Where We Grow From Here
Where We Grow from Here offers perspectives and stories focused on innovation by those who are advancing the overall quality and sustainability of the food system. Featured guests include entrepreneurs, business leaders, industry experts, and policymakers offering unique perspectives on building a food system designed for the 21st century and beyond.
Recycled Misconceptions with Footprint
Troy Swope, CEO of Footprint, and Darin Olien, co-host of Netflix’s Down to Earth with Zac Efron, Author of Superlife, and Host of The Darin Olien Show, join the S2G Ventures podcast. From plastics in our food, misconceptions on recycling, and end-of-life considerations for packaging, the problem of single-use plastic stretches across the globe. There is an enormous opportunity for innovation, plant-based solutions, and action. Beyond the mounting plastic problem and how Footprint brings much-needed innovation to packaging, guests focus on empowerment and how individuals can take small steps and find solutions in everyday life.
The Power of Why: A Guide for Growth with Back to the Roots
From their UC-Berkeley college dorms to over 14,000 stores globally, Back to the Roots is on a mission to reconnect every family & kid back to where food comes from by helping them experience the magic of growing it themselves. Alejandro Velez and Nikhil Arora, Co-founders and co-CEO, Back to the Roots join the S2G Ventures podcast to discuss entrepreneurship, starting and growing a business for a new generation of consumers, and how they have used the WHY of their business as the guide for growth.
How to Build Your Brand for Exit
Romitha Mally has over 25 years of Wall Street experience and has led high-profile transactions in the food, beverage, and natural products industry. In this episode, we discuss Romitha’s background and notable lessons in working with founder-led companies to help articulate their vision and stories into strategic sales or IPOs. We touch on notable industry trends and discuss predictions for the year ahead, the evolution of public markets and SPACs, and tips for entrepreneurs and companies considering an IPO.
Abundant Oceans: The Economic and Environmental Opportunity for Ocean Restoration with Oceans 2050
We are delighted to welcome Oceans 2050 leaders Alexandra Cousteau and Megan Reilly Cayten to this episode. Guests discuss the transition from an abundant ocean to the state of the oceans today. We dive into the private sector opportunity ahead and discuss the interconnection of the climate crisis and the oceans. Beyond the issues and opportunities ahead for markets and investors, we discuss actions we can all take today.
How Shiru is Leveraging AI to Feed the World More Sustainably
We are excited to welcome scientist, engineer and entrepreneur Jasmin Hume to the podcast. We discuss Jasmin’s founder story and experience starting a company right before the pandemic hit, including how they continued to grow despite the unexpected challenges. The episode also highlights how Shiru helps food companies innovate away from animal-based solutions towards novel new plant proteins.
Carbon 101 and The Future of Carbon Markets
Alex Rau, Founding Partner of Environmental Commodity Partners LP (ECP) and Climate Wedge, joins us on this podcast episode. We talk about Alex's background, cover carbon 101: what it really means, what it doesn't mean, and explore how this commodity that is increasingly getting structured and formalized is important to several industries, including the food system.
Leaders in Agriculture: Celebrating Three Exceptional Women
Tina May, Chief of Staff and VP of Rural Services for Land O’Lakes, Alexis Taylor, Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Amanda De Jong, South West Business Unit Lead for Landus Cooperative, join us on this podcast episode. All three are remarkable leaders in agriculture who join us to celebrate Women's Day, highlight their accomplishments, learnings, new projects, and advice for future leaders in ag.
On The Frontlines of Innovation with Ripple Foods
Laura Flanagan, CEO of Ripple Foods and Adam Lowry, co-founder of Ripple Foods discuss building brands with purpose in a changing market and the value of impact and measurement for companies including becoming a B-Corp and the Ripple Effect. Both Laura and Adam dish on tactical tips for women in leadership and entrepreneurs.
Returns, Risk and Carbon Footprint with CDPQ
CDPQ's Frédéric Godbout and Mario Therrien discuss the value of partnerships and break down CDPQs strategy for return, risk, and carbon footprints including how CDPQ supports innovation and growth across their direct investment platform. Guests also provide insights to entrepreneurs and companies on what they are looking for today with a direct investment and partner.
The Role of Technology and New Tools to Tackle Food Waste and Hunger
As a record number of Americans face hunger, food insecurity has increasingly become a major focal point as we think about building a better food system. To understand the landscape of food insecurity in America and opportunities to build a better system, we connect with Emily Ma and Joe Intrakamhan's on their journey with Google [X] and the data initiative to address hunger in America.
A Grocers Perspective: The Role of Food and Capital Markets
Walter Robb and Sanjeev Krishnan discuss the state of play of the food industry, evolving capital markets, opportunities and areas prime for disruption, and how indoor agriculture fits into a food system designed to meet consumer needs.
The content in this podcast is for informational purposes only. It should not be taken as legal, business, tax or investment advice or be used to evaluate any investment or security. The content is not directed toward any investor or potential investor in any S2G fund and is not a solicitation of investment.