Fifty Years

Fifty Years

Fifty Years is a venture capital seed fund based in San Francisco, California founded by Seth Bannon and Ela Madej in 2016 and focuses on investing in the impact technology market.

Fifty Years is an entrepreneur-run early stage venture fund based in San Francisco, California focused on investing in technology companies. Fifty Years funds companies which are attempting to solve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on synthetic biology and food technology companies. Fifty Years VC focuses primarily on seed stage investments into companies with built products and some market validation.

The fund was founded by Seth Bannon and Ela Madej in 2016, and formed its name from a famous essay "Fifty Years Hence" written by Winston Churchill in 1932.


Notable companies Fifty Years VC has invested in include: Geltor, Memphis Meats, Starsky Robotics, Astranis, and Cofactor Genomics.

In July 2019, Fifty Years VC announced they raised $50 million for their second fund. The fund will be used to invest in companies employing technology to improve food supply, healthcare and other areas with global impacts.

Fifty Years VC produces and supports, which is an event series for scientists, entrepreneurs and investors focused on solving problems through business.


Funded Companies


Driverless truck company based in San Francisco, California.

Seattle Food Tech is a food manufacturing technology and production company producing plant-based meats. They make plant-based food and plant-based chicken nuggets.

A satellite communications company building small telecommunication satellites.

Company working on in vitro diagnostics based in Canada.

A company developing smart contact lenses for monitoring glucose level in diabetic patients.

A company replacing petroleum-based chemicals with plant-derived alternatives

A pediatric urgent care clinic in Portland.

A prenatal genetic testing company

A company developing technology to increase the energy density of lithium-ion batteries

A technology startup company developing software for collecting and managing data of healthcare providers

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Ela Madej

Partner & Founder

Katariina Helaniemi

Operations at

Richard Chen


Seth Bannon

Partner & Founder

Shuo Yang


Further reading


Chafing Against Regulation, Silicon Valley Pivots to Pandemic

Andrew Leonard


April 15, 2020

Fake-meat startups rake in cash amid food supply worries - BNN Bloomberg

Larissa Zimberoff


May 1, 2020

Fifty Years — The new Silicon Valley VC that wants to save the world AND make money

Mike Butcher

Oct 3, 2016

Fifty Years Offers Unusual Funding to Its Startups Tackling Coronavirus

Tomio Geron


March 26, 2020

Fifty Years' $50 million fund signals tech's turn toward impact | ImpactAlpha

David Bank


July 2, 2019

Meet The Forbes Under 30 Founders Leading The Next Billion-Dollar Startups

Alexandra Wilson


May 28, 2020

Silicon Valley is throwing money behind Covid-19 efforts, hoping for results

Shannon Liao, CNN Business


May 27, 2020

Taking risks on 'impact tech' to make exponential progress toward the global goals (video) | ImpactAlpha

David Bank


October 31, 2019

Tech mobilization around COVID starts to show results | ImpactAlpha

Dennis Price


April 8, 2020

Tech Startups Ask Workers to Trade In Salary for Stock

Shelly Banjo


April 17, 2020

Documentaries, videos and podcasts


Danny In The Valley: Fifty Years' Seth Bannon: "When a bear chases you into a tree, how do you get down?" on Apple Podcasts

March 25, 2020

Our Planet: Our Business.

June 27, 2019

Seth Bannon, Founding Partner at Fifty Years on How Science Startups Build the Future | Ausha

May 6, 2020

Seth Bannon: Combating pandemics with technology

April 8, 2020


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