Vine Ventures: Rethinking Venture Capital for a Novel Approach to Health & Wellness

Starting from first principles

  1. The Mental Health Pandemic: Staggeringly, approximately 20% of the global population suffers from some form of mental health issues, a figure that was exacerbated dramatically by COVID-19. Mental health ailments present a debilitating shadow pandemic that has swept the globe. Meanwhile, overwhelmingly positive evidence of efficacy in a range of therapeutic indications has emerged from an academic renaissance in psychedelic research over the last decade. Psychedelics are certainly not a silver bullet to curing all mental health ailments, but they are clearly going to be a relevant part of a solution. For anyone who has particiapated in a plant-medicine ceremony, it is obvious that something special occurs when one combines thoughtful intention and mindfulness with the catalytic moment that these anceint compounds provide.
  2. The Allegories of Cannabis: The door that cannabis opened, both from the perspective of regulators’ and that of society at large, will allow other plant-psychoactive compounds to liberalize more quickly. While classical psychedelics present fundamentally different experiences and safety issues, there are a range of lessons to be learned from the development of the modern cannabis industry.
  3. Conscious Health and Wellness: We note the synergistic crossover between novel modalities of health and wellnesss. Whether micro-dosing by bio-hackers, the proliferation of breath-work with hot-cold therapies put forth by Inward or social movements like “California Sober,” which count participants in the tens of millions — psychedelic culture has made a compelling resurgence into modern zeitgeist.
  4. Mission Driven Entrepreneurs: When I started looking at the space, I noticed that some of the best work over many decades has been lead by non-profits like MAPS and Usona (please donate to both, if you can). As we’ve accompanied the growth in venture investment in psychedelics, we’ve come across so many mission-driven entrepreneurs that work tirelessly to build a future where people around the world can have access to psychedelic therapies in a safe, affordable, thoughtful manner.

Industry Analysis

Figure 1: Mental map of the psychedelics value chain, for illustrative purposes only, no representations made by Vine Ventures
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Figure 4: For illustrative purposes. No representations made by Vine Ventures

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Founder of Dialectic (dialectic.ch) a family-office focused on alternative assets & Vine Ventures (vine.vc) a differentiated fund focused on psychedelics

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Ryan Zurrer

Ryan Zurrer

Founder of Dialectic (dialectic.ch) a family-office focused on alternative assets & Vine Ventures (vine.vc) a differentiated fund focused on psychedelics

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