Global experts in alternative protein


Lever VC’s team has over fifteen years combined experience making early stage investments in the alternative protein space, across over thirty deals worldwide. These include early investments into some of the world’s leading plant-based and cultivated meat and dairy companies, including Beyond Meat, Memphis Meats and Impossible Foods. Our team’s experience, reputation and network provides Lever VC with incredible early stage deal flow.

Partners and Investment Team

Managing Partner Nick Cooney has been investing in the alternative protein space for five years and working in it for over 15. He is co-founder of New Crop Capital and the Good Food Institute, and was an early investor in companies including Beyond Meat, Memphis Meats, Kite Hill and Aleph Farms.

Partner Lawrence Chu is Founder and Chairman of BlackPine Private Equity, and has deployed over $1.5 billion USD in the VC and PE sectors. He has been investing in the alternative protein sector for six years, including early investments in Impossible Foods, JUST and Beyond Meat.

Vice President Julian Ting previously worked at HSBC, Baring Private Equity Asia and Grange Partners. He holds an MBA from Columbia University and an LLB from London School of Economics.

Partner Ulric Leung is Vice Chair of Venture Smart Asia. He is a former Director at Deutsche Bank (Hong Kong) and a former Managing Director at Crosby Securities.

Partner Benny Pei is Chief Investment Officer at Hong Kong Tung Fung Investment Group and serves as director of a publicly-listed China company with food industry holdings.

Associate Abhi Kumar is an alternative protein entrepreneur with previous experience at the Good Food Institute. He holds a Masters of Management Studies from HEC Paris (Grand Ecole) and the Yale School of Management.

Venture Partner for Europe Clémence Landeau is a previous manager with V-Label, which oversees alternative protein product labelling across Europe, and is an expert on the European alternative protein market.

Venture Partner for Israel Ronen Bar is Chairman of the Modern Agriculture Foundation and a former Vice President at pioneering cultivated meat company SuperMeat.


Advisor Biren Doshi is Co-Founder and Director of EuroBev/NextFoods, a leading global distributor of alternative protein products.

Scientific Advisor Jonathan Avesar is a Biomedical Engineering PhD from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), and an expert in alternative protein technology.

Advisor David VanHimbergen is former head of brand-building for KraftHeinz, one of the world’s largest packaged foods companies, and spent 18 years as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble.

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