Founding Partners

The Kirchner Food Fellowship Program has been made possible through the combination of resources, and expertise from these partners.


Kirchner Group has provided traditional merchant banking services since 1985. We provide advisory, operational and transactional support to companies as well as asset management services for institutional investors. Kirchner Group’s proprietary platform is built on the premise that pairing deep domain expertise with process experts provides superior results. Our clients and partners range from promising entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies and their investors. Kirchner Group also manages assets for some of the largest insurance companies, commercial banks and institutional investors in the world.
Visit www.kirchnergroup.com for more information

Kirchner Impact Foundation (KIF), is a non-profit organization that serves as one of the “returning” arms of Kirchner Group. KIF harnesses the positive power of enterprise to make a difference in addressing some of the most important issues of today and reflects our belief that every business should contribute to a positive human future.
Visit http://kirchnerimpact.com for more information

Food Security Group is the agricultural impact arm of Kirchner Group. Food Security Group is focused on harnessing the power of entrepreneurial for-profit enterprises to accelerate the global deployment of ground breaking agricultural technologies. This group attempts to address the challenges of producing sufficient food to feed the world’s expanding population.
Visit http://foodsecuritygroup.com for more information

Hunger Solutions Institute is a not-for-profit organization operated under the aegis of the dean of the College of Human Sciences, Auburn University. It seeks to share knowledge and best practices in the fight against hunger and malnutrition by creating multi-sector partnerships to solve hunger at the community, state and global levels.
Visit http://wp.auburn.edu/hsi/ for more information


Bonaventure Capital, founded in 1998, invests and partners with exceptional companies located primarily in the Southern United States. The firm makes both minority and change of control equity investments in companies poised for rapid growth. Once an investment is made, Bonaventure partners with management to craft the appropriate strategy and execution to achieve mutually aligned goals.
Visit www.bonaventurecapital.net for more information

 

Issue Partners

 

The Kirchner Food Fellowship Program has formed partnerships with leading organizations that are helping to address this global issue.

Centro Fox is a unique and universal non-profit, was founded in 2006 by former President of Mexico Vicente Fox and his wife, Marta Sahagún de Fox. Centro Fox fosters leadership through a multi-angled vision of its: academic, information research, and cultural views. Our mission is to propel leadership in all of those who visit us and perform any of the activities developed by any of the four strategic areas of Centro Fox, and to disseminate ideas which seek to attain a better world for all by hosting events and programs with world leaders
Visit www.centrofox.org.mx/en for more information

 

Thought For Food is a non-profit and next generation power-house. Established in 2011, TFF supports high-impact next-generation global leaders at universities around the world to use cutting edge tools to find innovative solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing our future, namely how are we going to feed 9+ billion people by 2050?
Visit www.tffchallenge.com for more information

 

GAI AgTech Week is a deal focused conference that dives deep, bringing private equity partners to the table to continue where venture capital contributions leave off; introducing farmers who’ve tried new technologies and can speak to their successes and difficulties; and widening the possibilities of players in ag tech and food space by showcasing new technologies, processes and opportunities. See the full Agenda
Visit www.globalaginvesting.com for more information

 

Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) a voluntary organization of some 300 universities worldwide engaged in stimulating students not only to be aware of critical problems related to global food security but who also have the passion and commitment to make a difference.
Visit wp.auburn.edu/ufwh2 for more information


PUSH – In February 2014 the Hunger Solutions Institute, in partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO) held a High Level interactive forum, “Shaping the Collective Role of Universities as a Partner in Ending Hunger” to determine how to better coordinate efforts to address these critical issues. A consensus outcome from that gathering, which drew 70 leaders from 30 universities in Canada, the United States and Latin America, was the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security.
Visit www.pushtosign.org for more information