Message Owen

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I am motivated by impact. For me, this was initially working in developing countries. I joined Bain & Co because they had offices in Johannesburg.

After 3 years at Bain, I joined Sanargy a start-up in Kenya. We created a zero-waste system by using organic waste to feed insects which we sold as animal feed. I scaled this from a tiny lab-scale experiment (literally, twenty flies) through pilot production to raise $15m for industry production. This is now online and East Africa's largest waste processing facility.

Then my partner and I watched Cowspiracy and became vegan. I started to question whether I should be breeding insects and selling them as animal feed so I moved on.

Funded by Lightspeed Ventures and Pear VC, a friend and I set up one of the first portable benefits system in the US, creating a safety net for US gig workers. Given the impact of the pandemic, we had to close the venture after 18 months and return capital.

I then came to realise I had the opportunity to combine my personal values and professional skills and have been focused on alternative proteins since this point. Either by advising FMCGs, investors and governments on their alt protein strategies or by starting alt protein companies.

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About

I am motivated by impact. For me, this was initially working in developing countries. I joined Bain & Co because they had offices in Johannesburg.

After 3 years at Bain, I joined Sanargy a start-up in Kenya. We created a zero-waste system by using organic waste to feed insects which we sold as animal feed. I scaled this from a tiny lab-scale experiment (literally, twenty flies) through pilot production to raise $15m for industry production. This is now online and East Africa's largest waste processing facility.

Then my partner and I watched Cowspiracy and became vegan. I started to question whether I should be breeding insects and selling them as animal feed so I moved on.

Funded by Lightspeed Ventures and Pear VC, a friend and I set up one of the first portable benefits system in the US, creating a safety net for US gig workers. Given the impact of the pandemic, we had to close the venture after 18 months and return capital.

I then came to realise I had the opportunity to combine my personal values and professional skills and have been focused on alternative proteins since this point. Either by advising FMCGs, investors and governments on their alt protein strategies or by starting alt protein companies.