Business and innovation

The business of alternative protein

Israel is a hub for technological development and innovation. Second only to the U.S. in the number of alternative protein startups and investments globally, Israel plays a critical role in developing the food of the future.

As a nonprofit working to build a sustainable, secure, and just food system, we partner with companies and investors across Israel to drive investment, accelerate innovation, and scale the supply chain—all faster than market forces alone would allow.

Israeli early-stage successes

2023 was a record-breaking year for alternative protein startups founded (15) and the second-best year in early-stage funding to date (US$35 million).

This is largely thanks to Israel’s thriving academic ecosystem, with over 70 active alternative protein researchers across 11 academic institutions, and two dedicated food tech research centers announced. The government also provided critical support for alternative proteins, including millions in funding for research grants, startups, and workforce training.

Beyond early-stage innovation, established Israeli startups continued to grow, launching nine new products across global markets and founding six new production facilities.

Credit: Redefine Meat

Israel’s alternative protein company database

Explore the landscape of plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation companies in Israel. Use the database to stay current on new companies in the space, find a partner, or identify groundbreaking startups.

Visit GFI’s global company database to explore alternative protein companies worldwide, add companies that aren’t on our list, or request updates to our data.

You can also find more information on Israeli startups on Startup Nation Central‘s Finder platform.

Israel’s alternative protein investor database

This directory includes hundreds of investors who are interested in funding Israeli alternative protein companies and startups. Sort the directory by investor type, product category, location, fundraising series, or typical amount invested. Fundraising startups can use this resource to make connections with investors.

Visit GFI’s global company database to explore investors worldwide, add investors who aren’t on our list, or request updates to our data.

International resources

State of the Industry Report: Plant-based

The latest report detailing the commercial landscape, sales, investments, public funding, and innovation trends in the plant-based meat, seafood, egg,…

State of the Industry Report: Fermentation

The latest report detailing the commercial landscape, investments, regulatory developments, and scientific progress in the fermentation for alternative proteins industry.

State of the Industry Report: Cultivated meat

The latest report detailing the commercial landscape, investments, regulatory developments, and scientific progress in the cultivated meat and seafood industry.

State of the Industry Report: Germany

Exploring recent developments surrounding alternative proteins in Germany: market development, commercial landscape, investments and investors, the scientific landscape, consumer acceptance…

State of the Industry Report: APAC

Our inaugural report on the alternative proteins sector in Asia Pacific with a deep-dive into public and private funding, the…

GFI Mentor Program

Our GFI Mentor Program enables entrepreneurs and startups to have 1:1 mentoring sessions with subject matter experts across the alternative…

Our news, events, and blog

GFI Israel Top 10 Moments of 2023

Encapsulating a year of significant achievements in the alternative proteins sector, this update details our key initiatives and collaborations in…

Learn more from our global affiliates

GFI’s experts work worldwide with stakeholders across all academic, political, and business sectors, to advance the alternative protein industry and enable market breakthroughs. Learn more about their work.