Wild Earth is a biotechnology company founded in 2017 and headquartered in Berkeley, California developing clean high-protein pet foods that are healthier, better for the environment, and more humane than conventional pet food products. Their first product is a dog treat made with Koji, a fungi enjoyed by billions of people around the world that is eco-friendly and renewably sourced.
Their company and vision is driven by pioneers in cellular agriculture led by chief science officer Ron Shigeta, Ph.D., an experienced business team led by chief executive officer Ryan Bethencourt, and Dr. Ernie Ward, known as “America’s Pet Advocate.”
On August 3, 2018 Wild Earth completed their seed funding round with $650,000 in funding from Mogul (lead investor), Pathfinder, Leap Venture Studio, Founders Fund, and Peter Thiel. On March 18, 2019 Wild Earth expanded their seed funding round with $550,000 in funding from Mark Cuban.
On May 22, 2019 Wild Earth completed their series A funding round with $11 million in funding from VegInvest (lead investor), Vectr, Radical Investments, Mars Petcare, Founders Fund, Felicis Ventures, and Bits x Bites.
Total Raised: $650,000
Lead Investor: Mogul
Investors: Founders Fund, Peter Thiel, Path Finder and Leap Venture Studio
Total Raised: Undisclosed
Investor: R/GA Ventures
Total Raised: $4,000,000
Investors: Stray Dog Capital, Macro Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Babel Ventures, Aera VC and M Ventures
Total Raised: Undisclosed
Investor: Social Impact Capital
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- Cultured meatCultured meats are animal flesh products made from extracted animal cells that are grown in bioreactors and harvested for consumption. Cells are taken from animals such as a chickens, cows, or tuna, and grown using scaffolding and/or self-organizing constructs in bioreactors.
- Cluster: Cell-based and plant-based meatA cluster of topics related to cultured meat, plant-based meat, and cellular agriculture.
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