FTW Ventures is a leading, early-stage venture fund investing in the breakthrough science & technology for a more Sustainable Food System.
FTW works with a broad startup, corporate and investor community to reverse climate change, improve productivity, reduce waste, and stave off diet-related illnesses in both the developed and developing world. The team looks for companies in biotechnology, hardware/automation, software/SaaS, AI/ML, novel ingredients, sustainable packaging and climate tech to nurture not only with capital, but their expertise and their network of customers, partners and advisors.
They advise founders along their entire startup journey – through fundraising, developing the initial product strategy, building their go-to-market plan, business development connections and providing guidance on effective marketing.
FTW Ventures was founded by Brian Frank, a serial entrepreneur turned venture investor with prior operating and investing experience in the technology and food tech sectors. He’s raised capital from some of the most notable founders and innovators in Food and Technology sectors, as well as leading corporates that are defining the future of food. And the team leverages his vast network of ‘experts’, many of whom are UC Davis Professors, to support the audacious missions to radically transform our worldwide Food Systems. Brian is also already supported by one of our very own IIFH Fellow alumni, who joined the firm full time after completed her PhD in the UC Davis Veterinary School.
To date, their startups have raised $100s of millions of dollars in additional capital, have launched industry changing products in cosmetics, nutrition, agriculture and food service industries AND do so while creating immense uplift for people, the planet and profits for the network FTW has developed worldwide.