The ProVeg Incubator Programme

Our 12-week accelerator programme offers an intensive, tailor-made curriculum, expert mentoring, and exclusive networking opportunities. Each cohort culminates in an investment-focused Startup Demo Day.

About us

ProVeg Incubator is the world’s leading Incubator of plant-based and cultured food startups. We are shaping the future of food by supporting the companies at the forefront of innovation.


Your Benefits of working with the ProVeg Incubator:

Accelerator programme:

Equip yourself with the skills, knowledge, and contacts you need to succeed.

Expert mentoring:

Learn from the pros. We’ll match you with a personal business advisor.


Get up to €250,000 in funding to build the company you want.

Industry networks:

Connect with investors, retailers, scientists, journalists, and other experts from our global networks.

Alumni community:

Join a lifelong, collaborative community of like-minded startup founders.


Use our co-working space, test kitchen, and event space in the heart of Berlin.


We’ll support your company with marketing and media work to get your name out there.


Access exclusive events, fairs, and webinars as a member of our startup alumni.

As part of the food awareness organisation, ProVeg International, we are committed to the mission of reducing the consumption of animals by 50% by the year 2040.

Our Team

When you join the ProVeg Incubator, our team will become your team. We are experts in our respective fields and are dedicated to using our skills and knowledge to support you in achieving your goals.

Hédi Farhat

Investment Associate

Hédi evaluates promising startups and coaches them throughout the period they participate at the Incubator. Hédi has an extensive background in investment and finance, he has worked for consulting companies, VC funds, and infrastructure companies. Before joining the team, he also founded a company that specialises in building startup investment theses. Hédi has an MSc. in Corporate Finance, is a Financial Modelling & Valuation Analyst® and is an all-around investment specialist.

Albrecht Wolfmeyer

Head of ProVeg Incubator

Albrecht leads the ProVeg Incubator and is responsible for building and managing the team, and developing the Incubator’s long-term strategy – including startup investment and internationalisation. He has extensive professional experience in international profit and non-profit organisations and is an expert in marketing, strategy, and project management.

Antje Räuscher

Senior Innovation and Partnerships Manager / Co-Head

Antje is in charge of running the accelerator programme and selecting and coaching the startups that the Incubator works with. She is a trained agricultural economist, with a focus on food security and has a Bachelor’s in International Business Management. Antje worked in business development for consulting companies, as well as startups, and in the international cooperation field before joining the Incubator.

Divya Murthy

Senior Investment Manager

Divya is in charge of evaluating companies to facilitate ProVeg’s startup investments. She also assesses and coaches startups during the accelerator programme. Divya is an MBA with a major in finance and has over six years of experience working with companies in strategy evaluation, due diligence, and financial modelling. Before joining the Incubator, Divya worked across roles in mergers and acquisitions consulting, corporate credit rating, and risk advisory.

Luisa Pereira Goss

Marketing and Communications Officer

Luisa started as a marketing intern at the ProVeg Incubator in February 2021. Her role involves content creation, social media support, event promotion, and working with startups. Luisa is Brazilian, with a background in Business Administration. She currently lives in Stuttgart and just completed a Master’s Degree in Organic Agriculture and Food Systems

Daniel Uwira

Investment Analyst

Daniel assists in the analysis and evaluation of startups, as well as manages the portfolio of ProVeg Incubator’s successful ventures. He started at the Incubator’s team in September 2022 as a working student, Daniel is currently completing his Master’s degree in Business & Economics and he has been a passionate vegan and animal lover for over 7 years.

Julia Martin

Programme Manager

Julia is a Biotechnologist/Food Chemist with a focus on alternative protein. Her expertise is on fats, sensomics, cellular agriculture and animal-free product development. Julia is the Programme Manager at the ProVeg Incubator and also coaches the startups on technical areas.

Our Mentors

Our extensive network of renowned mentors is committed to supporting you in growing an impactful and successful company.

Ryan Bethencourt

Wild Earth

Ryan specialises in business development. A biotech entrepreneur, investor, and one of the first leaders of the biohacker movement, Ryan is the Co-founder and CEO of Wild Earth (a biotech pet food startup), a Managing Partner at Sustainable Food Ventures, and a Co-Founder of IndieBio. As well as running his own companies, Ryan has invested in over 120 early-stage food and biotech startups, and was the first investor in Memphis Meats, Geltor, the Not Company, and Shiok Meats.

Stephanie Downs

Uncaged Innovations

Stephanie specialises in marketing and business development. Stephanie is a serial entrepreneur, having founded GoodDot, a food tech startup bringing plant-based proteins to India, and Hungry Planet, which developed a full range of premium plant-based meats for the food-service sector. Most recently, Stephanie founded Uncaged Innovations, thus moving into the alternative-materials space. As well as offering a broad range of strategic and tactical experience, Stephanie is also an expert in business development and product marketing.

David Benzaquen

Mission: Plant LLC

David specialises in marketing, branding, sales and distribution strategies, and business development, with a particular focus on entering the US market. David is the Founder and CEO of PlantBased Solutions, an award-winning strategic brand-management, marketing, and operations consultancy for plant-based consumer products. PlantBased Solutions has advised some of the world’s most successful alternative meat and dairy brands, including Gardein, Daiya, and Miyoko’s Kitchen. Benzaquen is also the CEO of Ocean Hugger Foods and serves as an adviser to multiple food accelerators, venture-capital funds, and startups.

Matt Tom

Matthew Tom Consulting Company LLC

Matt Tom specialises in operations, R&D, product testing, and business development. Matt has over 15 years’ experience in the food-technology space, with a particular focus on new product development and commercialisation. He has been involved in taking innovative plant-based foods to market, collaborating with companies such as PepsiCo, General Mills, Clorox, and P&G, and, more recently, with food tech startups, including Impossible Foods, Kite Hill, Hampton Creek, and Ripple Foods.

Lisa Feria

Stray Dog Capital

Lisa specialises in finance, product testing, marketing, recruiting, and business development. Lisa is the CEO of Stray Dog Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage, mission-driven alternative food companies. In her earlier career, Lisa spent over 15 years in general management, operations, and engineering at Blue Chip companies like General Mills and Procter & Gamble. Lisa has over 14 years of experience focused on food operation and consumer packaged goods and led the marketing, P&L management, and strategy for billion-dollar brands. She is also on the board of multiple portfolio companies and is a Kauffman Fellow.

David Brandes

Peace of Meat

David specialises in finance, fundraising, R&D, scaling, cellular agriculture, and business development.
David is the Co-founder of Peace of Meat, which was acquired in 2020 for €15 million EUR by the Israeli company Meat-Tech 3D. Before founding this company, David gained over a decade of experience in consumer and food systems with Procter & Gamble, McKinsey & Company, and Migros. David focuses on generating business opportunities whilst reducing human destruction of our planet, starting with the highest impact opportunity – our food system.

Gary Brenner

Brenner Pharma/Food, Aleph Farms

Gary specialises in business development. As the Founder of Brenner pharma/food Business Development Ltd, Gary is highly experienced in business strategy and development. His company is an ‎Israeli-based group that works with mature companies and startups, research ‎institutes, and multinational corporations, in all segments of health and wellness including the food and beverage industries. Gary works together with other experts to ensure that clinical protocols, regulatory pathways, ‎and intellectual property are all designed for a winning go-to-market strategy. ‎

Frank Cordesmeyer

Good Seed Ventures

Frank specialises in R&D and business development. As well as being a food scientist focusing on the development of alternative protein sources, Frank is also the Co-founder and CEO of Good Seed Ventures – a venture capital fund dedicated to supporting innovative food projects. In addition, Frank holds the position of Director of Communications Europe at the Cellular Agriculture Society – a non-profit organisation focusing on advancing the field of cellular agriculture.

Want to be a mentor?

ProVeg Incubator is always looking for like-minded, mission-aligned mentors who are knowledgeable about the food space. Maybe you’re an entrepreneur who built your own company from scratch or you’re an expert in nutrition or food science? You can share your expertise with our startups via workshops, talks, or Q&As!

Want to get involved? Just write to [email protected] and tell us how you can contribute.

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