Dutch Entrepreneur Peter Arensman on Agritech Investing, Future Food Fund, Food Supply Chains & more (#013)
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Peter Arensman is an experienced entrepreneur and investor in sustainable agriculture and food chains. He is a Founding Partner of the investment company People, Planet, Profit, and the venture capital investment firm, Future Food Fund.
Growing up on a farm in the Netherlands, Peter went on to study for a Masters in Business & Economics at the University of Rotterdam. Following his graduation, he took a job with he American global food firm, Cargill, but soon realized that working for a large corporation wasn’t for him, recognizing he was an entrepreneurial at heart. This led him to first found the IT company, Attecc BV, and then acquire the company, Signal. After eight years, he decided to sell both companies and ‘started again’ at the age of thirty-five, founding the financial professional subcontracting company BAS Consultancy.
In this episode, we discuss how, after reaching a certain level of financial success, Peter realized he gained no satisfaction from earning more and more money and instead found satisfaction in gaining more knowledge. Hence his return to University to study for his third Degree in Agricultural Engineering.
Peter then founded People, Planet, Profit, which was his first venture into responsible investment, and then later he went on to found the VC investment firm, Future Food Fund. In this episode, I discuss with Peter Future Food Fund’s portfolio approach, how they select their investments and you will hear some real-life examples of investments they have made.
A strong business development professional, Peter sits on the boards of several companies, is a Guest Lecturer at Wageningen University, and holds Masters Degrees in Business Economics, Financial Law, and Agricultural Engineering.
I really enjoyed this far-reaching discussion with Peter and hope you will too!
Show notes: https://sri360.com/podcast/peter-arensman
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