Mycel, a South Korea-based startup making fungal-based biomaterials to replace leather and meat has raised $10 million in its Series A funding round.

  • The fund will be used to open a production plant in South Korea to scale its manufacturing of fungal-based biomaterials and hire more employees.
  • Mycel is a manufacturing startup that uses a root-like structure of mushroom to make leather substitutes usable for car seats and luxury cosmetic products.
  • The startup also develops a fungi-based biomaterial that can be used as an alternative protein as a disruptive innovation in the meat sector.
  • Korea Development Bank, Industrial Bank of Korea, Hyundai Motor's Zero 1 Fund, Stone Bridge, We Ventures, and Spring Camp invested in the round.