A Tasting Tour of the Outset Campus

From the Outset: Daisy Lab by Melissa Grey from DMG Digital Advertising

Outset campus Tour: A Unique Experience for Shareholders and LPs

Last week, Outset Ventures hosted an exclusive event for our shareholders and limited partners (LPs) at the Outset Campus. Offering them a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant world of deep tech innovation. The event, held on December 15th, was not just a regular meet-and-greet; it was a “Tasting Tour of the Outset’s Campus,” featuring several of our incubated and portfolio companies.

Outset Campus – A Hub of Innovation and Collaboration

Our campus, located in the heart of Parnell, Auckland, is more than just an office space; it’s a thriving hub where ideas meet execution. With over 4,500 square meters of space in Outset’s Campus, we provide a variety of facilities tailored to the needs of deep tech startups. From private laboratories, workshops and meeting rooms  to communal areas for networking, Outset’s campus is designed to support the entire lifecycle of innovation.

Perhaps the most vital aspect of our campus is the community it nurtures. Housing over 20 science- and engineering-based companies, Outset Ventures is a melting pot of seasoned founders, technical experts, and bright young minds. This community is not just about sharing a workspace; it’s about sharing knowledge, experiences, and support.

A Glimpse into the Future of Deep Tech

The event provided our investors with a rare chance to explore the Outset’s campus, a hub of cutting-edge technology and innovation. As they walked through the facility, they got an up-close look at some of the state-of-the-art labs and workspaces where groundbreaking ideas are turned into reality.

Meeting the Minds Behind the Innovation

One of the highlights of the evening was the opportunity for our shareholders and LPs to meet some of the founders of our portfolio companies. These interactions were more than just formal introductions; they were deep dives into the progress, challenges, and aspirations of these innovative ventures. Our investors engaged in meaningful conversations, asked insightful questions, and gained a deeper understanding of the companies they support.

Celebrating Progress and Potential

The event was also a celebration of the progress made by our portfolio companies. Some of our on-campus-founders shared their stories of growth, milestones achieved, and future plans. This exchange of ideas and experiences not only provided valuable insights to our investors but also fostered a sense of community and shared purpose.

A Heartfelt Thank You to Our Investors

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our investors who joined us for this event. Your support and belief in Outset Ventures and our portfolio companies are what drive us forward. Your investment is not just financial; it’s a vote of confidence in the potential of deep tech to change the world.

Interested in Becoming a Wholesale Investor?

For those inspired by the world of deep tech and interested in becoming a part of this exciting journey, we invite you to explore the possibility of becoming a wholesale investor with Outset Ventures. Our investor community is a crucial part of our ecosystem, providing the capital, guidance, and support needed to nurture the next generation of tech pioneers.

To learn more about wholesale investment opportunities and how you can contribute to the advancement of deep tech, please visit Outset Ventures for Investors.

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What inspired the creation of Daisy Lab?

“Daisy Lab is probably a product of frustration rather than inspiration. Both Nikki and I (Irina) were frustrated with the status quo in the dairy industry and saw precision fermentation as a better solution.”

What is precision fermentation?

“Precision fermentation involves giving microbes extra genetic instructions to produce desired compounds, such as dairy-identical proteins, in controlled conditions.”

What is Daisy Lab's main focus?

“Our focus is on making dairy-identical proteins without cows using microbes through precision fermentation.”

What were the initial challenges Daisy Lab faced?

“Early on, we faced challenges like securing contracts with universities, finding suitable students, and deciding on the best organisms for our research.”

What backgrounds do the founders of Daisy Lab come from?

“My background is in business consulting and bioinformatics, which, combined with Nikki’s qualifications and expertise in Molecular biology, Microbiology, Nanopore and Illumina sequencing – brings a diverse skill set to Daisy Lab.”

 

What makes developing dairy-identical proteins using microbes challenging?

“The challenges include selecting the right microbes, ensuring the genetic instructions are correctly incorporated, and overcoming protein processing limitations.”

How does Daisy Lab's technology compare to other alternatives in the market?

“While direct comparisons are challenging, we’ve made significant progress in scaling yields and developing a clean fermentation process that simplifies downstream processing.”

How does Daisy Lab ensure product quality and consistency?

“We replicate the same processes to ensure consistency, with our end-to-end processing showing consistent results.”

What is Daisy Lab's strategy for market integration?

“Our strategy involves education, collaboration, and showcasing our products’ environmental and ethical benefits to appeal to consumers and partners.”

How does Daisy Lab plan to scale up and expand its market reach?

“Scaling up is challenging, but we plan to leverage our novel qualities, such as reduced emissions and ethical production, to engage the market effectively.”

What is the anticipated timeline for Daisy Lab's market entry?

“We anticipate market entry through IP partnerships within 18 to 24 months, depending on our development progress and the establishment of a pilot plant.”

How has Outset Ventures supported Daisy Lab?

“Outset Ventures has been instrumental, especially in facilitating the expansion of our lab space, which significantly accelerated our R&D efforts.”

What makes Daisy Lab an attractive investment opportunity?

“Daisy Lab offers solid technology, a proven track record, capital efficiency, and significant market potential in sustainable food production.”

What are Daisy Lab's short-term and long-term objectives?

“In the short term, we’re focusing on product development and fundraising. Long-term, we aim to scale our technology for broader market distribution.”

How does Daisy Lab maintain a competitive edge?

“We maintain our edge by continuously innovating, focusing on capital efficiency, and quickly adapting to market and technological advancements.”

What has been the most rewarding experience for you at Daisy Lab?

“Reflecting on our journey and realizing the significant impact we’ve managed to achieve has been incredibly rewarding for me personally.”

What advice would you offer to aspiring entrepreneurs in tech or sustainability?

“My advice is to pursue your passion for the end goal. This passion will guide you through challenges and help you exceed expectations.”