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Greg Sewitz (Co-Founder, Co-CEO)

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Exo – Normalizing the consumption of insects

Founded in 2014
6 employees
Funding $5.2M / 2 rounds

Exo is normalizing the consumption of insects via their first product: protein bars made with cricket flour. Exo bars were conceived by the three-Michelin-star chef Kyle Connaughton of the The Fat Duck in England, and are made with all natural ingredients. All bars are free of gluten, soy, dairy, refined sugars and preservatives, and crickets provide a comlete source of protein that also has a much lower environmental impact as crickets produce 100x less greenhouse gasses than cows. The founders, Gabi Lewis and Greg Sewitz, founded the company in 2014 in their dorm room at Brown University after noticing the lack of an introductory vehicle for insects in the US. Fast forward to now, and they’ve raised $6M in funding, launched five flavors, been stocked in major retailers across the country and attracted supporters like Nas, Tim Ferriss, Amelia Boone and more.

This article was published in “the Hundert Vol. 9 – Startups of New York“, December 2016.