This post was written by Brianna Cameron, GFI's Business Analyst.
To state the obvious: Starting a company is hard, and it’s nearly impossible to do on your own. Peer support, collaboration, and networking are essential components of entrepreneurial success. That’s why the Good Food Institute is launching GFIdeas— a community for forward-thinking entrepreneurs who are using technology to transform our food system away from factory farming and toward a healthy, humane, and sustainable future. Launching today, GFIdeas will provide entrepreneurs who are developing clean food technology or plant-based alternatives to animal products the opportunity to connect with each other via a Slack team and monthly calls.
In the GFIdeas community, we welcome questions, tips, resources, and any discourse around founding and running a startup that is replacing conventionally produced animal products with plant-based or clean food tech. All entrepreneurs currently pursuing or interested in pursuing companies that produce or sell plant-based or clean alternatives to animal products are welcome to join. Entrepreneurs creating technologies with applications for these products are also encouraged to join.
As with all of GFI’s support, joining the GFIdeas community is totally free. All that we ask is that entrepreneurs come in with a willingness to engage and with the intention of helping others in addition to helping themselves. We intend to foster a collaborative culture that will help advance the entire plant-based and clean market sector.
If you would like to join the GFIdeas community, either as a participant in the monthly calls or as a Slack team member (or both), please start by filling out the Entrepreneur Interest Form on the GFI website. The information in this form will help GFI to understand your project and how we can help you succeed. After filling out the form, you can expect to receive a Slack team invite and/or meeting invite for the monthly calls within one week.
For questions about the GFIdeas community or the entrepreneurial support that GFI provides, please contact me – GFI’s Business Analyst, Brianna Cameron, at BriannaC@gfi.org.