Apr 12, 2018
Today on episode 15 we welcome Brett Brohl, Managing Director of TechStars farm-to-fork accelerator. Brett is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, and mentor who is driven by making a difference in the world through helping entrepreneurs succeed. Spawned by the influence of his wife, Brett's interest in food and agriculture has percolated into the creation of this TechStars vertical dedicated to the future of food and proper resource management in feeding ourselves on a shrinking planet. New England's facilitator of a new Food Economy, Lauren Abda joins the conversation as a first time co-host on Sourcing Matters.
Over the past five years an innovation economy has been amassing in food & ag-tech. Despite maturity and complexity, food systems and agriculture are one of the last giants to remain analog and antiquated. From last mile delivery, mobile animal processing, big data accurately tracking global fisheries, or provenance of food, on new metrics & KPIs monitoring food values and production externalities, and even Blockchain on tomatoes - change seems to be enveloping at Moore’s law. Leveraging their impressive linage in tech start-up success, TechStars received 2500 applications for only10 slots available in their inaugural Minneapolis program beginning in July. As Abda has been doing throughout the Northeast over the past few years, Brett and his team at TechStars farm-to-fork accelerator are trying to make sense of all the bluesky opportunity around the country, and deliver a valuable and sustainable initiative which will become increasingly crucial to us all.