• Kost Capital, a new Danish venture capital fund, aims to improve access to better food.
  • Kost Capital focuses on actively assisting companies in growth, particularly those without a clear path to commercialization.
  • Food tech in Europe sees increased popularity with larger investments and rising funds, supported by government initiatives.

A new Danish venture capital fund called Kost Capital aims to improve access to better food for more people. The firm was founded by general partner Bodil Sidén and LPs Kasper Hulthin, Christian Tang-Jespersen, Mark Emil Hermansen, and Jacob Lee Ørnstrand

The fund has already made investments in three startups: Äio, a palm oil replacement company from Estonia, Numi, a French infant formula company, and Nutrumami, a Danish ingredient company. 

Motivated by her background and knowledge, Sidén collaborated with two colleagues from Uber to establish a venture capital fund in Stockholm. Their focus was on actively assisting companies in their growth and development, particularly those lacking a clear path to commercialization.

Sidén also hopes that generalist venture capitalists will show interest in food tech again, as they initially faced challenges in assessing different business models. 

In Europe, food tech is experiencing a surge in popularity. Not only are there larger investments being made, such as in Infinite Roots, a company that produces proteins from mycelium but there is also an increase in funds being raised. 

Furthermore, there is growing government support for the sector. The United Kingdom, for instance, is investing £2 billion in biotechnology, particularly concerning food.

The European Union has allocated €50 million to scale precision fermentation, and Aleph Farms has received regulatory approval in Israel for its cultivated meat.

Edited by Shruti Thapa