Steve has over 20 years of venture capital experience working in underserved capital markets domestically and abroad. Today, he is focused on making venture and growth stage investments with an emphasis on agriculture and energy.
Through the Kirchner Impact Foundation, Steve and his team are experimenting with new, low-cost, high-impact investment models that can cost-effectively push modest amounts of equity investment capital and business resources out to historically unservable regions by harnessing the power of millennials to find, fund and assist promising socially responsible businesses. One of the experimental models, the Kirchner Food Fellowship, has become an internationally recognized leader know for impact investment capacity building with a portfolio that now includes: the Lucky Iron Fish, a safe, cost-effective, easy-to-use alternative to pills for those suffering from iron deficiency; Kuli Kuli a consumer packaged goods company selling healthy food products made with moringa sourced primarily from small holder farmers in Africa and central America and Tomato Jos a vertically-integrated tomato-paste processing company serving the local Nigerian market—the largest tomato paste importer in the world.
Steve is a regular speaker at agriculture, food and impact investment conferences on topics including impact capital allocation, investment talent capacity building, global ag-extension innovation and the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems in underserved areas. He works closely with academic institutions, impact investment funds and NGO’s around the world.
Prior to his career in finance, Steve was a DEA special-agent, graduated from Harvard with BA in economics and religion, and received an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill.