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.

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.

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.

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.