EVENT: Speaking at Latitude 59
May 24-25 | Tallinn, Estonia
Seth will discuss the future of sustainable food in a fireside chat along with Peter Verstrate, the founder of Mosa Meats, Päivi Juolahti from Fazer and Mattias Lepp from Click and Grow.
EVENT: Speaking at Annual Founder’s Pledge Forum
June 15 | London, United Kingdom
Ela will give a keynote at the Annual Founder’s Pledge Forum. The event will take a close look at the current trajectory of business and technology, asking where we are heading, and how all changemakers - social sector, public sector, academia and business included - can coordinate to create a fair and sustainable future.
EVENT: Speaking at The Good Food Conference
Sept 6-7 | San Francisco, California
Ela will give a keynote at The Good Food Conference in September. GFC is the only event in the world focused on accelerating the commercialization of plant-based and clean meat. Other speakers include Ann Veneman, Fmr. United States Secretary of Agriculture, Uma Valeti, Founder & CEO of Memphis Meats and Pat Brown, Founder & CEO of Impossible Foods.
PRESS: Katapult Is The Festival You Need For A Future That Isn't Discreet
May 16, 2018 I
In their writeup on Katapult Future Fest, Forbes mentioned Fifty Years with some shout-outs to a few of our incredible portfolio companies.
"Watch Fifty Years closely, they might just be the soul Silicon Valley needs right now.”
Read the full article here →
EVENT : Speaking at Milken Institute Global Conference
Apr 29 - May 2 | Los Angeles, California
At the Global Conference 2018 by Milken Institute, Ela was part of the Trends in Venture Capital panel, sharing her insights about the future of impact investing and Fifty Year's mission. Ela and Seth both attended the prestigious conference, annually bringing together more than 4000 attendees, all senior decision makers in their field.
EVENT : Hosting a deep dive Impact.Tech seminar on quantum computing
Apr 19th | San Francisco, California
Seth and Ela hosted a deep dive Impact.tech Seminar on Quantum Computing. The seminar was taught by Will Zeng, a quantum theorist and Head of Quantum Cloud Services at Rigetti Computing, one of the leading quantum computing companies in the world. Will gave a comprehensive summary of the quantum computing scene, which was followed by Jeremy Witmer, a PhD Candidate from Stanford in the field of Applied Physics, who "raised the curtain" on quantum internet research.
EVENT : Speaking at SLUSH 2017
Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2017 | Helsinki, Finland
Both Seth & Ela were invited to give keynote talks about impact investing and the work that we do at Fifty Years, for the third year in a row, at this Europe's biggest tech festival (17,500 participants). Ela also judged a science pitches competition at Slush.org, among an impressive group of academics.
Watch Ela and Seth's talks:
EVENT : Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative
Oct 24-26, 2017 | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Seth was speaking at the Future Investment Initiative. His talk "Voices Of Tomorrow:
How Is The Next Generation Reshaping Business, Culture, Investment, and Society?" opened the second day of this prestigious conference.
EVENT : Keynoting and judging Smogathon Berkeley 2017
Oct 2, 2017 | Berkeley, California
Seth was keynoting and judging at the Berkeley semi-finals of Smogathon - global competition for smog fighting innovations.
EVENT : Advising the G7 leaders
Sep 27, 2017 | Turin, Italy
We're honoured that Ela has been chosen by the European Commission to the Innovation Advisory Board for the Group of Seven (G7) for this year's Italy summit.
PRESS : "Billionaires and big ag are joining venture investors to fund lab-grown meat"
Aug 23, 2017
One of our portfolio companies, Memphis Meats, just announced their Series A financing. They raised $17 million from investors including DFJ, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Cargill and Fifty Years. TechCrunch covered the funding announcement and interviewed one of our founding partners - Seth.
“Instead of using animals as pieces of technology to convert plants into proteins to make things that we like to eat, drink and wear, we can just use biology to make those things directly,”
said Seth Bannon, a co-founder of the upstart venture firm Fifty Years and an early investor in Memphis Meats.
“Meat produced through animal agriculture is terrible for the environment, raises global health concerns, is cruel to animals and is failing to feed the world,”
As Bannon says,
“It’s not often you find a trillion-dollar industry that’s as broken as conventional meat is.”
PRESS : "Meet the 'Vegan Mafia', a secret group of investors betting on the future of food"
Aug 12, 2017
The CNBC published article about the so called 'vegan mafia', including interview with one of our founding partners - Seth.
Bannon and his co-founder Ela Madej are both vegans, but stress that they're not in it purely for philanthropic reasons.
"The case for giving up meat is clear: There's a health case, an environmental case," he said. "But we have largely given up on education as a tool for convincing people."
Bannon says the entrepreneurs in his network are instead approaching the market with a "strict business lens."
As a result, the space is attracting investors who aren't vegan or vegetarian but see a way to make a solid return.
EVENT : Hosting a deep dive Impact.Tech seminar on cellular agriculture
Aug 7, 2017 | San Francisco, California
Seth and Ela hosted a deep dive Impact.Tech seminar on cellular agriculture by Dr Liz Specht from Good Food Institute. At Y Combinator Research in San Francisco, a small group of investors and entrepreneurs studied the current landscape of cellular agriculture industry, the biggest challenges and opportunities.
Learn more about this event →
PRESS : Seth interviewed on The Twenty Minute VC podcast
Aug 7, 2017
Harry Stebbings, creator of The Twenty Minute VC podcast, interviewed Seth about our mission, strategy, the ongoing deep tech explosion, and our deep belief that much of Silicon Valley's talent is currently going to waste.
EVENT : Hosting an Impact.Tech event on space tech at IndieBio SF
Jul 25, 2017 | San Francisco, California
Seth and Ela hosted an open Impact.Tech meetup about impact in the space tech sector. Speakers included John Gedmark, CEO of Fifty Years' portfolio company Astranis.
Learn more about this event →
EVENT : Judging the Velocity Fund Finals
Jul 21, 2017 | Waterloo, Canada
Seth was judging The Velocity Fund Finals. Top 10 early stage startups from Waterloo area and top 10 student projects from University Of Waterloo competed for equity free grants.
Learn more about this event →
EVENT : Hosting an Impact.Tech seminar on the science of aging
Jul 13, 2017 | San Francisco, California
Seth and Ela hosted a deep dive Impact.Tech seminar on the science of aging by Martin Borch Jensen from Buck Institute for Research on Aging. At Y Combinator Research in San Francisco, a small group of investors and entrepreneurs will learned about the biological processes behind aging, and the current landscape of anti-aging research.
EVENT : Speaking at Northern Light - European Business Leaders' Convention
Jun 29 - Jul 1, 2017 | Helsinki, Finland
Ela and Seth were both invited as emerging technology leaders to the annual Northern Light summit by The European Business Leaders’ Convention (EBLC) that gathers 150 top business leaders, scientists and innovators.
EVENT : Speaking at Pioneers Festival 2017
Jun 1-2, 2017 | Vienna, Austria
Ela & Seth were both speaking on the main stage of Pioneers Festival in Vienna sharing the vision of Fifty Years and talking about using technology to solve the world's biggest problems.
Ela was also judge in the Pioneers Challenge startup competition finale, choosing the winners from 8 finalists selected out of over 4000 applications.
Watch Seth's and Ela's talks :
EVENT : Speaking at Milken Institute Global Conference 2017
April 30-May 3, 2017 | Los Angeles, California
At the Global Conference 2017 by Milken Institute, Dr. Uma Valeti CEO & co-founder of our portfolio company Memphis Meats was part of a panel about alternative protein sources disrupting the future of food. Ela attended together with 3500 attendees from 50 countries, all senior decision makers in their field, speaking to them about the future of impact investing and Fifty Year's mission.
Watch interview with Dr. Uma Valeti, CEO & co-founder of Memphis Meats :
EVENT : Speaking at Near Future Summit 2017
Mar 15-17, 2017 | La Jolla, California
Ela was speaking as part of "Future of Finance Breakaway" panel , together with James Joaquin (Co-founder & Managing Director, Obvious Ventures) and Colin le Duc (Co-founder & Partner, Generation).
EVENT : Tasting event of Memphis Meats clean chicken meat produced from cells in labs
Mar 14, 2017 | San Francisco, California
Ela & Seth were among 25 people invited to try clean chicken meat tasting event organised by our portfolio company Memphis Meats. All the chicken meat served at the event was produced from cells in Memphis Meats lab.
Read WSJ coverage of the event →
EVENT : Speaking at Worlds Fair Nano
Jan 28, 2017 | San Francisco, California
Ela gave a talk about the future of capitalism.
Watch Ela's keynote :
PRESS : "Impact Investing - interview with Ela Madej"
Jan 21, 2017
The Economist Impact Investing team published interview with our founding partners - Ela.
We invest in companies using technology to solve the world’s biggest problems, using UN SDGs as a proxy for “problems”. We believe that these tech-enabled businesses solving real problems will be among the most profitable.
PRESS : "Ela Madej Pursues UN Sustainable-Development Goals Through Technology Entrepreneurs"
Dec 21, 2016
B the Change media published a long profile of one of our founding partners - Ela.
Madej says that Fifty Years stands out among impact investors because of how it vets portfolio companies.
“Our first question is: Can the business significantly contribute to solving one of the challenges as defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals?” Ela says.
“Second: Can it be a massively big business?
And third: Do the founders genuinely care about positive impact?”
EVENT : Speaking at SLUSH 2016
Dec 1, 2016 | Helsinki, Finland
During this Europe's biggest tech festival (15,000 participants) Seth gave a keynote on our work at Fifty Years. He was also on a panel about investing for impact & he led an impact investment roundtable during the Slush "Investor Day". Ela was on the food tech panel & had an interview +open Q&A on the Slush "speaker studio" stage.
Watch Seth's keynote :
PRESS : "Silicon Valley makes room for new nourishment"
Nov 30, 2016
Seth is quoted in this Financial Times article about the impending food revolution.
“The traditional food system is broken in every way,” says Seth Bannon, founding partner at Fifty Years, an early stage venture fund in San Francisco that has invested in food technology companies. “It’s terrible for the environment, it’s economically unfavourable and it’s not great for human health.”
Mr Bannon, of Fifty Years, who has invested in Memphis Meats, calls its approach the “second domestication”. “Traditionally we have domesticated animals to harvest their cells for food or drink,” he says. “Now we are starting to domesticate cells themselves.”
PRESS : "Despite Legal Troubles, This Startup Is Trying To Do Right By Workers"
Nov 24, 2016
Seth was quoted in this BuzzFeed article covering how company Josephine is providing contractors with stake in the company.
Bannon is not an investor in Josephine, but is intrigued by Wang’s belief that there’s
“a better way to organize a tech company.”
As an investor, I see this as a grand experiment that could either be totally unworkable, or maybe lead to a paradigm shift in how businesses are organized,” he said.
“Often, as an investor, that’s exactly where you want to be. High risk, high reward.
EVENT : Speaking at Pioneers Festival 2016
May 22, 2016 | Vienna, Austria
Seth was on a panel about the future of cryptocurrency and blockchain : "On-Chain Off-Chain Blockchain: The decentralised Revolution". Both Ela and Seth were judging and had a talk about investing to save the world during the "Challenge day" of the festival.
EVENT : Talk at Impact.Tech
Nov 17, 2015 | San Francisco, California
Seth gave a talk "Impact is the New Mobile".
Watch his talk here:
EVENT : Talk at Slush 2015
Nov 9, 2015 | Helsinki, Finland
Ela & Seth gave a talk "How to Eat Glass" about the stressful journey of entrepreneurship, and daily routines that will help you manage the rollercoaster.
Watch their talk here: