Meet our Cohort of 2020

Manish Pareek
Manish PareekVegan Leather
The company currently operates two divisions, first being the online marketplace, VegShoes.in that sell Vegan Shoes. The second is the research and development division that is working on creating better vegan leather that outperforms and outlasts the properties of real leather. Manish is using Biomimicry to replicate the cell-like structure found in animal leather and create Vegan Leather.

Location: Kolkata, West Bengal
Year of Founding: 2016

I believe that we have no right or need to exploit animals for our consumption. Commodities and consumables derived by exploiting animals are an evil that plagues our society today and must be eradicated by offering alternatives that taste better, outperforms, and outlast the animal-derived products. Ours is a humble but honest effort to rid the world of animal cruelty.

We are excited to work closely with the HEP team and benefit from the rich experience of the mentors to create a better world.

Ravali Amba
Ravali AmbaPrecision Fermentation based Alternative Seafood
At Brew51 Ravali wants to create a kinder, healthier and more sustainable world by replacing animals in our foods using plants and precision fermentation – starting with fish. The motivation for creating a fish alternative is that there is an animal welfare, human health and sustainability crisis with the ways in which fish are farmed, killed and eaten today.

Location: Bangalore
Year of Founding: 2020

Brew51 is a perfect marriage between my love for science and technology and my strong interest in ending animal cruelty.

HSI’s Humane Entrepreneurship program is a unique program that has a star-studded set of mentors, advisors, experts and investors from across the world. It is a rare opportunity for my company and me to leverage this incredible talent pool to help strengthen and grow my fledgling startup and help take it to the next level.

Kushal Aradhya
Kushal AradhyaPlant-based Meat & Spirulina Nutrition Bar
Naka Foods develops alternative foods with impact like microalgae-based and plant-based products. Their first product the 4 PM Bar (already on the market) is a convenient cereal bar made from super food Spirulina. Their second product is a plant-based chicken, currently under development.

Location: Mysuru
Year of Founding: 2016

We are working on replacing traditionally used food products with alternative foods that are natural, sustainable, uses minimal resources and brings less suffering to other animals.

I am excited about the Humane Entrepreneurship Program as it provides an amazing line up of mentors who are entrepreneurs achieving strides in their space, an opportunity to meet world renowned investors and the dedication of the HSI team in bringing great resources and people together in greatly contributing to the cruelty-free movement which is truly a collaborative movement.

Jasmine Bharucha
Jasmine BharuchaVegan & Plantbased Cheezes
Katharos currently offers 2 vegan cheeze products, Herbed Feta and Gooey Pizza. Both can be used for a variety of cooking purposes and are absolutely safe for children and pregnant mothers, as the main ingredient is nuts (almonds or cashew) without any add-ons.

Location: Mumbai, India
Year of Founding: 2019

Apart from the obvious benefits of hearing from experts about their experiences and learning about latest trends withing the structure of the Humane Entrepreneurship Program, I will also be able to grow my network in the Humane space and hopefully develop many more products which will be healthy, cruelty free, eco friendly and improve health of my customers.