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Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Food

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CIC Boston

50 Milk Street

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Calling all students and community members interested in entrepreneurship and food!

Thursday, November 15th from 6-8PM at Branchfood in downtown Boston, join us for a networking mixer and panel discussion with local food and food tech entrepreneurs who launched and grew their startups in Boston!

This event is an opportunity for students across Boston, as well as community members, to network and hear from entrepreneurs who leveraged the local ecosystem to build industry-transforming businesses. This event is free and open to the community. Light food and drinks will be provided.

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Panel Speakers:

Adam Behrens, PhD, CEO of Cambridge Crops, has spent his career developing and translating polymer-related technologies in the areas of agriculture, healthcare, and nutrition. Most recently, Adam was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Langer Lab at MIT, where he still retains affiliate status. Adam managed several projects including the scale up and clinical trial design/implementation of a nutrient stabilizing fortification technology. Adam was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland.

Luke Schlueter, Co-Founder + Lead Mechanical Engineer at Spyce Food Co., oversees the integration of all mechanical systems within the robotic kitchen. He works with partners to design and outsource larger components of the machine, while ensuring their feasibility within the robotic kitchen and restaurant. Luke graduated from MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016. When the chance to join Spyce arose, Luke thought it would be a great opportunity to build a very complicated machine with complete autonomy. Now, almost three years later, Luke, know as the "Spyce Handyman" has loved builidng the robot kitchen from the ground up.

Nadine Habayeb, Co-Founder + CEO of Bohana, Bohana is a nutritious popped water lily seed snack company. Bohana is the first brand to introduce this ancient Ayurvedic ingredient to the US market. Prior to Bohana, Nadine built her career in Brand Marketing, PR & Communications in the fields of Fashion and Hospitality between the Middle East, Europe and the US. She is an MBA graduate of IE Business School and extension fellow from Babson College - Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business. Nadine is currently expanding Bohana’s retail footprint and spreading their message of ‘Free Spirit Snacking’.

Micah Risk, Co-Founder + CPO at Lighter, Lighter's mission is to improve the Standard Amerian Diet and celebrate real food through brilliant technology. Micah is a graduate of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy where she earned an M.S. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition and specialized in Nutrition Interventions. Micah is also an ultramarathoner and a Runner's World cover model.

This Panel will be moderated by Lauren Abda:

Lauren Abda, Founder + CEO of Branchfood, the largest community of food entrepreneurs and startups in New England. Her work is focused on highlighting local, national, and international food initiatives through events and social media and also aggregates resources for food entrepreneurs to help their businesses launch and grow in Boston. Prior to Branchfood, she consulted for foodtech businesses in Boston and San Francisco, worked as an analyst for Salt Venture Partners LLC, a venture capital firm, focused on food startups, targeting content, commerce, and technology, and wrote reports on international food safety development initiatives on behalf of the Agriculture and Commodities division at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She has a Masters in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont.



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