Atlantic Food Labs is a launchpad for startups that shape the future of nutrition and health. We invest at a (pre-)seed stage and build companies within the food industry from scratch. Established in 2016 in Berlin, Germany, our portfolio founders have created one of the most innovative portfolios of food innovation. Run by founders, we are part of the Atlantic Labs family, which has been shaping the Berlin startup ecosystem since 2011.
Areas of exploration:
We actively explore investment opportunities in the following areas:
By 2050, more than 66% of the global population is expected to live in cities. We probe solutions to urban food production, such as vertical farms, insect production, cellular agriculture. Water quality and supply is another pillar of a self-sustaining city that we explore.
Our planet will host more than 9.8 billion people by 2050. This requires additional sources of protein for the masses. We explore plants, mushrooms, insects, algae, as an alternative to meat and dairy products.
Obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and many others, are a result of an unhealthy diet. We seek for ventures that reduce the intake of sugar, salt and trans-fats (“free-from” products).
Our bodies are biological organisms. We believe that we can biohack the functionality of our bodies through solutions for e.g. improved brain functionality, anti-stress, better sleep.
The amount of data on us increases and research provides an ever better understanding of the biological machine of our body. We seek opportunities that leverage knowledge on the human microbiome, body measurement, making use of a large amount of available data to identify the optimum personal nutrition.
Large corporations lack consumers’ trust and credibility, while many categories in the retail shelves have remained unchanged for decades. We believe in transparent and sustainable brands that connect with their customers through unconventional channels.
We need 56% more food to feed nearly 10 billion people in 2050. Synthetic biology can be leveraged to produce food without increasing the pressure on resources. We seek ventures that produce sustainable, traceable and nutritious food and other bio-products affecting health and sustainability by applying synthetic biology.
Areas of support:
No matter whether we found companies ourselves or invest in them, the clear focus on food helps us focus on the most critical pieces of success for food ventures:
We have a network of dedicated experts and consultants with previous experience as C-level in successful food ventures that provide a much faster than average access to retail at defendable margins.
Having launched over ten new innovative products within less than two years, we closely work with R&D specialists and corporate partners to leverage their research. We strongly encourage the knowledge exchange within the portfolio through the network of food founders.
Especially for our B2C companies, branding is key. Atlantic Food Labs has established pre-negotiated frame agreements with some of the most experienced agencies in the industry.
Team wins over idea. We therefore actively assist in the placement from experienced C-level positions to hungry interns into our portfolio companies.
Part of the family of Atlantic Labs, we look back on the experience of raising capital for over 100 companies from some of the most prominent venture capital investors around the world. In addition to that, we have successfully positioned Atlantic Food Labs as one of the go-to stations when it comes to food innovation for large corporations and family offices.
Atlantic Food Labs is delighted to share exciting developments about
our product portfolio ventures, the world of food, and ourselves with you.
Proud to share our latest investment into SanityGroup – helping people living a healthier life with medical cannabis. The company founded by Finn Age Hänsel and Fabian Friede will develop new cannabis-based pharmaceuticals & wellbeing products, and further build the infrastructure to make them readily accessible.
Great news for heycater! With the beginning of the year, HeyCater raised a seven-digit amount to promote further growth and expand into new regions. Investors are the IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH, Hevella Capital and the Trivago founders Malte Siewert and Rolf Schrömgens amongst others. We can look back on a highly successful HeyCater year with tripled revenue and predominant profitability for most of the months in 2018.
As the first investor, Atlantic Food Labs is part of Keatz already since 2016. We are more than happy to see the company growing! Next to AFL, backing this round are existing investors Project A Ventures, UStart, K Fund and JME Ventures, which are joined by RTP Global. It adds to €7 million raised last May and will be used by the Keatz to further expand its roll-out of cloud kitchens across Europe.