Startup Food Chain

Introduce Your Bowels to AccelFoods’ New Class of Hipster Snack Startups

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We can see how a group of startups giving a Williamsburg-style hipster update to muesli or making caramels out of coconuts might have trouble taking off at first. Luckily, companies with off-key ideas for the future of food are getting a helping hand from AccelFoods, a New York-based accelerator that focuses on food startups.

AccelFood debuted their new class of four startups today, including a mushroom tea startup (“become a funguy”) and Cocomels, which are the Vita CoCo of candy. The would-be disruptors will receive initial investments of up to $40,000, with up to $200,000 coming their way by graduation. Read More

15 Minutes Into the Future

How Is Soylent Not Just Slim Fast?

BRB, barfing.

The latest chapter in Silicon Valley’s long-running love affair with efficiency: Soylent, the tasteless meal replacement designed to supply a programmer with all his essential vitamins and nutrients without making him pick from the in-house cafeteria’s gourmet offerings. And now, TechCrunch reports, the company has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from investors including Andreessen Horowitz and Lerer Ventures. Read More