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.
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 annualNorthern 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.
Videos from this event will be available soon.
EVENT : Speaking at Milken Institute Global Conference 2017
April 30-May 3, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA
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 be 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: