EVENT: Impact.tech Science of Aging seminar
November 18 | San Francisco, California
Together with Impact.tech, Fifty Years will host another seminar focused on the science of aging. Why do we experience an exponential increase in disease as we age? Are the underlying processes treatable? What are the recent breakthroughs in anti-aging science, and how are these moving from academia into biotech? Join us and learn more at our Nov 18th seminar taught by Martin Borch Jensen, the CSO of Gordian Biotechnology.
“Taking risks on ‘impact tech’ to make exponential progress toward the global goals”.
What is the one characteristic that most impact-focused venture capitalists have in common? Why is impact investing so crucial in our times? These and other questions were answered during a discussion led by Impact Alpha’s David Bank with Seth Bannon and Maryanna Saenko of Future Ventures during this year’s SOCAP in San Francisco.
Event: Future Food-tech London
Oct 17-18, London
Ela participated in this year’s edition of Future Food-Tech in London, joining a panel and hosting a roundtable discussion on October 17th.
The discussion was described in detail in an article written by Nikki Hancocks for Food Navigator.
Fifty Years hosted a dinner with a great group of climate influencers during UN Climate Week in NYC. See the list of attendees below:
Seth Bannon, Founding Partner at Fifty Years
Ela Madej, Founding Partner at Fifty Years
Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, Founder and CEO at KBW Ventures
Albert Wenger, Managing Partner at Union Square Ventures
Anna Marie Wascher, CEO and Founding Partner of Flat World Partners
Susan Rockefeller, Documentary Filmmaker, Artist, and Conservationist
Margaret Klein Salamon, Climate Activist, Founding Director of The Climate Mobilization
Edward Shenderovich, Co-founder and Chairman at Knotel
Michael Pellman Rowland, Partner and Co-Head of Impact Investments at Alpenrose Wealth Management
Douglas Scott, Co-founder and CEO of Ethic
Joby Gaudet, CEO at Wolf Creek, ex-Generation Investment Management
Shara Ticku, Co-founder and CEO at C16 Bio
Cathy S Cao, Co-founder and CEO at Gather
Gunhild Stordalen, Physician & Environmental Advocate, Founder & President of EAT Foundation
Event: SOCAP 2019
Oct 22-25 | San Francisco, California
SOCAP continues to host the world’s largest gathering of thought leaders and practitioners of impact investing for conversations that focus on the why and the how of unlocking global markets for impact. This year, Seth will join a panel focusing on impact tech.
Event: Future Food-Tech London 2019
Oct 17-18 | London
Ela was invited to participate in this year’s Future Food-Tech London panel “Taste, Texture & Nutrition: Ushering in the Next Generation of Alternative Proteins”. She will also host a roundtable discussion around the similarities and differences in starting, growing, and scaling a food-tech business versus your typical tech start-up.
Event: SynBioBeta 2019
Oct 1-3 | San Francisco, California
Seth will participate in this year’s SynBioBeta panel focused on investing in Sustainable Future with Stephanie Marrus (Director at Entrepreneurship Center at the UCSF) and Travis Murdoch (Director at Softbank Investment Advisers).
PRESS: ImpactAlpha about Fifty Years’ second fund
July 2 | San Francisco, California
David Bank discusses Fifty Years’ second fund in an article for ImpactAlpha: “Fifty Years’ $50 million fund signals tech’s turn toward impact”
PRESS: Wall Street Journal about Fifty Years’ second fund
Heather Mack wrote an article for WSJ entitled “Fifty Years Raises Second Fund Focused on Biotech Startups“.
EVENT: YC Demo Days
Aug 19-20 | San Francisco, California
Twice a year, Y Combinator’s latest batch of startups present to an invite-only audience of approximately 1,000 investors and media. Fifty Years’ team consists of YC alumni, who stay in close connection with the community.
MEDIA: Fifty Years featured in Netflix documentary: Our Planet: Our Business
Seth discussed the changing role of business in society and its impact on our planet in Sir David Attenborough's new Netflix documentary series Our Planet: Our Business. The series is a collaboration between WWF, Netflix and Silverback Films and showcases the world's natural wonders, iconic species and wildlife spectacles that still remain.
Event: Future Food-Tech Korea 2019
July 11 | Seoul, South Korea
Seth was invited to speak at the Future Food-Tech Korea 2019 summit. The international gathering of food business leaders, investors and food-tech innovators will tackle the great challenges of the future: affordable nutrition and sustainability, discussing the transformation of the food industry.
July 3-4 | Berlin
Seth was invited to speak at TOA19 for a session entitled Biotech, health, and the age of fast capital – How do we balance innovation with responsibility? The event gathers 150+ thought-leaders from tech, art, and science, who share their vision on how they see the world evolving.
PRESS: Interview for NPR’s Marketplace Tech
Seth discussed Fifty Years’ mission and portfolio companies, and how they can increase the world’s ability to adapt to climate change in an interview for Marketplace Tech, daily NPR show with an audience of 3 million. Marketplace’s overall suite of radio programs carries the largest audience for any business program in the U.S. on radio, cable or network television.
EVENT: session chair at Future Food-Tech
June 18-19 2019 | New York, New York
Held annually in New York, San Francisco, London and Singapore, the Future Food-Tech Summit is an international networking event, bringing together 400+ leading food brands, entrepreneurs and investors to showcase solutions, share ideas and create new alliances to accelerate the adoption of new technology solutions. Seth, who is a member of the FFT advisory board, will chair a session focusing on personalized nutrition at the New York Summit.
EVENT: Impact.tech Genome editing & gene therapy seminar
June 11 | San Francisco, California
Together with Impact.tech, Fifty Years hosted a deep dive seminar on Genome editing & gene therapy. The seminar covered the experiments and inventions that led to the development of these remarkable new tools and technologies. We learned the history of how genome engineering tools, including CRISPR, and delivery technology, including AAV capsids, were created in their modern form. We went through major companies and emerging trends in the gene therapy industry and learned how and where new discoveries, including accelerated algorithms for genetic engineering, will lead us in the near and distant future. The seminar was taught by Eric Kelsic, PhD, Founder and CEO of Dyno Therapeutics, a VC-backed biotech located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
EVENT: Synbiobeta Leaders Retreat
May 31 | Half Moon Bay, California
Ela attended Synbiobeta Leaders Retreat in Half Moon Bay. It was an exclusive conversation about how the community of CEOs, founders, and investors working at the intersection of biology can continue to flourish and make an impact in the world. The event was also a preview of what’s in store at SynBioBeta 2019. Synbiobeta Leaders Retreat brings together the synthetic biology industry’s emerging innovators, investors, engineers, and thinkers.
EVENT: Impact.tech Stress Management for Entrepreneurs seminar
May 29 | San Francisco, California
Together with Impact.tech, Fifty Years hosted a seminar on Stress Management for Entrepreneurs. This workshop covered the neuroscience of chronic stress, the gifts of acute stress and how to stay on the performance edge of stress. During the seminar we learned some quick tools for transforming stress into a friendly superpower and how to identify early signs of the enemy face of stress. The seminar was taught by Kari Sulenes, PsyD with a background in organizational behavior.
EVENT: Impact.tech Clean Chemicals Seminar - cohort #2
May 14 | San Francisco, California
Together with Impact.tech, Fifty Years hosted a deep dive seminar on Clean Chemicals. The seminar provided the audience with an overview of forces shaping the chemical industry at large and reviewed the 12 principles of green chemistry, especially the atom economy. It focused on the aspects of competitiveness, and how to use technological innovation and economy of scale to survive on the commodity-based market full of multibillion-dollar incumbents. The seminar was taught by Wojciech Osowiecki, a PhD candidate in chemistry at UC Berkeley.
EVENT: Impact.tech Transformative Technologies Seminar
April 4 | San Francisco, California
Together with Impact.tech, Fifty Years hosted a deep dive seminar on Transformative Technologies. Transformative technologies” is an umbrella term for medically and scientifically validated technologies supporting mental health, sleep, well-being, and thriving. The seminar covered the main growth drivers, market leaders and active investors in select verticals, exciting areas of research ready to hit the market. The seminar was taught by Nichol Bradford, who is the CEO of the Willow Group and Executive Director of the Transformative Technology Lab.
PRESS: ImpactAlpha about Carbon Impact.tech
April 3 | San Francisco, California
ImpactAlpha wrote an article on Carbon Impact.tech with the title “How Negative can Carbontech Entrepreneurs go?“.
EVENT: Carbon Impact.tech Symposium
March 28 | San Francisco, California
Together with Impact.tech we hosted our first solution seminar Carbon Impact.tech. The Carbon Symposium focused on solutions around carbon sequestration and carbon removal. The event showcased the state of the technologies for profitable carbon removal and provided an overview of the status quo of carbon solutions, followed by lightning talks of entrepreneurs working with carbon solutions and investors funding the development of the field.
EVENT: Speaking at Future of Food Tech Conference
March 19 | San Francisco, California
Seth spoke at the Future of Food Tech Conference in San Francisco. He was part of an investor panel around personalized nutrition.
EVENT: Speaking at Hello Tomorrow
March 15 | Paris, France
Seth spoke at the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit in France in mid-March. He gave a keynote with the topic of "Deep tech, a tool for good?", and participated in an investor panel discussing the challenges and opportunities of biotech.
EVENT: Impact.tech seminar Introduction to Synthetic Biology
Jan 24 | San Francisco, California
Together with Impact.tech, Fifty Years hosted a deep dive seminar on synthetic biology. Introduction to Synthetic Biology seminar was an introduction to the world of biology, biotechnology and synthetic biology. We started with an input/output approach to biological systems, then explained where biological molecules come from and how they perform such a wide variety of functions. We learned how these very same properties of native cell function allow us to probe, manipulate, and modify cell function. We discussed state of the art industry applications, such as the ability of biological systems to produce a vast variety of chemicals including fuels, biomaterials, food and drugs.
EVENT: Impact.tech seminar on Clean Chemicals
Dec 12 | San Francisco, California
Impact.tech hosted a seminar on Clean Chemicals. The Clean Chemicals seminar provided an overview of forces shaping the chemical industry at large and a revieweded the 12 principles of green chemistry, especially the atom economy. It focused on the aspects of competitiveness, and how to use technological innovation and economy of scale to survive on the commodity-based market full of multibillion-dollar incumbents. The seminar was taught by Wojciech Osowiecki, a PhD candidate in chemistry at UC Berkeley.
EVENT: Impact.tech seminar on Cellular Agriculture
Oct 10 | San Francisco, California
Impact.tech is hosting another seminar - this time the theme is cellular agriculture. The event will be led by Liz Specht and the discussions will focus on major breakthroughs in the field, the main actors in the academia and industry, as well as commercialization and cost curves for “clean” products. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
EVENT: Impact.tech seminar on New Technologies in Plant-based Food Production
Oct 3 | San Francisco, California
We would like to invite you to an Impact.tech seminar on New Technologies in Plant-based Food Production. The seminar will be taught by Liz Specht, a Senior Scientist with the Good Food Institute, a non-profit organization advancing plant-based and clean meat food technology. She works with researchers, funding agencies, entrepreneurs, and venture capital firms to prioritize work that advances plant-based alternatives, cellular agriculture, and clean meat. Join us by signing in through the link below.
EVENT: Speaking at SynBioBeta 2018
Oct 1-3 | San Francisco, California
Seth will be a speaker in SynBioBeta 2018, the Global Synthetic Biology Global summit, organized as a part of the Synthetic Biology Week.
EVENT: Speaking at the Reducetarian Summit 2018
Sept 28 - 30 | Los Angeles, California
At the end of September Ela will visit Los Angeles to participate in one of the panels at the Reducetarian Summit. The goal of the Summit is to bring together people and perspectives from all corners of the world to explore strategies and tactics for ending factory farming and reducing societal consumption of animal products - and provoke conversations that matter.
EVENT: Speaking at Forbes 30 under 30 2018
Sept 30 - Oct 3 | Boston, MA
Seth was invited to speak at a new stage presented by Forbes 30 under 30 in Boston - one for social entrepreneurs. He will be accompanied by Samir Kaul of Khosla Ventures, Ann Wang of Enrou and Jean Case of Case Foundation, among others.
Learn more about this event →
EVENT: Speaking at The Good Food Conference
Sept 6-7 | San Francisco, California
Ela will be speaking 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.
EVENT: Hosting an Impact.Tech seminar on The Science of Aging
August 8th | San Francisco, California
The Seminar on Anti-aging Science will be taught by Martin Borch Jensen, who did his doctoral research in biogerontology at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore and the University of Copenhagen and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, where he uses fruit flies to study mechanisms of life extension. The seminar will be hosted on August 8th in San Francisco.
Learn more about this event→
EVENT: Hosting a deep dive Impact.Tech seminar on Quantum Computing
July 10th | San Francisco, California
We hosted Cohort 2 of the "Arrival of Quantum Computing” deep dive Impact.tech seminar on July 10th, 5pm - 7:30pm. The seminar was led by with Will Zeng from Rigetti Computing and covered the basic science of QC, main architectures and approaches, commercialization timelines, and include the current QC industry overview.
Learn more about this event→
EVENT: Speaking at Future Food Tech Seminar
June 19-20 | New York, New York
Seth spoke at the Future Food Tech event about impact investing and the role of the food-tech VC in shaping the future of food.
Future Food Tech Seminar brings together the world’s largest food companies and retailers with technology companies and investors from the food tech field.
EVENT: Speaking at Annual Founder’s Pledge Forum
June 15 | London, United Kingdom
Ela gave a keynote at the Annual Founder’s Pledge Forum. The event took 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 Latitude 59
May 24-25 | Tallinn, Estonia
Seth discussed 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.
PRESS: Katapult Is The Festival You Need For A Future That Isn't Discreet
May 16, 2018 I
In their write-up 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 Katapult Future Fest
May 15 -16 | Oslo, Norway
Seth gave a keynote about Cellular Agriculture at Katapult Future Fest in Oslo on May 15th.
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:
PRESS : "Investing in companies with social impact"
Oct 24, 2017
During the prestigious Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia, Maria Bartimoro from Fox Business interviewed one of our founding partners - Seth.
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.