FS6 Newsletter - September 2020
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.
Updates from Cohort 5:
Central Grazing Co just launched their newsletter, "News From the Prairie." See a preview here and sign up at the bottom of this webpage to have thought provoking inspiration, industry news, and recipes sent straight to your inbox.
FS6 Portfolio News
Featured Articles from the FS6 Portfolio:
PODCAST: FoodCrunch, Episode 15 - Mokhtar Alkhanshali, Port of Mokha (FoodCrunch, Featuring Port of Mokha)
This Catering Company has Donated 38,000 Meals that Would Have Fed Paying Tech Clients (Berkeleyside, Featuring Fare Resources)
New Startup Competition MilkLaunch Aims To Innovate New York’s Dairy Industry (Crunchbase, Featuring FS6 Founder Renske Lynde)
AgriDigital Launches New Product Globally (Farm Weekly, Featuring AgriDigital)
News & Events from the Ecosystem
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Narrative Strategist with Real Food, Real Stories
Real Food, Real Stories is looking to welcome a Narrative Strategist to their team! The Narrative Strategist will lead the collaborative development and advancement of an inspiring, inviting story that engages the Real Food, Real Stories community in cultivating a regenerative culture. Learn more about the role and RFRS here.
FUNDING: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2
From the National Young Farmers Coalition: Yesterday, the USDA released the application for the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (“CFAP2”). CFAP2 directly reflects the asks we made of Congress and USDA to create an aid program that better supports small, diversified, and direct-market growers. It’s a huge win for our coalition.
Thousands of young farmers who need support to keep their businesses running through the pandemic are now eligible for payments up to 10.6% of their 2019 revenue.
Check out the NYFC COVID Resource Library, linked above, for more information on how to apply.
WORKSHOP SERIES: How to Stay Healthy While Sheltering-In-Place
FS6 friend and partner, Le'ola Wellness, is offering a four-part workshop series for businesses trying to keep their employees healthy in the times of COVID.
This is such an interesting time to think about workplace wellness because the health of the work-from-home employee suddenly demands a lot more ownership from the individual. To show up as a productive cyber-team member, each person must also be successful at nourishing themselves, finding creative ways to exercise, and be actively supporting their immune system. All while juggling home responsibilities. It is a lot for anyone to manage!
This work-from-home emergency kit is a four-part workshop series to supports teams during these unusual times. The program covers:
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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.