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Investments

56

Portfolio Exits

4

Funds

1

Partners & Customers

2

About Blue Horizon

Blue Horizon was founded in 2015 with the vision that profit-oriented strategies and the common good can be united. Blue Horizon is a global, mission-driven private sector investment firm focused on scalable ventures that accelerates the global transition towards sustainable food and agriculture. In 2016, the Blue Horizon Foundation was started to support the transformation of farms from animal factories to sustainable plant production facilities.

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Rosengasse 7

Zurich, 8001,

Switzerland

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Investing in plant-based proteins is the most cost-effective way to cut emissions, report says

Aug 1, 2022

Published Aug. 1, 2022 Dive Brief: Investing in plant-based food can prevent more than three times the carbon dioxide emissions than putting the same amount of money into other industrial climate mitigations, including decarbonization at power plants and carbon capture at facilities that make cement, iron and steel or chemicals, according to a study from Blue Horizon and Boston Consulting Group . Animal-derived food is responsible for about 15% of global emissions, the study found. If plant-based products were to make up 8% of the global market share for meat by 2030, it could eliminate 1.5% of the global emissions expected for that year. Advocates for the plant-based segment, as well as those promoting greater sustainability, have long pushed to quantify the impact their products could have on the environment. Most other reports present only levels of emissions, land and water saved, but do not make comparisons to other industrial environmental mitigation efforts. Dive Insight: Plant-based food isn’t often compared to environmentally friendly shipping, but both are ways to mitigate climate change — and both take large investments from companies, shareholders, venture firms and individuals. Blue Horizon is a venture firm that funds companies in the food industry with the potential of making an impact on sustainability, animal welfare and human health standards. For the study, the firm and Boston Consulting Group looked how many gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions would be prevented with investment in an array of industrial technologies, as well as the realistic economic viability of making the changes. Plant-based proteins was the clear leader in both aspects. If more plant-based food replaces existing animal-derived items, it immediately cuts back on emissions from livestock and open land dedicated to raising and slaughtering animals. The financial impact from the reduction of these emissions could be up to $354 billion per trillion dollars invested in this technology, the report found. The investment with the second-largest financial impact would be carbon capture at cement plants, which could be up to $123 billion per trillion dollars invested in the technology, the study found. But more importantly, producing plant-based proteins is a relatively easy lift, as the technology already exists and there is a fairly direct route to a return on investment. But some other sustainability projects — like carbon capture measures at cement plants or converting older buildings on traditional HVAC systems to heat pumps — are expensive and don’t have the same payoff, according to the study. Blue Horizon and Boston Consulting’s report aims to make the case to investors and policymakers that funding the plant-based sector will pay off. While sales of plant-based products appear to be growing at a slower pace than in previous years , there is still growth  and, analysts say, potential for more. Last year was record-breaking in terms of investments in alternative proteins. According to the Good Food Institute,  about $5 billion was invested  into companies creating alternatives from plants, cells and through fermentation in 2021. But this is just a drop in the bucket of what’s needed to meet future demand. A GFI analysis earlier this year estimated that about $27 billion worth of infrastructure has to be built by 2030. But there’s one other group that needs to be convinced: consumers. Blue Horizon’s report found that six in 10 consumers have tried alternative proteins, with 35% saying they eat them frequently. More than half of all consumers said environmental impact is one of their top three reasons to eat alternative proteins. As products are on their way to reaching price parity with traditional animal-based forms of eating, lower costs coupled with a message of sustainability could help more consumers choose alternatives. Recommended Reading

Blue Horizon Investments

56 Investments

Blue Horizon has made 56 investments. Their latest investment was in Shaka Harry as part of their Seed VC on July 7, 2022.

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Blue Horizon Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

7/19/2022

Seed VC

Shaka Harry

$2M

Yes

3

7/6/2022

Series C

Tropic Biosciences

$35M

Yes

3

5/24/2022

Pre-Seed

Hyfe Foods

$2M

Yes

2

5/17/2022

Seed VC - II

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$99M

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10

4/20/2022

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

7/19/2022

7/6/2022

5/24/2022

5/17/2022

4/20/2022

Round

Seed VC

Series C

Pre-Seed

Seed VC - II

Seed VC

Company

Shaka Harry

Tropic Biosciences

Hyfe Foods

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Amount

$2M

$35M

$2M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

3

3

2

10

10

Blue Horizon Portfolio Exits

4 Portfolio Exits

Blue Horizon has 4 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Fora Foods on June 14, 2022.

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Exit

Companies

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Acquirer

Sources

6/14/2022

Acquired

$99M

1

5/2/2019

IPO

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$99M

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10

10/29/2018

Merger

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$99M

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10

6/20/2018

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

6/14/2022

5/2/2019

10/29/2018

6/20/2018

Exit

Acquired

IPO

Merger

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

1

10

10

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Blue Horizon Fund History

1 Fund History

Blue Horizon has 1 fund, including Blue Horizon Ventures I.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

9/19/2019

Blue Horizon Ventures I

1

Closing Date

9/19/2019

Fund

Blue Horizon Ventures I

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

1

Blue Horizon Partners & Customers

2 Partners and customers

Blue Horizon has 2 strategic partners and customers. Blue Horizon recently partnered with Swiss Education Group on July 7, 2021.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

7/13/2021

Client

Switzerland

Blue Horizon and Swiss Education Group partner to inject latest food technology trends into programs at Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland

This partnership aims to integrate Blue Horizon 's expertise into food trends , entrepreneurship , and alternative protein components offered within CAAS programs , including the Master of Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurship , Bachelor of Arts in Vegetarian Culinary Arts , Master of Arts in Culinary Business Management .

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6/30/2017

Partner

United States

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Date

7/13/2021

6/30/2017

Type

Client

Partner

Business Partner

Country

Switzerland

United States

News Snippet

Blue Horizon and Swiss Education Group partner to inject latest food technology trends into programs at Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland

This partnership aims to integrate Blue Horizon 's expertise into food trends , entrepreneurship , and alternative protein components offered within CAAS programs , including the Master of Arts in Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurship , Bachelor of Arts in Vegetarian Culinary Arts , Master of Arts in Culinary Business Management .

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2

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Blue Horizon Team

8 Team Members

Blue Horizon has 8 team members, including current Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner, Bjoern Witte.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Roger Lienhard

Founder

Current

Bjoern Witte

Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner

Current

Sedef Koktenturk

Genesis Investment Management, Goldman Sachs, and PwC

Chief Operating Officer

Current

Przemek Obloj

Public Sector Pension Investment Board, and McKinsey & Company

Chief Information Officer, Managing Partner

Current

Chris Peter

MCH Group, Funbox, and Swisscom

Chief Information Officer

Current

Name

Roger Lienhard

Bjoern Witte

Sedef Koktenturk

Przemek Obloj

Chris Peter

Work History

Genesis Investment Management, Goldman Sachs, and PwC

Public Sector Pension Investment Board, and McKinsey & Company

MCH Group, Funbox, and Swisscom

Title

Founder

Chief Executive Officer, Managing Partner

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Information Officer, Managing Partner

Chief Information Officer

Status

Current

Current

Current

Current

Current

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