The below is a reprint of Foodshed Investor Ryan Gaines’ social innovation newsletter:
This week’s letter is focused on interesting projects that I came across at the Food + Enterprise Conference this past weekend in Brooklyn. There are many more on their website and several also launched Barnraiser campaigns during the pitch competition on the last day. I hope you enjoy.
Brewing the American Dream: Samuel Adams co-founder, Jim Koch, started Brewing the American Dream to help small food, beverage, craft brewing, and hospitality businesses across the country by offering access to coaching and mentoring sessions with industry experts and working capital loans through Accion.
Lexicon of Sustainability (LOS):LOS uses photos, books, videos, pop-shows and speaking events to help people live more sustainably by educating them on the meaning of the key words used to describe sustainability. As part of Project Localize, they partnered with a high school gastronomy class (why didn’t my high school have this?) to create visually-stunning photos and narratives of local sustainability stories.
Food Oasis Project: Students for Service / Teens for Food Justice created a hydroponic farm in a Bed-Stuy classroom that teaches students about farming & healthy eating and distributes the produce to the local community. They are now looking to build commercial-scale farms on rooftops throughout New York City to help meet the nutrition needs of those most at-risk. Find out more and support their project on Barnraiser here.
Bernoulli Finance: Anjali Oberoi left her job in traditional finance to pursue her passion for chocolate and mission-driven organizations. She now leads Bernoulli Finance, a consulting firm for mission-driven food companies and organizations. At the conference, she gave an interesting talk on cash flow management for early stage companies. Let me know if this is something you need help with.
I’d love to hear more about your reactions to Food + Enterprise. If you would like to share your impressions at Food + Enterprise, please email me and I will gather some best for posting.