Creating Social Value Blog / Tag: Food Entrepreneurship

Seventh Babson Food Day

Quite a lot has changed since Food Sol launched six years ago – both across the food industry (from field to fork it’s been interrupted and redesigned) as well as in food education (who teaches what and to whom). When we started, annual events that celebrated farming, food, access, sustainability, justice, animal welfare, and culture…

Rachel Greenberger

Teaching Food Entrepreneurship

The Class of 2017 had more food-focused students than I’d yet seen in 6 years at Babson. This sudden uptick fueled my desire to teach them and boosted my confidence that if I offered a course in food entrepreneurship, it might have a shot at running. Run it did. Last September, twenty-five MBAs signed up…

Rachel Greenberger

Summer Fancy Food Show 2017

As we have for the past three years, next week Food Sol will bring a cohort of Babson MBAs to the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York, the largest specialty food industry trade show in North America. Through our relationships at Specialty Food Association (organizers and hosts of the Show), we are able to…

Rachel Greenberger

Cooking Lessons: Christina Wang

As in cooking, entrepreneurship starts with a vision. Someone gives you a recipe (which you may or may not follow), and you begin collecting ingredients. Some you already have. Others you have to go out and find. Then you observe, experiment, practice, improvise, manage and, eventually you hope, create. Cooking Lessons is a new small-bite…

Future Food: Urban Ag + Ag Tech

Next Wednesday, Food Sol will host a panel discussion on urban agriculture and agricultural technology. It would take some time to list all the reasons why this is important. Suffice it to say that agricultural innovation, under which both topics lie, influences technology, healthcare, construction and infrastructure, city planning and policy, renewables and sustainability, industrial…

How Food Sol’s Community Table Brought My Product to Life

By Nadine Habayeb M’16. I came to Babson as an exchange student as part of the MBA program from my home University of IE Business School in Madrid. My partner and I had been developing a food business idea of launching a healthy popped seed snack. The popped seed, which is native to India, had…

Come to the Table

Everything has changed: What we know, what we think we know, how we ingest content, the tools we pick up and use (often compulsively). The landscape for learning is a kaleidoscope ceaselessly in motion. In this sea of data and discourse, Food Sol steadies itself by insisting upon two things: relationships and showing up in-person.…

Rachel Greenberger

Being Present

“Do you know how rare it is to see a group of people so intently present and attentive to what’s important to them?” So said co-founder and CEO of Sir Kensington’s Scott Norton in an email to me about his experience participating in last month’s sixth Babson Food Day. As I wrote earlier this fall…

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Viet Nam’s Donkey Bakery Takes Open Hiring to a New Level

By Katie Smith Milway, Sr. Fellow in Social Innovation and Partner at The Bridgespan Group. She co-authored the study “Hidden Talent: How Smart Companies Are Tapping Into Unemployed Youth,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, September 2016. Cong, 21, wears his chef’s hat pulled snug on his brow as he carefully measures butter for a batter that…

Pitching at the Quick Service Incubator

By Tabitha Das, M’16 and Founder of Sattva Market. Ever since I can remember I wanted to open a restaurant. It has been a childhood fantasy of mine to one day open the doors to a space filled with food enthusiasts where I would entertain for hours. Any moment I had I would spend in…