Seth Bannon

Seth Bannon, Founding Partner at Fifty Years

Seth Bannon is a Founding Partner at Fifty Years, a San Francisco based seed fund that backs entrepreneurs solving the world’s biggest problems with technology. Seth has seeded many synthetic biology startups shaping the world for the better — from product companies like Memphis Meats (culturing meat to eat), Solugen (engineering enzymes to produce industrial chemicals sustainably), and Geltor (recombinantly making collagen and gelatin) to infrastructure companies like OpenTrons (pipetting robots), BioRender (easy scientific illustrations), and 64-x (recoded organisms). Fifty Years is the most active Silicon Valley investor in Cellular Agriculture, where food tech meets synthetic biology.

Seth is also the co-founder of, a community of entrepreneurs combining purpose with profit, and was previously the founder & CEO of startup Amicus. A graduate of Y Combinator, Seth was named twice to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurship.

Seth can occasionally be found in parks around the world attempting to hustle chess hustlers.