Nick Cooney

Nick Cooney

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Nick Cooney is the author of How To Be Great At Doing Good: Why Results Are What Count and How Smart Charity Can Change The World; Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change; and Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom. Nick’s work in the philanthropy, food and food policy space has been covered by hundreds of media outlets worldwide, including Bloomberg, Yahoo, Wall Street Journal, Time, Reuters, USA Today, and numerous others. He has lectured on the space extensively, including throughout Europe and in the United States at places such as Harvard, Yale, Google, and Craigslist. Nick Cooney founded and is currently the Managing Parter at Lever VC (, a U.S.-Hong Kong venture capital fund that makes early stage investments in alternative protein food companies. Lever VC operates globally with staff and offices in Hong Kong S.A.R., the United States, Israel, and Europe. Prior to founding Lever VC, Nick was the co-founder and managing trustee of New Crop Capital, a private venture capital trust making investments in the alternative protein space. Nick is also co-founder of several non-profits working in the alternative protein sector, including the Good Food Institute, the largest NGO operating in the sector, with over sixty staff in key markets globally. Nick grew up in Philadelphia, and currently splits his time between the greater New York City area and China/Hong Kong S.A.R. Nick’s work websites are at and at . You can also see more about Nick at the following social media pages and links:
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