At ventureLAB we are meeting increasing numbers of social ventures that are focused on issues related to food. In fact, we seem to be creating a cluster, a community. These entrepreneurs are creating new business models that have the potential to shake up a sclerotic, complex industry while improving access to healthier food.
Here are just a few examples of clients at ventureLAB that are revenue-producing social purpose businesses focused on food issues: Tiffinday, with employment and environmental social missions; Rainbow Plate, educating kids in a fun way about better nutrition and EarthToKids.creating chick-pea pasta.
I want to share a great case study from the Fall 2015 edition of Stanford Social Innovation Review. It’s about a very innovative and courageous food social enterprise out of California. The case study is interesting from several perspectives: an innovative business model that addresses the redesign of nutritious food delivery to schools without forcing the system to reinvent itself; a story of scaling successful; a story of being relentlessly customer-focused; and a story about social finance. Here’s the link: