• Fireside Chat With Product Partner of Spero Ventures

    General Assembly

    Please make sure you register this event on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-for-impact-fireside-chat-with-partner-of-spero-ventures-tickets-45114270999 Spero Ventures is $100 million fund investing in founders who are building a future that belongs to everyone with 3 focus areas: 1. Wellbeing 2. Work and Purpose 3. Human Connection In this interactive session, Ha Nguyen, Product Partner at Spero Ventures, will discuss how mission-driven, revolutionary entrepreneurs are upending the balance of power to bring more opportunity to more people. Agenda: 6:30–7:00pm Check-In and Happy Hour 7:00–7:15pm "Power of Purpose" Keynote talk 7:15pm-7:45pm Fireside Chat with Ha Nguyen & Lingling Chen 7:45pm - 8:15pm Q&A About our guest: Ha is a founding Partner of Spero Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm that supports founders building a future that belongs to everyone. As a member of a 5 person investment team (4 of whom are women), Ha invests in early stage, purpose-driven, for-profit startups. Ha also coaches CEOs and advises on product and design, and leads the firm's marketing & network efforts to build brand awareness and expand the network. Ha sits on the advisory boards of several startups, and frequently gives talks around the globe on how to build products that customers love. Ha believes strongly in building community, and is a member of the Executive steering committee of Women In Product and co-founded the Product Leader Summit. Ha previously was the VP Product/CPO at several early and mid-stage startups including Stella & Dot, Betfair, Keaton Row and Oodle. She started her early product career at eBay during a period of hyper-growth. Ha received her MBA from Harvard and BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Food Waste & The Future of Eating (Panel + Film)

    General Assembly

    In honor of Earth Day, we're hosting a sustainable food talk. 40% of food produced in the US never gets eaten. The food industry continues to be shaken up at an unprecedented speed. Transparency, clean label, plant-based food, and ending food waste are some of the hottest buzzwords when it comes to predicting the future of food. Innovators are now finding ways to utilize, intercept and redistribute food that would have otherwise gone to waste. In this fireside chat moderated by Imperfect Produce, experts will share their insight, perspective, and journey in the tech and food industry. You'll hear about the future of technology in this industry and learn about how you can play a part in mitigating food waste. Following the discussion, we'll be screening Anthony Bourdain's Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. The trailer can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcVNFJn7NgI Agenda: 6:00pm-6:20pm - Check-in 6:20pm-7:00pm - Panel discussion and Q&A 7:00pm-8:30pm - Screening

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  • A Taste of Innovation: Sustainability-Driven Food

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    Please kindly RSVP the meetup through Eventbrite as well. The proceeds will be used to cover logistics and operations fees. Thank you so much! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-taste-of-innovation-sustainability-driven-food-tickets-39383276440 We are collaborating with Plug and Play, one of the world's largest technology accelerator to bring a start-up showcase series! We give the stage to innovative teams and rising entrepreneurship stars to present their latest achievements and momentums. This is EXCITING! The Theme of our next session is Sustainability-Driven Food, and we are going to showcase a few startups that using new ingredients or technologies that shape the future of the food ecosystem for sustainability. Keynote Speaker: Deborah Walliser, CEO & Founder of Got Produce (http://www.gotproduce.us/), it is an advanced greenhouse system that reduces the amount of water, land, and energy required to grow fresh fruits and vegetables by using hydroponic methods in a distributed production model. Innovation Showcase Startups: Hamama Grow Your Own Microgreens https://www.hamama.cc/ IGZU LIFE World's First Bamboo Leaf Tea http://igzulife.com/ Phenoh Better hydration beverage http://www.phenoh.com/ Ladera Foods https://laderafoods.com/ We are still looking for 1 more startups to join the showcase. Please email me at [masked] if you are interested in showcasing what you are working on!

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  • Future of Food: UNWASTED

    KITCHENTOWN Learning Lab

    Please register the event on Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/future-of-food-unwasted-tickets-38436402314?mc_eid=0e0dd8e0eb&mc_cid=1809b0d845 use OSC2FIC to get 25% off! Join our community partner OSC2 group for inspiring conversations with visionary leaders from the modern food movement as they share the evolution of their climate beneficial businesses. Speakers include Mathieu Senard (Alter Eco), Patrick Wyman (Whole Foods), Amy Kirtland (KeHE), and Daniel Kurzrock (ReGrained). We’ll hear personal stories of struggle and perseverance around utilizing biodegradable and/or highly recyclable, non-petroleum-based packaging, and reducing food waste by addressing upstream and downstream by-product utilization. SPEAKERS: • Amy Kirtland, Senior Vice President Natural Channel, KeHE (http://www.kehe.com/) • Daniel Kurzrock, CoFounder & CEO, ReGrained (https://www.regrained.com/) • Mathieu Senard, CoFounder & CEO, Alter Eco (http://www.alterecofoods.com/) • Patrick Wyman - Local Purchasing Coordinator, Whole Foods (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/)NorCal/Reno • Lara Dickinson, Co-Founder & Executive Director of OSC2 & Founder Pluot Consulting

  • Zero-Net Food Waste in Silicon Valley

    TechCode

    Most people in the Valley don't realize how much food they throw away every day — from uneaten leftovers to spoiled produce. About 95 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities. In 2014, we disposed of more than 38 million tons of food waste. Are Meal Kits such as Blue Apron and Hello Fresh the solution? Will Smart Fridges move the needle of conscious consumption? Can technology provide solutions to personal habits and deeper cultural issues surrounding food and feeding your family? Join us for an enlightening evening featuring a discussion about how we can make our regular fridge “smart” to help you save food, time and money. Speakers: Russell Jong: Chef Instructor at Sur La Table, California Culinary Academy graduate; owner of Palo Alto Digital Design, print collateral and software applications development consultancy. Sanchit Joshi: Co-Founder and COO of Ecobots (https://www.ecobots.co/), a smart refrigerator device company, international award winner for smart homes (U.S. DOE). Agenda: • Identify where and how food gets wasted in our daily lives • Discussion about how we can make our regular fridge “smart” to help you save food, time and money • Demonstration on comparing a two-person meal kit (one will be selected from either Blue Apron, Munchery, or Green Chef) to shopping on your own and maintaining a well-stocked pantry

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  • Webinar: Where Does Our Food Packaging Go?

    This webinar is hosted by our community partner OSC2. Please do register the event on Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/osc2-packaging-collaborative-webinar-where-does-our-packaging-go-tickets-37823373729). Use OSC2FIC to get $5 off! Join us for an engaging webinar, which will highlight current composting infrastructure and how it poses barriers and opportunities for environmentally friendly packaging. This panel will showcase some of the significant limitations to the recovery of compostable packaging today, including lack of residential access and waste handlers not wanting to accept this new form of packaging. We will, however, also discuss some of the criteria for required to overcome these hurdles. OSC2 companies can play a pivotal role in shaping programs for collection and processing but need to first understand the current issues. How do Organic agriculture rules impact what a composter can accept, and what can natural foods companies do to help change this? What types of packaging applications make sense for composting, and how can the value proposition be improved? Speakers: Reyna Bryan | Elk Packaging Kate Davenport | Co-President, Eureka Recycling Tim Dewey-Mattia | Public Education Manager, Napa Recycling & Waste Services Jake Duame | SET Nora Goldstein | Editor, Biocycle

  • Climate-Smart Prime Rib Beef Dinner in the Farm

    Residence Inn Downtown Sacramento

    This event is part of the International Food Blogger conference (https://www.zephyradventures.com/2017-conference-registrations/international-food-blogger-conference-registration-2016-2/). Please contact Trista [masked] for your free pass and promotion code! Fun event alert! Join our community partner Mootral (http://www.mootral.com/) for the ultimate farm-to-fork experience: We are excited to pamper you with a world-first, premium dinner featuring climate-smart, dry-aged and slow-roasted prime rib beef raised, processed and prepared at UC Davis. Our adventure begins with a tour of the beef farm where you will learn about Mootral, an all-natural feed supplement that promotes healthier and happier cows and you will see it in action. Upon arrival to UC Davis, you will be greeted by one of the leading scientists in sustainable agriculture, Professor Ermias Kebreab and feedlot manager, Don Harper. Ermias will provide an insiders education and look into the different activities to achieve sustainable livestock agriculture. Following the tour, dinner will be served! With bellies full, a special Mootral swag bag will be presented to guests to remember the experience. Note: We love cows. As such, we need to ensure their safety when we have large groups visiting them in their home. We ask that participants confirm and sign a waiver that states they have not been outside of the continental United States within the 7 days prior to this excursion, as a safety precaution for the beef farm. The tour will start from Residence Inn Downtown Sacramento. Participants will be picked up there.

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  • Fireside Chat with Brian Frank, General Partner @FTW Ventures

    KITCHENTOWN Learning Lab

    Please register at our Eventbrite Page here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fireside-chat-with-brian-frank-ftw-ventures-tickets-37592739897). We charge a small amount to cover event logistics, snacks, and beverages. We are super excited to bring this fireside chat with food & tech investor Brian Frank together with KITCHENTOWN Learning Lab. (http://www.kitchentowncentral.com/) Brian Frank is the Founder and General Partner at Food for Thought Worldwide (FTW) Ventures (http://www.ftw.vc/), an early-stage venture fund investing in breakthrough hardware, software and biotech solutions for the massive, worldwide Food System. believe in feeding people better by leveraging responsible science & technology to improve the quality, access, and enjoyment of food. Brian has invested in high-growth startups including Square Roots, Spoiler Alert, Nomiku, Proper Foods & Geltor. In addition to providing support to the teams mentioned, Brian serves as an advisor to Teforia, Philz Coffee and Dishcraft Robotics and he acts as a mentor for companies in his extensive investor and accelerator network, at places such as Lemnos Labs, indie.bio, HAX, Food-X and Highway1. In this interactive session, we will discuss with Brian on how transitioned from a product expert from technology companies to a food investor, where he sees the food and tech industry going, and his advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. [AGENDA] 6:30PM - 6:50PM Check in 6:50PM - 7:00PM Introduction 7:00PM - 7:40PM Fireside chat with Brian Frank 7:40PM - 8:10PM Open Q&A 8:10PM - 8:30PM Networking Big thanks to our co-host and location sponsor KITCHENTOWN. KITCHENTOWN offers founders of food start-ups production space, equipment, and the opportunity to interact with a community of like-minded peers, industry experts, and investors to help scale their businesses.

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  • Food Innovation Showcase: Robotics & Automation

    Plug and Play Tech Center

    Please make you sure you register via our Eventbrite page here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-innovation-showcase-automation-robotics-tickets-36834895163) as well. We are collaborating with Plug and Play, one of the world's largest technology accelerator to bring a start-up showcase series! Every month, we give the stage to innovative teams and rising entrepreneurship stars to present their latest achievements and momentums. This is EXCITING. The theme of August is Robotics & Automation. Let's explore together how robotics and automation will change the food industry and how technology will bring efficiency to the supply chain. You will have the opportunity to network with VCs, startups and corporate innovation teams too! A few selected startups: Chowbotics (http://www.chowbotics.com/): Robots for food service Nourish (http://www.nourish.ai/): Intelligent robotic systems that cook, package, and serve awesome food Bite (https://getabite.co/): Self-ordering touchscreen kiosks for quick service restaurants Teabot (http://www.teabot.com): Self-serve personalized tea kiosk

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  • Business for Good Workshop: How Brands Can Create Movements

    This is a free workshop we are hosting at General Assembly, please make sure you also register HERE (https://generalassemb.ly/education/business-for-impact-how-brands-can-create-movements/san-francisco/40419). Our last workshop drew 100+ attendee so you don't want to miss this opportunity to network with other mission-driven food innovators! Brands are navigating through an era of constant changes from digital revolution to political uncertainty. There is a fundamental shift in preference towards well-being, authenticity, and social impact. Brands need to stand for a higher purpose to enhance the market recognition, build loyalty and drive for the good changes. Good brands know they need to unite their consumers to work towards the better world they are envisioning. In this interactive session, we are bringing you some creative marketers and thinkers who are behind share with you the strategy and marketing tactics to find the brand purpose, and build the community and create a movement that goes beyond the products and services. AGENDA: 6:30–7:00pm: Check-In and Happy Hour 7:00–7:50pm: Expert Panel 7:50–8:20pm: Q&A 8:20 & after — Wrap-up and Networking