TO SUPPORT INNOVATION
OFFERING A ROBUST STRATEGIC PATHWAY TO SCALE AND IMPACT
To ensure FoodShot finalists have the guidance, advice, resources, and
support beyond funding, our
team and mission-aligned partners will provide capabilities and
expertise to help finalists advance ideas
within a broader strategic ecosystem.
VICTOR E. FRIEDBERG
CHAIRMAN & FOUNDER
Since co-founding S2G Ventures in 2014, Victor has emerged as one of
the top thought-leaders and VCs in food and agriculture in the USA.
Leading investments in Beyond Meat, Ripple, Maple Hill Creamery,
FishPeople, Lavva, Ataraxis and Apeel Science, among others. In 2016
Victor was named by Forbes as one of the Top 25 consumer investors and
influencers. He is Executive Chairman of Lavva, Tiny Organics and
Advisory to Cambridge Crops and SLM Partners.
As Senior Advisor to Secretary Tom Vilsack at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Sara focused on local and regional food systems, organic
agriculture, and healthy food access. Sara launched and managed
programs to support sustainable agriculture, and she has firsthand
knowledge of the opportunities and challenges of combining
sustainability with profitability in food value chains.
Rajiv is a strategic advisor, and investor, serving corporations,
funds, entrepreneurs and professionals with a focus on innovation,
value creation and corporate finance. He served as CEO for Rabobank
North America Wholesale Banking where he directed the bank's corporate
and institutional client activities in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He
also led the launch of Foodbytes, MIT Food Prize, and Terra.
Will is a globally-recognized innovation expert and advisor. In
addition to his FoodShot role, he currently runs Open2Innovate, a
boutique innovation strategy firm based in Canberra, Australia.
Beginning in 2010, Will was a co-founder of global accelerator program
LAUNCH while at USAID and has been the architect of major innovation
programs for the World Bank and the Australian Aid Program.
PROGRAM AND INVESTMENT DIRECTOR
An has been working in the field of venture capital, innovation,
private equity, and corporate finance. She founded ASW Venture
Partners to invest in early-stage and innovative companies in food and
agriculture. Previously, she evaluated and executed venture and real
asset investments for Agriculture Capital and Better Food Ventures. An
serves as a NEXUS ambassador and is an active member of Toniic.