Berlin biotech startup Cultimate Foods raises € 2.3M seed

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Seed funding from leading Biotech and Foodtech investors to revolutionize the alternative meat industry. 

Cultimate Foods, a biotech startup based in Berlin’s Biocube and Hannover (Institut für Technische Chemie, Leibniz Universität Hannover), successfully closed its seed round to scale up production processes, expand commercial collaborations and operations. 

Cultimate Foods is a cellular agriculture company that creates alternative fat ingredients for plant-based meat products. Unlike other fat alternatives, this company produces a unique lipid composition of the fat, delivering authentic pork and beef flavour.

The €2.3M round was led by High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), one of Europe’s leading seed investors. HTGF was joined by the Life Science Valley Wachstumsfonds, b.value AG and Kale United. Leading global Foodtech investor Big Idea Ventures also participated in this round. 

Cultimate Foods creates a game-changing alternative fat ingredient to bring the authentic meaty experience to plant-based products. While many plant-based meat products are available on supermarket shelves, taste remains the top consumer barrier to adopting these sustainable alternatives. Cultimate Foods is a B2B partner that supplies cell-cultivated premium fat ingredients to the alternative meat industry to tackle this problem. The company has already run several commercial pilots with the food industry leaders.

Cultimate Foods began its first steps in Göttingen at the Life Science Factory, where it could start its research directly in the well-equipped laboratories right after the pre-seed round.

Science is the key to addressing many of the problems caused by the food industry.

Through innovative technology, we can deliver the meaty flavours consumers crave while simultaneously cutting down on unethical intensive animal farming and tackling climate change by reducing CO2 emissions.

Follow your passion and make the world a better place!

says Eugenia Sagué, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Cultimate Foods.
Team of Cultimate Foods
Team of Cultimate Foods

In a short time, Cultimate Foods was able to achieve significant milestones, establish strong ties with the foodtech industry and cooperations with universities.

HTGF is excited to tap into a new investment vertical and support Cultimate Foods in revolutionizing the alternative meat industry with its cell-cultivated fat ingredient. In the food industry we have the chance to create a real impact.

says Tilmann Petersen, Investment Manager at HTGF

As one of the most active investors in the agrifood-tech space, we view fat innovation as essential for enhancing the taste, health profile, sustainability, and scalability of sustainable foods.

And as early pre-seed investors in Cultimate who have seen the team grow from strength to strength, we are excited to continue to support Cultimate in this successful seed round for the launch of their innovative fat ingredient.

comments Caroline Mak, Senior Director at Big Idea Ventures

Closing the seed round in today’s fundraising environment validates the achievements of our technological approach and the efforts of our team.

With a consortium of experienced Biotech and Foodtech funds on board, we look forward to benefit from both areas of expertise when scaling up to the next TRL and entering our first markets.

says George Zheleznyi, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Cultimate Foods.