Nick Cooney

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Nick Cooney
Nick Cooney - Hidden Heroes Gala 2016.jpg
Alma materHofstra University (Non-Violence Studies)
OccupationManaging Partner at Lever VC
Notable work
How to be Great at Doing Good, Veganomics, Change Of Heart

Nick Cooney (born c. 1981) is a Managing Partner at Lever VC, an investment fund focused on alternative protein companies.[1]

He co-founded The Good Food Institute, and was co-founder and Managing Trustee of New Crop Capital.[2][3] He is the author of three books: Change of Heart (2010), Veganomics (2013), and How To Be Great At Doing Good (2015). He previously worked for non-profit organizations Mercy for Animals and Farm Sanctuary and was the founder of non-profit organization The Humane League.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Nick Cooney was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[5] Cooney received a bachelor's degree in Non-Violence Studies from Hofstra University in 2003 with a major in Non-Violence Studies.

Policy and Non-Profit Work[edit]

Nick Cooney previously served as coordinator and director of the Philadelphia-based group, Hugs for Puppies.[6],[7],[8]

In 2005, Nick Cooney founded The Humane League in Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that works to reduce the suffering of farm animals.[9] Cooney is one of several people who provided information used in the writing of the book Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism (2008) by Mark Hawthorne.

Since then, Nick Cooney's work promoting alternative proteins and animal protection has been featured in media outlets.[10][11] He has lectured internationally at conferences and campuses including Harvard,[12] Yale,[13] in Luxembourg,[14] and in Washington, D.C.[15]

Cooney previously worked as campaign coordinator at the non-profit Farm Sanctuary and as executive vice president at non-profit Mercy for Animals.

Work with The Good Food Institute and New Crop Capital[edit]

Nick Cooney is former board chairman and co-founder of The Good Food Institute.[16][17] He is also co-founder and former managing trustee of New Crop Capital, a private venture capital trust that invests in plant-based and cultured meat, dairy, and egg companies.[18] These two organizations collaborate to support the plant-based and cultured food companies.[19]

Work with Lever VC[edit]

Nick Cooney is founder and currently Managing Partner at Lever VC, a U.S.-Asian venture capital fund investing in early stage alternative protein companies.[20][21]


  • Cooney, Nick (2010-09-20). Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change. Lantern Books. ISBN 9781590562451.
  • Cooney, Nick (2013-11-22). Veganomics: The Surprising Science on Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom. Lantern Books. ISBN 9781590564288.
  • Cooney, Nick (2015-04-27). How To Be Great At Doing Good: Why Results Are What Count and How Smart Charity Can Change the World. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781119041719.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Plant protein startups vie to tap China's hungry market". Reuters. 2019-03-21. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  2. ^ "Bloomberg - Nick Cooney". Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  3. ^ Gunther, Marc (2016-04-06). "New Crop – the vegan venture fund fighting for animal rights". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  4. ^ "Nick Cooney - LinkedIn". 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  5. ^ Cooney, Nick (2007-09-05). "Activist Profile: Nick Cooney". Vegan Outreach.
  6. ^ JOURNAL, Heather Won TesorieroStaff Reporter of THE WALL STREET (2005-09-28). "Animal Activists Make It Personal Against Industry". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  7. ^ Smart, Gil. "Animal cruelty charges come home to roost". LancasterOnline. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  8. ^ "The Power Of Words In Action: An Interview With "Hugs For Puppies"". Faunalytics. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2020-01-20.
  9. ^ "The Humane League Linkedin". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2017-01-07. The Humane League is a 501(c)3 and Certified Best In America by the Independent Charities of America... Nick Cooney, Founder.
  10. ^ "This is how plant protein start-ups are tapping into China's hungry market". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  11. ^ Cooney, Nick (2014-10-23). "Can vegetarianism help to solve NFL's problems with violence?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  12. ^ "Legal Battles in the Food Industry: A Conversation with Nick Cooney from Farm Sanctuary". 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2017-01-10. Nick Cooney, founder of the Humane League and then employed by Farm Sanctuary (now working for Mercy for Animals), spoke about his involvement with activism and farm animals.
  13. ^ "Ivy League Vegan Conference". 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  14. ^ "Nick Cooney IARC Speaker Profile". 2013-09-12. His work for animals has been featured in hundreds of media outlets around the United States
  15. ^ "Taking Action for Animals Conference Has Something for Everyone". 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2017-01-10. Their impressive lineup of speakers this year includes Gene Baur, President of Farm Sanctuary; Nick Cooney, Director of Education for Mercy for Animals...
  16. ^ "Sentience Conference". Retrieved 2017-01-10. ...founder and Board Chair of The Humane League, Board Chair of The Good Food Institute, and Managing Trustee at New Crop Capital
  17. ^ Animal Charity Evaluators (November 2017). "The Good Food Institute Review". Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  18. ^ Gunther, Marc (2016-04-06). "New Crop – the vegan venture fund fighting for animal rights". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-10. Besides funding, Friedrich, Cooney and Kerr provide their portfolio companies with access to like-minded investors and to consumers who want to avoid meat
  19. ^ Byrd, Emily (March 6, 2017). "Plant-Based Power Couple". Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "Plant protein startups vie to tap China's hungry market". Reuters. 2019-03-21. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  21. ^ "LeverVC | Investing in the future of protein". Retrieved 2019-04-08.


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