Beyond Animal consists of a Humanity (humane+community) network and is raising funds to embark on fundraising for companies which are ethical sustainable and cruelty-free. The network builds on the pre-existing experience of Claire Smith, one of the co-founders, in ESG and sustainable investing, and the tech background of Dhanesh Kothari, the second co-founder, whose experience is in building IT systems for private banks. Beyond Animal seeks to provide services to businesses and investors who are involved in the areas of food, catering, agriculture, materials, clothing, cosmetics, and household items, as well as animal testing solutions, whose products avoid and ideally replace the use of animals. The growth of the vegan movement, and the trend towards flexitarianism, as well as concerns about health and the environment, are creating high growth opportunities in this area, however companies across the board are struggling to get funding. Beyond Animal seeks to address this with a dealr...
Beyond Animal consists of a Humanity (humane+community) network and is raising funds to embark on fundraising for companies which are ethical sustainable and cruelty-free. The network builds on the pre-existing experience of Claire Smith, one of the co-founders, in ESG and sustainable investing, and the tech background of Dhanesh Kothari, the second co-founder, whose experience is in building IT systems for private banks. Beyond Animal seeks to provide services to businesses and investors who are involved in the areas of food, catering, agriculture, materials, clothing, cosmetics, and household items, as well as animal testing solutions, whose products avoid and ideally replace the use of animals. The growth of the vegan movement, and the trend towards flexitarianism, as well as concerns about health and the environment, are creating high growth opportunities in this area, however companies across the board are struggling to get funding. Beyond Animal seeks to address this with a dealroom for qualified investors and ultimately crowdlending services to address the need for working capital since companies have short track records and are unable to fund their production via banks. Beyond Animal will work with professional counterparties to matchmake borrowers and investors as well as democratising impact by providing access to these investments to a broader audience. Alongside the funding, the Beyond Animal platform is providing a business directory, jobs board, product feed and community managements that is tailored to the needs of sustainable and ethical businesses and their customers and investors. The focus of our start-up on ethical and sustainable businesses and their funding needs stands at the intersection of three major trends, the one towards plant-based eating and sustainable consumption, another the disruption of the banking sector through FinTech and the third being the desire of investors to invest ethically for impact.
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Advisors

Robert Woodall
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Robert Woodall
Jody Rasch
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Jody Rasch

Employees

Claire Smith
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Claire Smith Strategy Vegan entrepreneur and impact investor, with 35 years of experience in finance and investment and a focus on impact investing

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We have been working with Beyond Animal for quite some time now. Not only is it a pleasure on a personal level, but we are always astounded by the knowledge and network Beyond Animal brings to the table. We cannot recommend them highly enough.