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Investments

25

Portfolio Exits

2

Funds

1

Partners & Customers

9

About Tyson Ventures

Tyson Ventures, the corporate venture of Tyson Foods, will invest in companies developing breakthrough technologies, business models and products to sustainably feed a growing world population. The fund will concentrate on three areas in the foods space: commercializing delicious, safe and affordable alternative proteins; tackling food insecurity and food loss through market making and other commercial models; and tapping the internet of food to promote more precise and productive resource application, safety, and consumer empowerment in the food chain. Tyson Ventures will invest in these entrepreneurial food businesses and leverage Tyson Foods' expertise to boost their development.

Tyson Ventures Headquarters Location

2200 Don Tyson Parkway

Springdale, Arkansas, 72762,

United States

479-290-4000

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Latest Tyson Ventures News

Tyson Ventures picks 6 startups at inaugural Demo Day

Aug 3, 2022

Tyson Ventures picks 6 startups at inaugural Demo Day The Tyson Ventures executive panel evaluated participants in its first Demo Day event for sustainability entrepreneurs and startups. Bentonville-based logistics startup FR8relay was selected as one of the six companies to receive mentorship and other partnership opportunities with Springdale-based meat giant Tyson Foods Inc. According to a recent news release, Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods, recently hosted its first Demo Day event for sustainability entrepreneurs and startups to pitch innovative solutions for a more sustainable food system. “This effort is surfacing the best and brightest innovations to tackle complex industry challenges,” said John Tyson, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer of Tyson Foods. “We’re excited about the promise each startup brings to create a comprehensive approach to sustainable food production.” The event included 20 startups showcasing solutions, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing food waste, animal welfare, regenerative agriculture, packaging, soil health and water management. FR8relay looks to change long-haul trucking from a point-to-point model to a relay model. That is expected to improve the driver’s lifestyle, increase efficiency, and reduce emissions. Deme Yuan, chief operating officer, and CEO Aayush Thakur are the co-founders of FR8relay and married. They established the company in May 2018 in Memphis, Tenn., and relocated to Bentonville in early 2020. Following are the other selected startups: AgThera of St. Paul, Minn. Bioionix Inc. of McFarland, Wis. Grain4Grain of San Antonio, Texas Tangible Robotics Inc. of New York Vanguard Renewables of Wellesley, Mass. According to the release, Demo Day was created to identify and ultimately invest in breakthrough, sustainable technologies to help Tyson Foods reach its sustainability goals. A team of Tyson Foods’ senior leadership and Ventures Innovation Partners narrowed more than 120 applicants from 23 countries to 20 participants for the event. Whether another Demo Day will take place has yet to be determined, as the team is evaluating opportunities for year two. Previous post

Tyson Ventures Investments

25 Investments

Tyson Ventures has made 25 investments. Their latest investment was in Vanguard Renewables as part of their Incubator/Accelerator on August 8, 2022.

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Tyson Ventures Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

8/2/2022

Incubator/Accelerator

Vanguard Renewables

Yes

1

8/2/2022

Incubator/Accelerator - II

Grain4Grain

Yes

1

8/2/2022

Incubator/Accelerator

FR8relay

Yes

1

8/2/2022

Incubator/Accelerator - II

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10

8/2/2022

Incubator/Accelerator

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10

Date

8/2/2022

8/2/2022

8/2/2022

8/2/2022

8/2/2022

Round

Incubator/Accelerator

Incubator/Accelerator - II

Incubator/Accelerator

Incubator/Accelerator - II

Incubator/Accelerator

Company

Vanguard Renewables

Grain4Grain

FR8relay

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New?

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

1

1

10

10

Tyson Ventures Portfolio Exits

2 Portfolio Exits

Tyson Ventures has 2 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Beyond Meat on May 02, 2019.

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Exit

Companies

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Acquirer

Sources

5/2/2019

IPO

$99M

Public

7

4/24/2019

Shareholder Liquidity

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$99M

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10

Date

5/2/2019

4/24/2019

Exit

IPO

Shareholder Liquidity

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

Public

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Sources

7

10

Tyson Ventures Fund History

1 Fund History

Tyson Ventures has 1 fund, including Tyson New Ventures.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

12/5/2016

Tyson New Ventures

$150M

1

Closing Date

12/5/2016

Fund

Tyson New Ventures

Fund Type

Status

Amount

$150M

Sources

1

Tyson Ventures Partners & Customers

9 Partners and customers

Tyson Ventures has 9 strategic partners and customers. Tyson Ventures recently partnered with Beyond Meat on December 12, 2021.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

12/8/2021

Client

United States

Beyond Meat taps Tyson Foods veterans as it prepares for fast-food growth next year

`` Everything we 're doing , whether it 's partnerships with McDonald 's , with Yum , with PepsiCo , there 's a lot of growth up the table , and we need to make sure we have both operational and supply chain capabilities . ''

1

10/27/2020

Vendor

United States

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10

7/27/2020

Partner

United States

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10

4/30/2020

Vendor

United States

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10

2/10/2020

Partner

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Date

12/8/2021

10/27/2020

7/27/2020

4/30/2020

2/10/2020

Type

Client

Vendor

Partner

Vendor

Partner

Business Partner

Country

United States

United States

United States

United States

News Snippet

Beyond Meat taps Tyson Foods veterans as it prepares for fast-food growth next year

`` Everything we 're doing , whether it 's partnerships with McDonald 's , with Yum , with PepsiCo , there 's a lot of growth up the table , and we need to make sure we have both operational and supply chain capabilities . ''

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Tyson Ventures Team

9 Team Members

Tyson Ventures has 9 team members, including current Senior Vice President, Russ Stewart.

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Work History

Title

Status

Russ Stewart

Senior Vice President

Current

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Russ Stewart

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Senior Vice President

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