As vegans, we all want to have the biggest impact we can for animals. For some this means leafleting, for others, donating to animal rights organizations, and for third, holding a sign and attending protests.
I will not go in depth, exploring the effect of all of these, as each of these means has its own contribution to the vegan movement. But one thing that for sure is driving veganism into going mainstream are the entrepreneurs, who are absolutely kicking ass by creating buzz, making an ‘unpopular’ thing not just popular, but ‘cool’ and desired by the masses!
Starting a successful business gives you the ability to live a lifestyle people aspire to.
It also gives you the ability to cut massive checks to effective organizations and causes.
And if it’s an innovative vegan business? Well then the business itself is probably saving hundreds of thousands of animals per year.
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Ethan doesn’t “hope” things change, he makes sure of it. And that’s what he’s doing as CEO of his company, Beyond Meat. Fooling meat-eaters left-and-right with the taste and texture that resembles a burger from a cow.
Investors include Leonardo Dicaprio, Biz Stone, Bill Gates, and TYSON FOODS.
Tyson Foods has abused more animals than almost anything that’s ever existed. Ethan got that company to invest in and work toward a vegan future.
Ethan is veganizing the meat industry! LOL!
Thank you, Ethan and everyone at Beyond Meat for everything you are doing to change the world for animals!
Dr. Uma Valeti
Dr. Uma Valeti is the person behind Memphis Meats, a startup backed by Bill Gates and Richard Branson.
The goal of Memphis Meats is “to change the way meat gets to your plate. We’re developing a way to produce real meat from animal cells, without the need to feed, breed and slaughter actual animals.”
Alexis Fox & Micah Risk
Micah, aside from being an inspiring entrepreneur, is a long-distance runner, and has been featured on the cover or Runner’s Magazine.
These women are a bomb ass duo.
They have set their sites on simplifying and streamlining meal planning and ingredients with technology at their company, Lighter. Affordable healthy meal planning will be effortless.
Josh Tetrick and Josh Balk
Hampton Creek Foods has a goal to help a MASSIVE number of animals.
The company has achieved so much success they were sued by Unilever, parent company of Hellman’s Mayonaise. The lawsuit claimed Hampton Creek couldn’t call their mayo “mayo,” since there’s no egg in it.
Unilever swiftly dropped the lawsuit, and then came out with their own vegan mayo.
Changing the game!
Hampton Creek is currently valued at over a billion dollars. And they also hold the designation as having the best caesar dressing in the history of mankind.
Florian & Shannon Radke
Florian and Shannon have been on Shark Tank, worked with companies like Nike and Heineken, advise up and coming silicon valley startups. And they just so happened to start the most amazing cinnamon roll chain in all of the world, Cinnaholic. And it’s 100% vegan.
John Lewis- AKA Bad Ass Vegan
He’s on a “mission to address diet-related diseases in underserved communities through education and offering plant-based solutions.”
He’s the king of motivation. And we love watching all that he’s doing with Vegan Smart, a plant-based protein shake company!
We love having this man as spokesperson for the cause. And we look forward to his influence over the world rising.
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart
We love when entrepreneurs go into industries and don’t just to try to fit in, but try to level up the entire game and stand out.
Vaute is making some big waves in the high-end fashion world. And they’re doing some amazing things with new cruelty-free materials.
Recently, Leanne opened up investment into her company as she aims to expand her wholesale business, allowing for her cruelty-free fashion line to be gobbled up by the masses.
Mr. Mackey is the founder and CEO of Whole Foods. And plain and simple, he’s saved a ton of animals.
You want to find a person to blame the abundance of vegan food readily available on? Blame it on this man.
We look up to him in a massive way for that, and for the overwhelming success he’s had as an entrepreneur.
He’s probably the highest level vegan activist we know of, essentially turning Whole Foods into somewhat of an incubator for fledgling plant-based food startups.
Our favorite quote of his in his New York Time bestselling book, Conscious Capitalism is:
“Decades from now we will no doubt look back on many practices that are commonplace today, such as treatment of livestock animals, in disbelief.”
Caroline Love he was Director of Corporate Partnerships and later promoted to VP of Mission at Hampton Creek Foods.
While at Hampton Creek she took them from an idea, to having their mayo, dressings, and cookies readily available nationwide at almost every notable grocery chain, including Whole Foods and Safeway.
She’s just recently stepped out on her own, as a consultant.
Tal Ronen is the founder and head chef of Crossroads Kitchen. Oprah calls him “the best vegan chef in America.”
Crossroads Kitchen is taking veganism to the upper echelon of our society. It’s celebrity as fuck up in that restaurant.
Constantin Le Fou
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Art is Constantin’s method of changing the world. He’s most notably become known for his “Vegan Club” project, where he brought massive celebrities, who are not known for being vegan, front-and-center as vegan advocates.
T.K. Pillan and Kevin Boylan
TK and Kevin are the co-founders of Veggie Grill
Veggie Grill is a restaurant chain based in LA that has quickly and dominantly taken over the west coast.
With a recent multi-million dollar influx of funding, they are now plotting their takeover of the rest of the country. With Chicago as their first target.
If you want someone to see how cool and delicious vegan is, you take them to Veggie Grill! And they are always amazed!
We’re excited for their future success with their new company, Powerplant Ventures, where they’re investing in and helping grow plant-based concepts into massive, successful brands.
He runs Pollution Studios, a creative studio in LA, where he produces and directs films, tv shows and music videos, hosts parties, and plots vegan world domination.
And if you run a vegan company or brand he will almost surely jump at the opportunity to work with you.
Jack and Suzy Welch
Suzy is the former Editor-In-Chief of Harvard Business Review, New York Times bestselling author, and currently serves as a Business Contributor on CNBC and NBC.
Jack is one of the most iconic executives in modern history, serving as CEO of GE from 1981 to 2001. During his time at GE, he grew the company 4,000%.
Together they’re an unstoppable force for vegan world domination. We’re not totally sure whether Jack is totally vegan or not. But we’re excited about everything they do.
Not only do they donate huge to the likes of Mercy For Animals and HSUS, and invest in plant-based companies like Memphis Meats. They’ve also hosted multiple fundraisers at their house to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Mercy For Animals.
Bill Maris and Tristan Prettyman
Tristan hit spot 24 on the Billboard 200 music charts as part of her ongoing career as a singer-songwriter.
She’s also now followed her passion into holistic health and integrative nutrition as a plant-based health coach. And we see her amazing food in our feeds all the time.
Bill is the founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, Google’s 3 billion dollar venture capital fund. And he was an early investor in Uber and Impossible Foods.
Recently Bill started a new venture capital fund, Section 32, where he invests in companies and inventors changing the way humans use technology and the way technology betters humanity.
Liz Dee and Nick Garin
Another power couple, to say the least.
Nick has a background in healthcare and managing data. And Liz is the Co-Owner and Executive Vice President of Smarties Candy Company. Yes, those smarties.
They teamed up to form Balene and Bjorn Capital, and they’re now also investing concepts like Memphis Meats, Purple Carrot, and Lighter.
Forbes 30 under 30, winner of Cupcake Wars on Food Network, 3 bestselling cookbooks, loads of tv appearances, and a new cookbook on the way.
And the animals are benefiting hugely from it. If you haven’t tried any of her recipes, you’re being weird! Stop that.
She’s clearly poised for further vegan world takeover, and we can’t wait to see what else she’s got up her sleeve.
Craig Cochran is straight up building a legit vegan restaurant empire based in NYC. He’s opened 3 locations of his quick-service restaurant, Terri.
But just recently Craig opened up a brand new high-end plant-based concept called, PS Kitchen. 100% of profits go to charitable causes Craig and his team believe in.
Every now and then there’s a story that particularly catches your attention. Dominick grew up in Chicago and was in a gang at 19.
He spent time in federal prison. And it was there he turned things around. He read over 30 books and gained a new outlook on life.
Now he’s a plant-based athlete and runs his own apparel line, Crazies and Weirdos. Dominick shows us what hard work and determination does.
Ashton and Denitsa
Ashton and Denitsa are trying to make a huge breakthrough for animals in a region of the world, where few voices for animals currently exist. They have launched a campaign to kick-start a much-needed change by eradicating barbaric traditions and saving millions of animals by educating mums and families, whilst also providing an alternative. To support their campaign, go here.