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 Community News and Updates
The Chef Ann Foundation has been staying busy through school shutdowns and working hard to showcase those feeding families from our school cafeterias - including former private chef Mihoko Obunai who took her culinary skills to the schoolhouse.
Check out their multimedia series, Hero Highlights, to hear more of these stories.
Check out this Food Talk podcast to learn more about the work the Center for Good Food Purchasing is doing to support sustainable food purchasing at institutions (like the Escondido School District). In it they talk about the impact large institutions and their purchasing power has on the entire food chain and how institutional policy changes can benefit entire communities.
Equitable Food Initiative recently celebrated 5 years of helping businesses promote safe labor practices for employees.
Some recently certified operations include:
- Homegrown Organic Farms
- California Organic Stone Fruit Operation
- Promotora Agricola El Toro
In addition to the these new certifications, amidst the upheaval surrounding Covid-19, EFI has promoted Kenton Harmer to Managing Director. Congratulations Kenton!
FluroSat's Anastasia Volkova was just named one of MIT's 35 under 35! (More on that here.) All of this while rolling out a new research collaboration with ISU and doubling down on FluroSat's sustainability efforts.
Interested in learning more about how artificial intelligence is transforming agriculture? Read this Analytics Insight article, featuring FluroSat.
Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, FoodCorps members have continued to keep students learning about food, provided hands-on-help, and promoted food sovereignty in their communities through school gardens.
To learn more, take a listen to this FoodTank podcast episode discussing the importance of nutritious school meals and access to healthy food.
Grocery delivery company MilkRun has been seeing an unprecedented boom in the wake of Covid-19. Prior to the outbreak hitting their home-state of Oregon, they were making about 175 home deliveries each week. Now they are doing 2,000 in the same time period! To hear more about this experience, check out this OBP podcast episode featuring founder and CEO, Julia Niiro. Needless to say, they’ve been getting some attention - being named one of e.venture’s top seed companies to watch and getting a great feature in Bloomberg Businessweek.
Oh, and in the midst of it all, they launched their expansion to the Seattle Area!
Exciting news for FS6 Cohort 1 company, PastureMap! They recently announced their acquisition by SoilWorks Natural Capital, a public benefit corporation that invests in, incubates, and acquires companies to help accelerate environmentally critical regenerative practices. Founder Christine Su recently joined the FS6 team as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and has provided mentorship to our portfolio members in the meat sector for three months!
Mokhtar Alkhanshali founded Port of Mokha to elevate the underrepresented Yemeni coffee sector through technical instruction and improve the lives of Yemeni people. You can now find Port of Mokha coffee around the world, like in this community-focused coffee shop in Kuwait.
Listen to more of Mokhtar's story in Episode 10 of the Finding Humanity Podcast
Renewal Mill has just launched a new product, in collaboration with Tia Lupita - the first ever upcycled tortilla (plus it’s grain-free)! And, in case you missed it, their gluten-free brownie mix is perfect for people who love a crispy but gooey edge.
Entrepreneurship is all about teamwork, and Renewal Mill has got a powerful duo guiding the ship - as they work together to fight climate change with their line of upcycled Okara flour products. You can learn more about Renewal Mill's COO, Caroline Cotto, in this great interview.
Facing disruption across the food supply chain, Founder of Valley Verde, Raul Lozano, teamed up with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition to deliver vegetable seedlings to families in need across the San Jose area - promoting food sovereignty at no cost to the environment!
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.
Learn more about our program offerings and how to apply here.