A veggie cheeseburger startup that Google tried to buy just raised $108 million


Impossible Foods cheesburger

Impossible Foods

Impossible Foods cheeseburger

Impossible Foods, a startup that wants to make veggie burgers and vegan cheeses, just raised a whopping $108 million round of funding, TechCrunch reports.


The startup is working to develop a plant-based cheeseburger.

Impossible Foods' goal is to make a burger that looks like a ground beef burger with cheese, and tastes like one, but is made out of plants instead of meat.

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Impossible Foods is just one of several startups trying to reimagine the traditional burger with more affordable and sustainable plant-based alternatives.

Beyond Meat, which also sells a chicken substitute, is funded by Bill Gates and Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone. Brooklyn-based startup Modern Meadow grows fish, poultry, meat and leather in its labs from muscle cells.


Google reportedly made a bid to acquire for Impossible Foods, though it never came to fruition. Google offered between $200 million and $300 million, according to a report, but the two companies couldn't agree on a selling price.

Impossible Foods founder Dr. Patrick Brown, a former biochemistry professor at Stanford, previously founded a startup called Kite Hill, which uses almond milk and macadamia milk to create vegan artisan cheeses.

Previously, Impossible Foods reportedly raised $74 million in funding from Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures, and Google exec Tony Fadell. The new funding comes from a number of investors including Khosla, UBS, Viking Global Investors, Gates, and Horizons Ventures.