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Top news for today’s pioneers, brought to you by Techstars!
Bonjour Montréal :)
Happy new year to the QC startup ecosystem!
To kick off 2022, we bring you a selection of our best recent articles, infographics, and news.
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#FoodTech Insights
THE SIZE OF FOODTECH
Foodtech investments have grown fast in the past years, but 2021 will certainly be a record year with a huge increase in the number of “megadeals” (deals bigger than €50M). More important is the fact that beyond investing in the “core activities” of startups, VCs are more and more funding R&D (e.g. cellular agriculture) and infrastructure (e.g. dark stores).
It is highly relevant to look at which geographies receive the most funding if you want to know where to look for innovation. In 2021 (while we won’t have the definitive data for some time), the rise of investments outside of the US has been impressive. For the first time, Europe is leading a FoodTech trend with the rise of quick-commerce/dark stores. Asia (considered broadly) may be already leading the trend in alternative proteins with impressive investments in plant-based and cellular agriculture startups made in companies across the continent.
FOODTECH TRENDS
With more than 30,000 active FoodTech startups, the ecosystem can be hard to read. Each year, DigitalFoodLab update its hype curve with the top “areas of disruptions”. In 2021, we identified 23 of them and grouped them into 5 mega trends. 
THE IMPACT OF THE FOOD SYSTEM ON THE ENVIRONMENT
It has almost become common knowledge that we eat less meat. Nothing couldn’t be further away from the truth. Meat consumption is exploding everywhere. Even in Europe and in the United States, the growth in volume is there (with a slight substitution of red meats by poultry). What matters most is the growth of the quantity of meat eaten in developed countries.
This graph shows us how many different products (mostly animal proteins, coffee and chocolate) contribute to global warming. See the impact of nuts? They have currently a negative impact as most nut trees are placed on current croplands and capture carbon. Hard to beat. Even considering a gram of protein produced, the impact of meat is difficult to compare with soy or peas.
THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF FOOD TECHNOLOGY ON THE LONG TERM
On a more positive note, this graph shows the dramatically positive impact of the evolution of technology (and notably the much-criticized green revolution) on the number of people dying of famine. While the world population has grown tenfold in the past century, the number of death has declined since the 70s and the use of higher-yield crops and new agriculture practices.
Techstars Startup Digest Montreal is curated by:
Max Mercet Max Mercet
max.mercet@startupdigestmail.com
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