Kuli Kuli: Taking an Impact Food Venture to the Crowd

Phrases like “food startup with a social mission,” “a 20-something female CEO only a few years out of the Peace Corps” or “supplied by women farmers in West Africa” are likely to land your business plan in a traditional venture capitalist’s polite-rejection pile. But the same factors that initially turned off many VCs resonated with

‘Lean’ Startups Set Sights on Climate Change, Hunger, Empowerment

From Zipcar’s model of sharing transportation capacity to mobile apps coded by pre-teen and teen girls to help the homeless find food, “lean startups” are trying  to tackle the world’s biggest problems. “Lean experimentation” emphasizes the need to pivot quickly without attachment to previous iterations. Presenters at this month’s Lean Startup conference demonstrated how lean

SmartFish: Catching Gold in the Fish Market

The Japanese fisherman caught a goliath grouper and began to cry. That was when Hoyt Peckham knew things had to change. Peckham had been in the fishing industry for decades, fishing and advising fishing communities in Maine, the Caribbean, Mexico, Polynesia, and Southeast Asia. He had organized exchanges among Japanese, Hawaiian, and Mexican fishermen to

Seafood Startups Stress Sustainability

The $390 billion global seafood industry suffers from staggering levels of waste and opaque supply chains — presenting ample opportunities for entrepreneurs with more sustainable and efficient approaches. Many of those solutions will be on display next month at the finals of the Fish 2.0 business competition at Stanford University November 12 and 13. The

Impact Investors Fish for Deals to Save the Oceans

Investments in sustainable fisheries and ocean preservation ventures need to move from “uncoordinated innovation” to the “marketplace building” stage of development, with easy-to-understand and profitable models that can capitalize on growing interest from impact investors. That is the consensus of impact investors after a series of oceans-related panels and discussions at SOCAP13, the social capital markets

Impact Investors Fish for Deals to Save the Oceans

Investments in sustainable fisheries and ocean preservation ventures need to move from “uncoordinated innovation” to the “marketplace building” stage of development, with easy-to-understand and profitable models that can capitalize on growing interest from impact investors. That is the consensus of impact investors after a series of oceans-related panels and discussions at SOCAP13, the social capital

Do You Know Who Caught Your Fish? Direct Relationships Cut Seafood Fraud and Boost Fishing Income

When it comes to sustainable seafood, barcode identifiers and environmental certificates only go so far. The real key is genuine relationships with the people who hauled in the catch. From Alaska to Boston to San Francisco, conservationist Native Americans, nonprofit organizers, and seafood entrepreneurs are developing ways to safeguard consumers and empower fishing communities. The