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The Plant Based Business Podcast

The Plant-Based Business Podcast by Vevolution brings together leading plant-based and cell-based entrepreneurs and investors to discuss what it takes to create and scale a business. Hosted by Vevolution Co-Founder's Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel, we go deep with the innovators driving the plant-based and cell-based movement forward. Vevolution is the home of plant-based innovators bringing together investors, startups and change-makers to create solutions fora better world. Learn more at www.vevolution.com

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Episode 1: Vevolution: Damien Clarkson & Judy Nadel: Scaling The Plant-Based Economy

Vevolution Co-Founders Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel talk to Loui Blake about how they built Vevolution, the reasons behind the launch of the Plant-Based Business Podcast and the future of the plant-based economy. This podcast is produced by Vevolution. It is edited by Bridey Addison-Child

32mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 23: Mindful Bites: Negotiating with change in an uncertain world

Today Damien is chatting to Stephanie Peritore, founder of Mindful Bites and an Angel Investor. Stephanie shares how she went from working in finance to creating a plant based business designed to help change the world for the better. This episode covers how to find the right manufacturer (and why you should) when to compromise, and why a good relationship with your consumers will help in a hunt for new retailers. Lots to learn, we hope you enjoy! We'd love to hear what you think. Please share your thoughts on the Plant Based Business Podcast here: https://vevolution.typeform.com/to/NWzlON This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

38mins

8 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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Episode 2: Form: Scaling With Purpose

Natalia Bojanic and Damian Soong Founders of Form talk about how they built a B Corporation known for their innovative plant-based formulas and share their secrets for product development, mindfulness and scaling a business with purpose. This podcast is produced by Vevolution. It is edited by Bridey Addison-Child

37mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 8: The Happy Pear: Today Was A Good Day To Die

The Happy Pear, Dave and Steve go to bed every night thinking today was a good day to die. This because they have built a wellness empire on their own terms. Building their business, which happened to do £10 million in turnover last year, around their zest for life and passion for health and well-being. In this episode of The Plant Based Business Podcast they talk with Damien Clarkson and Loui Blake about their business journey and their mission to do things differently. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child.

43mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 16: Pippa Murray - Pip & Nut: We Need More Female Founders

In Episode 16 of the Plant Based Business Podcast, Damien talks to Pippa Murray, founder of peanut butter brand Pip & Nut. This week they chat about how to build a world around your brand, why you don't necessarily need a background in business to succeed as an entrepreneur, as well as funding opportunities for female founders. We recommend that you enjoy this episode whilst scoffing some peanut butter out of the jar, as Pippa does daily!This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

41mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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Episode 10: allplants: Making The World Vegan-ish

Jonathan Petrides is the Co-Founder of allplants, a fresh frozen food startup on a mission to feed the world more plants. In this discussion with Damien Clarkson and Loui Blake, JP discusses his entrepreneurial background, motivation for creating allplants and the challenges of building a high growth startup. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

39mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Episode 14: Michiel van Deursen: Investing In A Plant Based Future

This week Judy and Damien are in Amsterdam! They sat down with Michiel van Deursen to chat about his impressive background as an entrepreneur building an online business in the early days of the internet, as well as how he went on to become a successful and passionate investor in the plant based business space. Tune in to hear Michiel gives a load of insight into what he looks for as an investor in a start up. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

28mins

6 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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Episode 17: Paul Brown - BOL: Rapidly Scaling an FMCG Brand

Damien and Loui talk to Paul Brown founder of BOL, who make a delicious selection of plant-based veg pots, salad jars, dinner boxes and soups. Paul talks about cutting his teeth at Innocent Smoothies, his unique exit from that company, and the rapid growth of BOL. We also touch on how, in an increasingly complex world, it can be difficult to know which business choices are the right ones for the planet. Both thoughtfulness and laughs in this episode, enjoy! This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

39mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #8

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Episode 20: Biff's Kitchen: Vegan Jackfruit Pioneers

As the Covid-19 pandemic looms larger in all our lives, this week Damien interviews Biff and Christa Bloom-Burrows in a virtual edition of the Plant-Based Business Podcast. Biff's Kitchen are an iconic London vegan brand, notorious for making incredible, tasty burgers and jackfruit wings. As well as touching on the issues facing all businesses due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the three of them chat about the Biff's starting out in street food, pivoting into food service and the benefit of staying a lean startup. So sit back (in self isolation) and enjoy! This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

41mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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Episode 5: SpiceBox: Bringing the Silicon Valley Mentality To A Plant Based Food Start Up

Grace Regan, was living the Silicon Valley tech dream, running media startup Clippet until she was lured back to London with a mission to revolutionise Britain's much loved curry house with her startup SpiceBox. This podcast is produced by Vevolution. It is edited by Bridey Addison-Child

35mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 9: Jarr Kombucha: How I Built a Gut Friendly Business

In this episode Adam Vanni, founder of Jarr Kombucha, discusses how he built one of the UK’s most recognisable kombucha brands. Produced by Vevolution & edited by Bridey Addison-Child

34mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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Episode 15: The Vegan Kind: Thinking Outside The Subscription Box

Scott and Karris McCulloch are founders of The Vegan Kind, an incredible vegan box subscription service and online plant based supermarket. Today we sit down with Scott to chat about the journey to their current Seedrs campaign and how they've built a supportive online community. Listen in to hear how they select the products that go into their boxes, as well as Scott's story of quitting his stable job to pursue his business dream. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

43mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Episode 7: Compare Ethics: The Mission To Reimagine Sustainability

In this episode Compare Ethics Founders, Abbie and James discuss how they set off on a mission to reimagine sustainability through developing a platform showcasing brands challenging the fast fashion industry head-on. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

36mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 12: BRAVE: Being a BRAVE Challenger Food Brand

This week Damien chats to co-founder of BRAVE, one of the UK's break out plant-based start ups. Amber chats about creating a pulse based snack brand, her niche in the market, being on the Sainsbury’s accelerator scheme and how to know when you should quit full time work and take the plunge as an entrepreneur. Produced by Vevolution, edited by Bridey Addison-Child

35mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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Episode 13: Club Cultured and The Well-Bean Company: Plant Based Businesses - Live!

This week we bring you an episode recorded live at Vevolution Festival 2019 with the winners of Vevolution's Pitch + Plant: Club Cultured and The Well-Bean Company. Lots of takeaways in this episode about scaling a business and working collaboratively. Plus the origin stories of both businesses, including the mental health mission behind Well Bean's chocolate, and how Club Cultured originally fermented their amazing tempeh in an old fridge!  This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

22mins

30 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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Episode 6: Nix & Kix: Re-imagining The Non-Alcoholic Beverage Industry

A chance meeting at an airport led to Kerstin Robinson & Julia Kessler quitting their corporate careers in order to re-imagine a stale non-alcoholic beverage industry. Lots of takeaways in this episode for anyone looking to scale an FMCG brand. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

35mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 21: Willem Blom: Dream Big, Act Small, Investing In A Plant Based Future

This week Damien chats to Willem Blom, an impact investor from the Netherlands. They touch on Covid-19 and its ongoing impact on the food service industry, but also explore disrupting unethical production processes, clean meat and its future, and where Willem invests and why. Tune in to hear Willem's predictions on the future of the plant based industry and why now is a great time to innovate, even amidst the pandemic. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

41mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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Episode 18: Amanda Thomson, Founder of Thomson & Scott: Disrupting The Wine Industry

Loui and Damien talk to Amanda Thomson, of Thomson & Scott, the pioneering company leading the charge on low-sugar, organic and vegan sparkling wines. Amanda asks us: do you really know what's in your wine? She talks about giving up her career as an arts broadcast journalist to move to Paris and break into one of the oldest, traditionalist industries there is, battling prejudice and bureaucracy along the way. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

41mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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Episode 19: Charlie Bowker - Native Snacks: How To Create New Innovations In Plant Based Snacks

This week Damien sits down with co-founder of Native Snacks, Charlie Bowker, who talks about the process of innovating within the snack industry. Hear about how he and his co-founder, Darcy, travelled all the way to India to nail the perfect snack, and the challenges they faced scaling their manufacturing model, as well as their time on the Sainsbury's Future Brands programme. Lots of learning in this episode about finding investment in the early stages of your business, and establishing a brand in a new market. Enjoy! Produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

35mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Episode 11: Loui Blake: Building Businesses Driven by Purpose

Loui Blake is interviewed by his Plant Based Business Podcast Co-Host Damien Clarkson about his entrepreneur journey to-date. They explore how Loui's background in hospitality and a passion for plant-based living led him down the path of creating the UK's largest vegan restaurant, Erpingham House. This podcast is produced by Vevolution and edited by Bridey Addison-Child

43mins

16 Jan 2020

Rank #20