FROM SEED TO SCALE UP
Steve Sanger is a Partner with Evolv Ventures. Steve has been a part of high-growth technology leadership teams identifying organic growth opportunities as well as through corporate development and strategic business development efforts.
Prior to joining Evolv, Steve held a variety of leadership roles including as an early member of GrubHub's executive team as their VP, Business Development that grew the business from $8M to over $400M resulting in a successful IPO (NYSE:GRUB) in 2014. Steve was responsible for the company's business and corporate development efforts as well as helping to launch the company's delivery initiative.
Steve received his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business in and holds a B.S.J from the University of Kansas.
Anuj Maheshwari is the Managing Director of Agribusiness, and also Managing Director of Middle East & Africa, at Temasek. Temasek is a global investment company with a net portfolio value of over US$200 billion. Anuj has been with Temasek for 15 years. In addition to overseeing Temasek’s investment activities for both portfolios, Anuj is also a board member on Ceva Santé Animale, Tana Africa Capital and Temasek Life Sciences Accelerator. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.
Managing Director, Agribusiness, Managing Director
Middle East & Africa, Temasek
Peter Kruger is an entrepreneur and investor manager with 25 years’ experience in the IT and digital industries, most recently operating as CEO & MD of Startupbootcamp FoodTech, the leading global accelerator with 25 foodtech companies in portfolio. His experience ranges from operating as executive manager, board member and CEO for companies such as RAI, Kataweb, Tiscali, Postecom, Terra News. He also operated as consultant, advisor and board member for Investment funds and Government bodies. With a Master in Science degree in Theoretical Physics, he combines a strong technological background with solid business and financial expertise. Active business angel, mentor, public speaker, regularly reporting in the Italian press. He is currently fundraising EIT FoodSparks, the only foodtech seed fund operating in Europe.
Manging Partner for Seed Investments
Dan Altschuler Malek is a Managing Partner at Unovis Partners / New Crop Capital, a global investment firm that provides early-stage funding to entrepreneurs developing plant-based and cultured meat alternatives to foods derived from conventional animal agriculture including beef, chicken, pork, dairy, egg, fish and shellfish products. Through it’s initial fund, New Crop Capital, the team has invested in more than 35 companies including Beyond Meats, Memphis Meats, Good Catch, Nova Meats, Alpha Foods, Zero Egg, Aleph Farms, and Super Meat. As Managing Partner for North America & Israel,
Dan explores deal flow, pursues global strategic opportunities, and works with founders to solve daily challenges and evaluate strategic decisions.
Unovis Partners & New Crop Capital
Dan Altschuler Malek
Nadav Berger comes from a 3-generation food industrial family. Nadav has created multiple companies all around food and hospitality, from Logistics to restaurants. 13 years ago, Nadav has co-founded FoodLab which is an application Food Lab. Followed, in 2015 Nadav raised and managed the Israeli 1st VC investing in breakthrough technologies, FoodLab Capital.
2 years ago, Nadav co-founded PeakBridge, a fully regulated fund manager and a member in the EIT Food consortia. PeakBridge manages the EIT Food Sparks®, a seed fund backed by the members of the consortia. Alongside of Sparks® PeakBridge raised and manages NEWtrition a global series A+ VC.
Anat is the co-founder and CEO of Ukko Inc., a biotech startup backed by top-tier Silicon Valley VCs which is solving food allergies and sensitivities. Ukko uses patient data and machine learning to guide the engineering of food proteins that can be incorporated into food products, plants and therapeutics. Previously, Anat was an Investment Partner at Innovation Endeavors, a venture firm backed by Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt. Anat is also the co-founder of MEET, an education nonprofit that since 2004 has partnered with MIT, Google, Facebook and others to develop a tech and entrepreneurship program empowering a network of Palestinian and Israeli leaders to create positive change in their communities. Anat also worked for Israel’s State Attorney, on Capitol Hill and with the World Bank. She received her PhD from MIT, an MPA from Columbia University and a law degree from Hebrew University.
PhD, Co-Founder and CEO
Anya Eldan, VP of the Innovation Authority and Head of Startup Division, is responsible for the growth and establishment of some of the best Israeli hi-tech companies; her task is to provide companies with a variety of unique tools designed to support the initial development phases of their technological project. The tools are intended to assist various kinds of clients - from the individual entrepreneur to the budding company – in their attempt to develop their initial idea into a product, and then continue to the more advanced stages of recruiting and sales. The division, led by Anya, operates many support tracks to encourage entrepreneurship in the different sectors, such as the Technological Incubators Program, Incentive Program for Early Stage Companies and the Innovation labs Program.
Anya has 25 years’ experience in the hi-tech industry, as well as in venture capital funds and technological entrepreneurship. She has proven experience in public and private fundraising. In her last role prior to joining the Innovation Authority, Anya managed companies in the field of digital healthcare and was a partner in the 'Platinum' Venture Capital Fund.
Anya holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the Tel Aviv University.
VP, Head of Startup Division
Israel Innovation Authority
Amir Zaidman has close to 20 years of experience in business development and early stage investments in several technology sectors.
Since 2014 Mr. Zaidman is serving as the vice president of business development of "The Kitchen Hub" - the first FoodTech focused seed investor and technology incubator in Israel. He provides biz-dev support to portfolio companies and is also in charge of The Kitchen's new investments and portfolio management.
Amir also takes a leading role in promoting a FoodTech community in Israel. He manages the Israel FoodTech Innovation LinkedIn group ( with more than 1,900 members), as well as the Israel's FoodTech Community MeetUp group (more than 2,600 members).
Prior to joining The Kitchen founding team, Mr. Zaidman held several executive business development positions in the Innovation and Tech sectors.
VP Business Development
The Kitchen Hub