising efforts as a B2B sales funnel. With investors, the movement can be very similar, but with different tools. The best case scenario is to create a strong story to sell your potential, network, meet insiders, and jump into a meeting. When fundraising, you must operate with total and ruthless focus until you achieve the desired results.

#6 What does the seed market really look like right now?

It’s a time of constant flux in the world and in the market, and due to the uncertainty, founders hoping to raise seed must raise the bar. Transactions are still ongoing, but expectations are higher and happening at a slower speed, so founders need to be on top of their game.

The good news is that SaaS isn’t going away anytime soon, as digitalization becomes more entrenched in our society. So if you have the next great product, don’t be afraid to go there!

Key points to remember:

  • Don’t just go through the steps –– do some soul-searching and decide if taking on investors is right for your business.
  • You can meet investors and raise funds remotely, but it never hurts to visit the network in person.
  • Treat your fundraising like a B2B sales funnel.
  • Deals are still in the works, but founders must be prepared to uphold a higher standard to stand out.

Posted on August 26, 2022

]]> Amsterdam-based Kumasi Drinks is raising seed money to develop its sustainable soft drinks https://cacaovm.org/amsterdam-based-kumasi-drinks-is-raising-seed-money-to-develop-its-sustainable-soft-drinks/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 08:47:16 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/amsterdam-based-kumasi-drinks-is-raising-seed-money-to-develop-its-sustainable-soft-drinks/ The founders of Kumasi, Rogier Power, Linda Klunder and Lars Gierveld | Image credit: Kumasi Drinks Based in Amsterdam Kumasi Drinksa soft drink company that prevents food waste and fights poverty, announced Thursday that it has raised an undisclosed amount in a seed funding round. Unknown group founders Edward de Jager and Hendrik Halbe invested […]]]>

Based in Amsterdam Kumasi Drinksa soft drink company that prevents food waste and fights poverty, announced Thursday that it has raised an undisclosed amount in a seed funding round.

Unknown group founders Edward de Jager and Hendrik Halbe invested in the Dutch startup through Impact Tech Ventures, an investment fund that received the seed capital facility from the Dutch Business Agencyof Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RvO). RvO is a government agency that operates under the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

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Kumasi Drinks co-founder Lars Gierveld says, “Unknown Group believes in our ability to change the status quo of the cocoa industry. We are thrilled to have a professional investor with global reach and a focus on impact measurement like Unknown join the Kumasi movement!

How was Kumasi born?

Kumasi Drinks was founded in 2021 by Lars Gierveld, Linda Klunder and Rogier Power, although the idea was born in 2018 when Gierveld, a television host, traveled to the Ashanti region of Ghana to film a report on the cocoa trade.

There, he found himself confronted with the fact that the majority of farmers are totally dependent on the sale of cocoa and live in poverty. A small number of companies control the majority of the market and set the rules for the industry. The multiple levels of intermediaries in the supply chain ensure that farmers only receive a small portion of their income.

Kumasi Drinks was founded with the intention of changing this situation. Together with a group of farmers, they started harvesting cocoa fruit juice near Kumasi (which, by the way, is the capital of the Ashanti region of Ghana).

The company’s drinks went on sale in January 2021. And in less than two years, Kumasi Drinks has expanded to more than 1,000 outlets in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Kumasi has also entered into agreements with the main grocery chain, Albert Heijn, and with the department stores, Hema, in the Netherlands, to offer their selection of drinks on their shelves.

Co-founder Rogier Powers says, “Retailers today are trying to make their catalog more in line with the values ​​and mindset of their customers. Since our launch, we have been regularly contacted by merchants who wish to put on the shelves a drink that is good for you and good for the planet.

Kumasi beverages – less food waste, less revenue waste

The cocoa industry is only interested in the seeds of the cocoa plant (cocoa beans), which are used to make chocolate. It turns out that the juicy fruit pulp surrounding the cocoa bean is healthy and extraordinarily tasty. It does not taste like cocoa or chocolate but rather a kind of mixture of lychee, mango and white peach.

Kumasi says it is developing a variety of 100% natural, nutritious and delicious drinks from the extra cocoa juice. The soft drink that Kumasi makes comes in two variants: the thirst-quenching Sappi and the tantalizing Gassi. Both consist of juice and water only, with no additives. The juice contains magnesium, vitamin B1, potassium and zinc.

The company buys its juice with its technical partner in Ghana directly from the farmers. This way, cocoa farmers receive immediate additional income – up to 30% more per kg – from the sale of pulp and juice by-products from their cocoa production process that they would typically have thrown away. .

Use of capital

Kumasi Drinks says it will use the funds to expand internationally and develop more products that are true to Kumasi’s philosophy. “We’re exploding with ideas on how we can help more farmers and expand our product line,” says co-founder Rogier Power.

Kumasi will also use the funds to set up a specialty drinks bar at Unknown Group’s new innovation hub, Titaan, at Binckhorst in The Hague. Open in early 2023, Titan will be a 13,000 m² innovation hub to host startups and scale-ups creating a better world.

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SEED Replicator program in India https://cacaovm.org/seed-replicator-program-in-india/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cacaovm.org/seed-replicator-program-in-india/ Deadline: 25-Aug-22 Are you a budding entrepreneur or business owner looking for inspiration and partnerships that will help you build an eco-inclusive business model? Attend a Replicator workshop near you! The two-day SEED Replicator workshops support participants in two ways. As an incubation workshop, it helps identify opportunities for business creation, impact generation, personal ideation […]]]>

Deadline: 25-Aug-22

Are you a budding entrepreneur or business owner looking for inspiration and partnerships that will help you build an eco-inclusive business model? Attend a Replicator workshop near you!

The two-day SEED Replicator workshops support participants in two ways. As an incubation workshop, it helps identify opportunities for business creation, impact generation, personal ideation and business model innovation. In addition to this, it specifically targets the integration and replication of existing best practices, as well as the adaptation of proven business models.

The SEED Replicator targets both entrepreneurs without a specific business idea as well as entrepreneurs with a start-up business who are trying to identify partnership opportunities.

To participate in the SEED Replicator, you must demonstrate a high level of motivation and commitment to social and environmental entrepreneurship and the ambition to continue developing your business idea in partnership with others. Participation and workshop materials are free, but you must cover your own travel and accommodation costs.

What does the SEED replicator offer?

As a participant in Replicator, you will receive business planning information and tools to design or refine a business idea to prepare it for the next stage of business development. They apply their fifteen-plus years of experience building capacity and celebrating successes in eco-inclusive businesses to deliver a hands-on 2-day program that allows you to learn, imagine, network and connect with people. other motivated business innovation leaders.

  • Industry Insights: Get industry insights and learn more about climate-smart entrepreneurship.
  • Step-by-Step Guidance: Get step-by-step advice on starting a business.
  • Case Studies: Get inspired by case studies of successful eco-inclusive business models.
  • Partnership Building: Connect with like-minded peers and experienced businesses to create mutually beneficial partnerships.
Date and place of the workshop
  • This workshop will take place in Jaipur, India.
  • The date of the workshop is September 21, 2022.

For more information, visit https://seed.uno/meet-us#ecosystem-building

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