Watch sustainability investors speak on the promise of alt proteins

(Clockwise from top left) Co-founder of China-focused alt protein incubator and fund Dao Foods Albert Tseng; Managing Director at Temasek Life Sciences Accelerator William Koo; Proterra Asia Managing Director Tai Lin.

Alternative protein startups, a nascent category touted as the future of food, have been fast garnering investor interest with deal value in Southeast Asia growing to $155 million in 2020 compared to just $5.3 million in 2019.

“Now it’s time for food,” said Tai Lin, managing partner, Proterra Investment Partners, a food-focused private equity firm that manages $4 billion worth of investments globally, and $1.6 billion in Asia.

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