Leveraging Public/Private Investment for ‘Almost’ Capital-Ready Food and Ag Businesses
John Fisk, Wallace Center
Local and regional food businesses continue to grow and proliferate to meet increasing demand. However, small and startup businesses are often not capital ready, and investors are wary of risky investments, despite the fact that many of these businesses produce triple bottom line benefits. How can investors, local governments, and nonprofits help these businesses access the right resources at right time, and create the pipeline that social impact investors are looking for? Learn from practitioners about successful models that drive social and economic goals through increasing the business acumen of food businesses, and combat the risk aversion of investors through creative partnership.
Community development, economic development, food systems, impact investing, partnership development, start-ups, sustainability
John Fisk, Wallace Center (moderator) Jen Faigel, CommonWealth Kitchen Sibella Kraus, Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) Mike Ortosky, Orange County Economic Development; Hillsborough, NC