Toronto, Ontario, Leon, Guanajuato Mexico and Birmingham, Alabama, – 04 March 2020 – The Kirchner Impact Foundation is pleased to announce that the Kirchner Food Fellowship, the world’s first impact investing fellowship, is now accepting applications until April 30th. The program, now in its 7th year, is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative venture capital markets initiatives by seeking to take well-networked angel capital to places where there is none.
Candidates must be enrolled in university (undergraduate or graduate graduate student) in North America (Canada, U.S. or Mexico) and be self-motivated, hard-working and possess a passion for investing in socially-responsible for-profit companies that will be key players in creating a zero hunger world.
The program, which is built around the fall and spring academic calendars, will select two teams (cohorts) of students. The teams work virtually and gather in person periodically for more intensive interactions with the directors, advisors and sector thought leaders. The program is intense and applicants should expect to devote 10-15 hours per week to the fellowship. Those interested in applying can visit the website here.
“The Kirchner Food Fellowship is a demanding but highly rewarding experience where I have gained incomparable insight towards achieving smart capital investment in entities that will help us feed the world. During my tenure, not only the highly experienced mentors improve you as a professional, but also the Kirchner philosophy truly becomes part for your DNA and transforms your lifestyle,” commented Eduardo Samuel Garay, 2019-20 Fellow. “I couldn’t be more grateful to form part of this family and to share the great responsibility that the Kirchner Impact Foundation trusted on us as a generation striving to take a step forward towards food security.”
Previous Fellows that have participated in the program come from some of the leading agriculture institutions: UC Davis, Texas A&M, Cornell, Guelph, Zamorano, Auburn, NC State, CINVESTAV Irapuato and Rutgers; as well as leading business and policy institutions such as Wharton, Harvard, MIT, Emory, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins and UNC Chapel Hill.
“We are looking for passionate, values-driven students who have a relentless drive make a difference and solve the problem,” stated Blair Kirchner, Director. “Each year our remarkable fellows work incredibly hard during their tenue and we are looking forward to our seventh year.”
The Kirchner Food Fellowship is made possible through the support of country partners like the Innovation Direction of the municipality of Leon, the Secretariat of Agrifood and Rural Development of the state of Guanajuato, individual donors and Kirchner Group, a boutique firm that provides advisory, operational and M&A support to small and medium sized businesses and their investors as well as asset management services. Kirchner has a three decade history working with agriculture and food companies from start up to exit and is considered one of the leading boutique groups in the sector. The Fellowship is sponsored as part of its ‘returning’ initiatives and capitalizes on Kirchner’s unprecedented track record and network in the sector.