• Our Mission

    While the amount of “smart” impact investment capital is increasing rapidly, global access to that capital is not. For that to change, low-cost, high-impact investment models and talent are needed to push money and business resources out to areas where they are needed most. Developing and testing such solutions are the core mission of the Kirchner Food Fellowship.

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    SUSTAINABILTY

    The Kirchner Food Fellowship is an opportunity for an elite group of student leaders to be engaged in investment decisions on agriculture-oriented businesses with ground-breaking technologies which can provide long-term sustainable solutions


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    FOOD SECURITY

    The Kirchner Food Fellowship Program is designed specifically for identifying and training the next generation of capital allocators capable of understanding and investing effectively in the early-stage innovations that can transform the way we feed the planet.


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    Leadership

    At the university level excellent progress has been made in identifying promising technologies; training teams of entrepreneurial thinkers and doers who understand the important role of for-profit, sustainable enterprises that make a
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    The Program

    The Kirchner Food Fellowship is an opportunity for an elite group of student leaders to be engaged in investment decisions on agriculture-oriented businesses with ground-breaking technologies which can provide long-term sustainable solutions, both environmentally and economically to global food security.

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    the challenge

    Awareness is growing for the need of entrepreneurial business solutions in attaining global food security.
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    the opportunity


    The Kirchner Food Fellowship is an opportunity for student leaders to be engaged in agriculture oriented business investment decisions.
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    The Requirements

    Fellows will also be expected to approach their home institution for academic credit for any work completed
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    “The Kirchner Food Fellowship has been a great experience. I have had the opportunity to gain a new perspective, a new skill set, and the experience of investing in early-stage companies. I’m constantly inspired by the energy and creativity of the entrepreneurs we meet. Most importantly, I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from an amazing team of Fellows and Directors to promote solutions to the world’s food security challenges.”

    – Sarah Piccini, 2016 Kirchner Food Fellow and a Masters student at Johns Hopkins SAIS

    Our Fellows

    We believe millennials are uniquely qualified to find, fund and assist promising conscious agriculture businesses. They have a native understanding of the coming possibilities of a networked, customized and distributed world.


    • Karla Rascon-Garcia

      Karla is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis after earning a B.S. in Animal Science and a Masters in Development Practice from the University of Arizona.

    • Adrian Garcia-Casarrubias

      Adrian is a Plant Biotechnology PhD candidate at CINVESTAV-IPN (Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute) in San Pedro Zacatenco, Mexico.

    • Alfredo Costilla-Reyes

      Alfredo is a PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering at the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. Alfredo also holds a Certificate in Business from the Mays Business School and is currently working on one focused on Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization.