Kaisa Orgusaar, Founder and CEO of ProProtein
ProProtein is the second company on our list that is leveraging the power of precision fermentation to develop alt-dairy products. Kaisa Orgusaar founded the food-tech company in Estonia and she is backed by a female-led team.
ProProtein, a further alumnus of the ProVeg Incubator, produces cow casein (the principle milk protein) from yeast. During March and April this year (2022), ProProtein will be raising a seed funding round of €700,000. The company previously raised €90,000 from food-tech angels, competitions, and the leading food awareness organisation ProVeg International.
“Our long term goal is ultimately related to impact,” said Kaisa. “Climate solutions that create impact need to be highly scalable and that’s where we are headed.”
Dr. Sandhya Sriram and Ka Yi Ling, Co-founders of Shiok Meats
OK, I know that by having two names on this last entry, our list technically has six founders, but we couldn’t leave this duo out. They are, after all, at the very forefront of cultivated seafood.
Dr. Sandhya Sriram and Ka Yi Ling co-founded Shiok Meats in 2018 in Singapore — where “Shiok” means fantastic. This company is considered to be one of the industry’s biggest players and has already debuted its cultured crab, lobster, and shrimp products. To date, Shiok Meats has raised over $30 million and is targeting its market release for 2023.
Dr. Sandhya Sriram is a stem cell biologist with over ten years of experience working with muscle, adipose, cells, and stem cells. In addition to her scientific work, which earned her a PhD, Sandhya is also a business development professional and a serial entrepreneur. Prior to Shiok Meats, Sandhya co-founded Biotech in Asia and SciGlo. Forbes Women in Tech also featured Sandhya for building ventures rooted in purpose, impact, and innovation.
Dr. Ka Yi Ling is a developmental and stem cell biologist who was named as one of EmTech Asia’s Innovators Under 35 for her contribution to creating cell-based shrimp. Ka Yi received the prestigious A*STAR’s National Science Scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
For more female-led content in honour of International Women’s Day, check out our post sharing the inspiring stories of female entrepreneurs. In addition, we’ve also written about Founder and CEO of Bosque Foods, Isabella Iglesias-Musachio, who just unveiled her mycelium-based alt-meat products for the first time in Europe.