Vevolution is the global vegan investment platform
It's our mission to accelerate the growth of the plant based, cellular agriculture, and material economies by providing fintech solutions that enable opportunities for investors and startups.
We put technology at the heart of the transition to a post-animal economy.
Vevolution is a global movement for plant-powered positive change in the world. Vevolution started life as an events and media startup in 2016. It rapidly became Europe’s most popular one day education focused annual festival and supported startup entrepreneurs in reaching consumers.
After meeting Michiel van Deursen in 2019, Vevolution Founders Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel decided to come together with Michiel, Stephan and Tristan to create a technology based iteration of Vevolution for the future.
Vevolution pivoted to a fintech based platform in 2020. The platform has achieved instant success driven by the strong startup community it developed over the years. The success has been completely organic and illustrates the demand for the fintech platform connecting startups with smart money.
The Vevolution vegan business marketplace makes it seamless for members to find impactful connections, spread the word about their company, and connect them with their customers. More than 25 companies have secured funding on Vevolution, with more than $2 million in capital deployed.
Co-Founder and CEO
Erik has more than five years experience building and managing virtual peer to peer communities in the non-profit, municipal sustainability, and plant-based sectors.
After creating the Mile High Vegan Network in 2019, he joined forces with Vevolution. Erik lives in Denver, Colorado and loves hiking, camping, skiing, and making veggie burritos. Erik leads and manages the company strategy, growth, and operations.
Damien forged a career as a communications expert for ethical brands and large not-for-profits before alongside his wife Judy created Vevolution back in 2016.
He is a widely published writer, accomplished public speaker, co-host of our Plant Based Business Podcast where he speaks to founders and investors leading the plant-based movement.
In 2020, he co-founded the pet food tech startup THE PACK. He lives in London with his wife Judy, dog Blossom. Is a dedicated lifelong learner, part-time guitar player, oddly obsessed follower of Arsenal Football club and a pet parent.
Throughout Judy's life, she has supported people who are passionate about creating positive change in the world. Before co-founding Vevolution with her husband Damien, Judy curated experiences within tech and the arts to hack solutions to the biggest problems facing our planet.
Judy is passionate about making opportunities available to everyone and continues to strive to make Vevolution an inclusive and diverse supportive community.
She is a pet parent to Blossom and recently co-founded THE PACK, a food-tech company on a mission to cook-up delicious, drool-inducing plant-based meals for every dog-bowl in the world. A kind that's better for dogs, and their planet too.
Michiel van Deursen
Co-Founder, Director and Investor
Michiel van Deursen is a tech entrepreneur from the first generation of internet pioneers. He founded the first online classifieds ads website in Belgium and The Netherlands, fast growing the platform until its successful exit in 2013. He also co-founded a tech agency and tech accelerator.
Michiel now thrives at helping early stage teams getting started on their next entrepreneurial journey. Michiel founded Capital V and has a proven track record in both investment and vegan environments, as an early investor in The Vegetarian Butcher he has helped the plant-based space develop.
Being a vegan investor, he saw many new people entering the space and wanted to help, envisioning a platform to connect and solve his own challenges managing the growing amount of startups raising and interested investors. He joined forces with Vevolution to help create the platform, and advises on strategy and product development.
Stephan considers himself an ethical entrepreneur. He loves connecting with and learning from like minded people as he believes that we can't change the world alone.
He has 17 years of experience in digital marketing, is partner at Vevolution, co-founder at Leaped, board member of the Dutch chapter of the Vegan Entrepreneurs Network and co-founder and CEO of Shop Like You Give a Damn, the vegan, fair & sustainable marketplace for fashion, cosmetica and homeware.
Ashlen's interest in sustainable food began when she went vegan at 17 and spent that summer volunteering on permaculture farms in Hawaii. She became professionally involved in the future of food when she started covering alternative protein news for The Spoon and scouting for a vegan venture capital firm.
After joining Vevolution in 2022, she now helps onboard start-ups to our investment platform and raise capital. She is the founder of the food technology publication FutureFoodie.tech and the author of Vegan in a Van.
Co-Founder and CTO
Tristan has over 10 years of experience working as a web developer and technical lead both freelance and at internet agencies in The Netherlands.
In 2020 he joined Vevolution as a partner and technical lead to use his technical skills to work towards a plant-based world. Tristan lives and works partly in Amsterdam and partly in his self-build campervan all around Europe and loves to travel and play the guitar.