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 65 deals worldwide. These include early investments into some of the world’s leading plant-based and cultivated meat and dairy companies, including Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, Upside Foods, and JUST. Our team’s experience, reputation and network provides Lever VC with incredible early stage deal flow.


Founder and Managing Partner Nick Cooney has been investing in the alternative protein space for six years and working in it for over 15; he is co-founder and former Board Chair of the Good Food Institute

Associate Thomas Chen is a former investment analyst at Fosun, where he focused on direct investment opportunities in high-technology sectors, and holds an M.Sc. in Finance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong

James Caffyn has spent the last decade working with leading global food and beverage companies on growth, market entry and investment strategy in his role as Director of Strategy and Due Diligence at top food industry consultancy Gira

Brian Chan has 11 years of experience at Goldman Sachs and in VP roles at VC and PE investment funds, focusing on the technology and consumer sectors

Scientific Lead Dr. Jonathan Avesar is an expert in alternative protein technology, and holds a biomedical engineering PhD from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology)

Fund Administrator Sze Sze Hsu is a previous fund administrator at DBS Bank Limited and a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Partner Lawrence Chu has been investing in the alternative protein sector for six years; he is the founder of BlackPine Private Equity and has deployed over $1.5 billion USD in the VC and PE sectors

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 DFP Capital Management Limited and serves as director of a publicly-listed China company with food industry holdings

Venture Partner for Israel Ronen Bar previously served as Chairman of the Modern Agriculture Foundation and VP at pioneering cultivated meat company SuperMeat

Venture Partner for Europe Clémence Landeau is a previous manager with V-Label, which oversees alternative protein product labelling across Europe

Venture Partner for Brazil Felipe Krelling has worked in the alternative protein sector for four years, including as Corporate Engagement Coordinator at The Good Food Institute – Brazil

Advisor David VanHimbergen is former head of brand-building for KraftHeinz and spent 18 years as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble

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

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

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