Food Sol: An action tank for food Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™
Food is everybody’s business.
At Food Sol, we think and act the same way we eat: in bite-sized pieces. Our action tank creates spaces where eater-entrepreneurs can discover and articulate what food issues they care most about. We then help them pinpoint the practical actions they can take right now to achieve food-system innovation.
How We Work
- Navigating the big picture: With extended system knowledge and cross-sector relationships, Food Sol connects dots and people to fuel smart action in the food system.
- Engagements: Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® is the cornerstone of everything we do. Community Table and Quick Service Incubator are our signature designs for activating and accelerating collaborative solutions for the food system.
- Thought leadership: Food Sol provides Babson’s voice on food innovation and entrepreneurship with potential.
- Economics as a core focus: Creating social and environmental value within economically sustainable business designs ensures that emergent ventures grow to be both relevant and resilient.
For more information, please contact Rachel Greenberger.
Babson Food Day
For the fourth annual Babson Food Day, we celebrated with Entrepreneurs in Residence Andrew Zimmern and Gail Simmons on Food Day Eve (national Food Day is October 24). The event was action-packed with good food energy and innovation, and brought together industry leaders and the next generation of food innovators. Fifth Babson Food Day will be Wednesday, October 21, 2015.
A regular hub for eater-entrepreneurs to connect and share ideas and relationships, Community Table is a growing resource collective to discuss food problems and move great ideas forward. We host Community Table Babson, Boston/Cambridge, and New York.
At Babson, we meet Wednesdays, 1–2 p.m. in the Blank Center.
To join our listserv, please email Suzy Costello.
Quick Service Incubator
Food entrepreneurs each get two minutes to pitch business challenges to the audience, which divides into small groups for rapid brainstorming on possible solutions. Audience teams and guest experts then pitch ideas back to the entrepreneurs. Design emphasizes multidisciplinary problem solving and learning for the whole room.
Why Is Food Sol at Babson?
As the leader in Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®, Babson teaches future leaders how to convert complex challenges into opportunities for social, environmental and economic value creation simultaneously—not sequentially. Thus, Food Sol resources and supports food entrepreneurs who are taking positive action for the food system.
Why Does the Food System Need Entrepreneurship?
The number and scale of dilemmas linked to the global food system are complex, intertwined, and daunting, but they are not insurmountable. As a global community, we face:
- Healthcare challenges based on both scarcity and overconsumption
- Dwindling global supply and distribution imbalances
- Land and water degradation
- Increased energy demands and climate change implications
- Questions of food safety and transparency
- Inefficient and unsustainable government subsidies
- Economic and regulatory pressures that threaten family farms
- Human health, animal welfare, and environmental concerns connected to large-scale agriculture and animal husbandry
- Antibiotic-resistant bacteria entering the human population through the food chain
- Inequitable labor practices and standards
Few agreements are in place to define any of these dilemmas—let alone determine a path forward.
Where Are the Entrepreneurial Opportunities?
Thousands of movements are underway—from neighborhood to national in scope—to redesign our food system. Initiatives seeded by government, philanthropy, and business are all doing their parts to make change.