The Program

Jan 15th: Fundraising Workshop

Learn about everything you need to know to be an effective fundraiser.

Jan 16th: The Main Expo

Network with all of the main players in the alternative protein space.

Jan 17th: Silicon Valley VC Tour

Startups in town for the show will be able to meet with VCs throughout the Bay Area.


Jan 15th - Fundraising Workshop

1pm - 6pm | Terra Gallery

If you’re from outside the US, this is a great opportunity to learn fundraising, the Silicon Valley way. You’ll receive the abbreviated version of a curriculum developed for Stanford StartX international entrepreneurs.

This session will cover the art and the science of making great first impressions, body language and behavior, how to pitch VCs in Silicon Valley: everything from what to wear to how, exactly, to shake hands, and much, much more.

Olivia Fox Cabane is the former Director of Innovative Leadership for Stanford StartX, the current Chair of the International Alliance for Alternative Protein, and the bestselling author of The Charisma Myth. In addition to being a keynote speaker and executive coach to the leadership of Fortune 500 companies such as Google, MGM and Deloitte, she lectures at Harvard, Yale, MIT and the United Nations. Olivia is fluent in four languages and was the youngest person ever to have been appointed Foreign Trade Advisor to the French Government.

Judah Pollack is a former faculty member of Stanford StartX, coauthor of The Chaos Imperative and The Net And The Butterfly, and current lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. As a psychological counselor and strategic adviser in the art of leadership, he works regularly with the US Army Special Forces and Red Team University, as well civilian clients such as the Plexus Institute, Airbnb, IDEO, and The North Face.  


Jan 16th - The Expo

The Alternative Protein Show is different than other conferences in the industry. The emphasis is on networking and making connections. All sessions are optional, and attendees are encouraged to pick and choose the ones that are the most directly relevant to them.


These are just a few of the many exhibitors at the Alternative Protein Industry.

Who Will You Meet?

The Alternative Protein Show is a who’s who of the alternative protein industry.

UPPER Level: Speakers and Workshops

9am-10am | Opening Keynotes

Bruce Friedrich, Executive Director of The Good Food Institute

Dr. Pasi Vainikka, CEO of Solar Foods

10am-12pm | Breakout Sessions Part 1

Join any one of the many sessions dedicated to deep-dives into various areas of business, science & industry. There will be 4 breakout sessions running at any given time. These sessions are completely optional, so if none peak your interest, keep exploring the Expo and network on the bottom floor.

  • Dr. Peter Rowe of Deep Branch Biotech on generating single-cell protein from CO2.

  • Dr. Sandhya Sriram of Shiok Meats on the meat-mindset of APAC.

  • Jack A. Bobo of Intrexon on how shifting consumer preferences affect the protein market.

  • Kerry Song of The Abbot’s Butcher on what you need to know about clean label.

  • Ilan Samish of Amai Proteins on novel proteins as healthy sugar substitutes.

  • Pierre Calleja of Odontella on algae-based smoked salmon and caviar.

  • Alvyn Severien of Algama on the protein superpowers of microalgae.

  • Christie Lagally of Seattle Food Tech on replacing America’s meat processing infrastructure with plant-based meat production.

  • Brian Spears of New Age Meats on the secrets of successful automation.

  • Frank Truong of Cosucra on the technical benefits of Pea Protein for Plant Based Food & Beverage Applications.

  • Barnett Sporkin-Morrison of the GF Development on what rural America can offer fast-growing protein companies, and why they should take note.

  • Katharine Kreis of PATH on Exploring Emerging Markets for Alternative Protein.

  • Joanna Bromley of Better Meat Co. on near-term strategies to reduce meat demand.

… and many more. To submit a breakout session proposal, contact us.

12pm - 1pm | Catered lunch by Improved Nature

1:30pm - 2:30pm | Problem-Solution Matching Workshop

Have a problem that you just can’t figure out? Looking to provide your services to the Alternative Protein industry? This workshop will give an opportunity for individuals and startups to crowdsource solutions and advice for their most difficult issues.

Dr. Sergiy Smetana, Sustainability and Food Data and Clemens Hollah, Entrepreneurship and IP Manager at German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL e.V.).

2:30pm - 3pm | Careers in Cellular Agriculture: Connecting entrepreneurs, students, and future employees

The Cellular Agriculture Society (CAS) will be introducing a cellular agriculture careers platform they're developing called the CAS Collaborative Center.  After a brief overview and a demo of the online platform, they'll be taking feedback from the audience on how it can serve the international community best upon its launch later this year.

Miela Foster, CAS Director, CCC Careers and Kristopher Gasteratos, CAS Founder/President

3pm - 3:30pm | Exploring policy-related benefits of cellular agriculture upon commercialization

This exclusive talk with The Cellular Agriculture Society Legal Fellow Rohini Banskota will explore the benefits that cellular agriculture can bring to the State of California upon commercialization.

Rohini Banskota, CAS Legal Fellow

3:30pm - 4:30pm | Breakout Sessions Part 2

Another round of breakout sessions by industry leaders.

5pm - 7pm | Reception

Closing keynote by Jacy Reese, Research Director at the Sentience Institute, author of the new book "The End of Animal Farming."

Drinks provided by Beyond Investing and The Meatless Farm Co.


Snacks provided by The Jackfruit Company and Next Sushi.


Jan 17th - Silicon Valley VC Tour

7am - 9pm | Throughout the Bay

And these are just a few of the Silicon Valley venture capital firms who have reserved time in their partners’ schedules specifically to meet with Alternative Protein Show startups.