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.
FS6 Community News and Updates
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:
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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 the event recording and synopsis 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, pitch, and audience Q&A. Before we dive into the details, meet Cohort 5 (in order of appearance):
This episode of Dig-In is focused on learning more about the 5th Cohort of FS6 entrepreneurs - and diving into some of the issues that they are addressing through their innovations.
About the cohort:
Cohort 5 is largely focused on supporting the farmers, ranchers, producers, and do-ers that are the foundation of any sustainable food system. As part of this year's program, we are thinking more and more about the infrastructure necessary to implement and bolster sustainable solutions, and how to better take care of the employees that are on the ground running these businesses day-to-day. Read on to learn more.
FS6 is named a top accelerator program, CEO Caesaré Assad shares how technology can support our transition to the sixth food system, and Cohort 5's culminating forum event is almost here! Read on to learn how you can tune in to hear how these innovative entrepreneurs are transforming the food system.
Nina Meijers of Rabobank’s FoodBytes! and Claire Schlemme of Renewal Mill are joining us to talk about building 21st century food businesses. We’re talking to Nina and Claire side by side to understand how FoodBytes supports innovation and the opportunity for entrepreneurs. It’s a conversation on the diversity of ideas, technology, and products that characterize future food enterprises, the collaborations that enable innovation, and how the Covid crisis is accelerating the pace of change.
Amidst the challenges of Covid-19, FS6 is excited to welcome the expertise of three Entrepreneurs-in-Residence to the team- as well as celebrate FS6 CEO, Caesaré Assad, for being recognized for her passion and leadership in the world of food and agriculture.
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.