Last week, Food System 6 was joined by two experts from our community of mentors - Peter Herz (1st Course Capital) and David Guendelman (Do Good CFO) - to discuss best practices for financial hygiene and investment preparedness. Below is a list of tips, tricks, and best practices from the conversation, as well as the full event recording.
On Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021, Food System 6 brought together a group of industry leaders to talk about the importance of mental health and well being for entrepreneurs. Below is a summary of the conversation and some key takeaways for anyone looking to prioritize their own health, the well being of their teams, and the longevity of their success. Scroll to the bottom to watch the full event recording.
2020 was a year for the books. With the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, FS6 has come out on the other side revitalized, emboldened, and inspired by the work of our team, our entrepreneurs, and the ecosystem of supporters that rallied to build bridges, community, and resilience in a tumultuous year. Read on to learn more about what FS6 has been working on over the past 12 months:
A list of resources highlighting some of the many opportunities available for funding your food and farm business through the USDA.
*Food System 6 was featured in the November 2020 edition of Food & Drink Magazine
The impact-focused startup accelerator, Food System 6 (FS6), is announcing the eight early-stage companies from around the world selected to participate in their new Circular Economy program, launched in partnership with global sustainable packaging solutions leader, Huhtamaki. The purpose of the Huhtamaki Circular Economy Start-up Program by Food System 6 is to accelerate the development of young and promising companies working to deliver innovative sustainable solutions in areas such as waste management, sustainable packaging alternatives, new materials innovation, and regenerative production models
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After an inspiring month of learning alongside our most recent cohort, we are excited to celebrate the completion of the Huhtamaki Circular Economy Startup Program by FS6 and welcome these eight innovators into the broader Food System 6 ecosystem!
Eight start-ups have been selected to receive mentorship, and up to $300,000 in grants to develop innovative circular economy solutions
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San Francisco, October 19th, 2020 - Today, the impact-focused startup accelerator, Food System 6 (FS6), is announcing the eight early-stage companies from around the world selected to participate in their new Circular Economy program, launched in partnership with global sustainable packaging solutions leader, Huhtamaki. The purpose of the Huhtamaki Circular Economy Start-up Program by Food System 6 is to accelerate the development of young and promising companies working to deliver innovative sustainable solutions in areas such as waste management, sustainable packaging alternatives, new materials innovation, and regenerative production models.
Originally a city girl, a lawyer by training, now a proud farmer, Emma Weston CEO and Co-Founder of AgriDigital, is the consummate entrepreneur. She co-founded AgriDigital to use technology to ensure greater transparency and profitability across grain supply chains. We’re talking about the winners --and losers--from a shift to shorter and transparent supply chains.
Emma’s response to who is asking for transparency? Everyone. In a globalized food system that has divorced us from the source of our food, verifiable data enables farmers to shift from price takers to value creators, allows consumers to buy with confidence--and implicates every step of the supply chain in between. By looking at trends in agtech over the past centuries, Emma charts a vision for the future of agtech innovation.
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Last week Monday, FS6 held our Cohort 5 culminating event as part of the Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum. For those of you who weren't able to join us, you can find a link to the event synopsis and recording below!
During the 2-hr event, FS6 was proud to showcase the incredible work of our six Cohort 5 companies - featuring a short storytelling video from each, followed by a pitch, and audience Q&A.
In other FS6 news, our fearless leader and CEO, Caesaré Assad, was officially selected as one of the top 20 Emerging Leaders in Food & Ag! We are incredibly proud of her and all of the work she has done over the years to make this world a more just, healthy, and sustainable one for all.
2020, despite all the hardship, has had its moments of brightness.
Over the 8 weeks of application outreach and selection for the upcoming Huhtamaki Circular Economy Startup Program by FS6, we heard from an expansive group of innovators from around the world and across many sectors of the circular economy. Applications came in from 51 countries and ranged from small-scale big-impact regional solutions to large-scale global innovations.
These solutions represented many of the leaders of our present and future food system and, as such, provided an incredible opportunity for learning and a preview into what may come next in the evolution of the circular economy.
Here are some insights that we have gathered through this process about what is happening around the world to usher in a more sustainable and circular future for our planet and its inhabitants:
FS6 is a nonprofit based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is to support impact-driven entrepreneurs as they transform how we grow, produce, and distribute food. The organization runs a comprehensive accelerator program that mentors entrepreneurs by coaching them through a wide range of business and organizational needs. FS6 also works to educate stakeholders on the unique capital needs as it relates to redefining the food system.