Why We Invested:
Beyond our ice cream sampling—Founders Aylon and Thomas are a uniquely complementary pair, both food people at the core and uniquely qualified to create a more sustainable, responsible and humane food system leading with beloved plant-based dairy products. In the burgeoning plant-based protein space, we took to Eclipse’s underlying science that leverages familiar ingredients and a cleaner label, both of which are key in their efforts to bring consumers closer to the product.
About Eclipse
Year Founded
2018
Investment Theme
Better-for-you
Company Founders
Aylon Steinhart and Thomas Bowman
Year Invested
2020
Social
Headquarters
San Francisco
Eclipse Open Roles
Meet the Founders:
Aylon Steinhart and Thomas Bowman
Meet the Founders:
Aylon Steinhart and Thomas Bowman
Eclipse was co-founded by food scientists sharing a penchant for world-class cuisine and a firm commitment to more sustainable food systems. Co-founder and CEO Aylon Steinhart is an expert in the alternative protein industry. In his work at the Good Food Institute, Aylon incubated dozens of startups and advised investors and strategic partners on the protein alternative space. Aylon has co-founded two startups and has worked with companies such as Kraft Heinz, Nestle, and Kellogg’s. Co-Founder and CTO Thomas Bowman is a renowned chef, product developer, and food scientist. As the former Director of Product Development at JUST, Thomas created and scaled some of the best selling plant-based products in the market. Thomas has also chef’d or staged at a total of 16 Michelin star restaurants, was named Zagat 30 Under 30, and was twice nominated for the James Beard Rising Star Chef award.
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