• 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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    “I’ve worked globally as a volunteer in ‘developing countries’ for nearly a decade, and carry years of academic training, focusing studies and international work on addressing food insecurities. However, nothing (and I mean nothing) has compared to the exchange of wisdom and new knowledge I’ve received as a Kirchner Food Fellow. I’d wish for all to have the privilege of engaging in what I describe as a ‘front-line’ opportunity, to selflessly and strategically impact the multitudes in a manner that is as radically efficient as the Kirchner Food Fellowship is.”

    – Karla Rascón-García, Phd Epidemiology Student – University of California, Davis

    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.


    • Laura Zaim

      Laura is currently pursuing her MBA at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus in finance. Laura is an environmentalist and entrepreneur working to transition the global food system to one that is more sustainable from an environmental, human health and animal welfare perspective.

    • Brennan Costello

      Brennan is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln pursuing a Masters in Business Administration. Brennan earned a Bachelors in Agribusiness with minors in entrepreneurship and leadership from Nebraska in 2016.

    • Ephrem Tesfaye Woldegiorgis

      Ephrem is studying at American University’s School of International Service (SIS) under the MA in International Development Program with emphasis in agriculture, rural development and rural economic institutions in Sub Saharan Africa.