FOUNDER & CEO, BETA HATCH
Virginia Emery is founder and CEO of Beta Hatch, a pioneer in industrial insect farming. She has quickly grown to be the country’s most innovative insect entrepreneur. Over the past decade she has worked on projects ranging from developing new controls for the Zika mosquito in Florida, to digging up bullet ant nests in Costa Rica. Virginia has a PhD in entomology from UC Berkeley and has had a decorated and diverse career in insects; she has been awarded over 20 grants and honors, publishing in chemical communication, genetics, and insect behavior. Beta Hatch was born from a life’s mission to see insects reach their full potential in our food chain, naturally feeding the birds and fish that need these sustainable nutrients.
Outside of bugs, Virginia is a passionate outdoors person, enjoying skiing, cycling, hiking, white water rafting, and climbing. The name Beta Hatch is actually from a climbing word- beta is the secret intel that gets you to the top of a hard climb. Or, in the case of our business, the secret intel that will hatch our next generation of food.