The Food Access Project is designed to find new and innovative solutions to tackling food insecurity challenges. The program provides curriculum, connections, and mentorship to help 10 selected ventures—both for-profit and nonprofit—improve access to healthy food across low-income communities in Denver.

“By targeting entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits, we recognize that Denver has a broad talent pool of individuals that, with a little support and key introductions, can make a lasting difference in addressing food insecurity,” says Amy Edinger, Office of Economic Development interim executive director, in the city’s press release.

Here’s What Ventures Get

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Bootcamp

A 5-day, in-person bootcamp with world-class curriculum used around the world

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Mentors

1-on-1 meetings with world-class mentors, and six months of support from 2-3 committed mentors thereafter

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Financial training

Financial modeling training from Financial Architects to get investment ready

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Investor introductions

Key introductions to relevant investors who can help your venture scale

Our Selected Ventures!

From a restaurant that provides healthy food to anyone regardless of ability to pay, to a delivery service that increases access to fresh food delivery via electric powered tricycles, here are our 10 rockstar ventures who’ve been accepted into Uncharted Food Access!

About our ventures

Re-Vision
An economic and social justice organization that cultivates thriving, resilient communities by developing local leaders, growing community food systems, and building a locally-owned economy

Copia
A platform that connects businesses with excess food to communities in need

Eat Five
A whole-seller company focused on tackling food deserts via produce subscription boxes sold at a heavily reduced rate

Any Street Grocery
A mobile grocery store providing access to healthy, affordable foods

Focus Points Family Resource Center
A fresh food community corner store serving northeast Denver residents

Family Tree Market
A grocery store that offers healthy foods at affordable prices for all

The GrowHaus
A nonprofit indoor farm, marketplace, and educational center

SAME Cafe
A nonprofit restaurant that provides healthy food to anyone regardless of ability to pay

Goodness Groceries
A social enterprise grocery delivery service that increases access to fresh food delivery via electric powered tricycles

UpDIG Farm + Grocery
A farm & social enterprise food hub serving customers of all income levels

A Timeline of Events

August 7th

Ventures Announced

We’ll publicly announce the 10 ventures chosen to be part of Uncharted Food Access

August 11th

Introductions to mentors and financial architects

We’ll begin to swarm you with the people you need to help scale your business and create deeper impact

September 18-22

5-day bootcamp

The selected ventures will spend five days in Denver, Colorado, learning from Uncharted curriculum and hand-selected, world-class mentors

September 23-December 31

Ongoing support from mentors and financial architects

After the bootcamp, continue to learn from our experts through 1:1 calls and meetings

Our Mentors

From the Head of Sustainability at Chipotle, to the former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery, to the founder of Boulder Organic Foods, these are just a handful of the world-class experts who will be advising our selected ventures!

Caitlin Leibert
Caitlin Leibert

Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Caitlin Leibert

Caitlin Leibert

Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill

As Head of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill, Caitlin is responsible for creating and implementing the company’s sustainability vision and strategy in more than 2,200 restaurants worldwide. From waste reduction to energy management, to water stewardship, Caitlin works to minimize Chipotle’s impact as a company and plays a key role in developing new practices. Caitlin started her career at Chipotle in 2007 as a marketing strategist in northern Ohio and later went on to oversee marketing in New England before moving to Denver, Colorado in 2011 for her current role. Caitlin received her BA in journalism from the University of New Hampshire where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She then went on to earn her Masters in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 2016. She is currently serving a two-year term on the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Council for the City of Denver.

Rick Sterling
Rick Sterling

Former Head of Marketing at Celestial Seasonings

Rick Sterling

Rick Sterling

Former Head of Marketing at Celestial Seasonings

For more than 45 years, Rick’s career has been focused on business strategy and innovation. It was his diverse leadership experience in both sophisticated business environments and high-growth entrepreneurial cultures that shaped the essence of the firm he co-founded, Sterling-Rice Group.

Rick began his career in brand management at Quaker Oats in Chicago.  There, he ran their $500 million+ pet food business, created and launched Kibbles ‘n Bits, still a $300 million brand 35 years later.

Rick was recruited to head marketing at Celestial Seasonings in 1981 when Celestial was one of the true pioneers as a purpose-driven brand.  Rick and Michael Rice worked together at Quaker and Celestial, then started Sterling-Rice Group in 1984, in Boulder CO, based on their common experiences. Their premise, that firms seeking growth would benefit from their brand-building experiences at both large, sophisticated and entrepreneurial marketing environments, has proven to be true and enduring. Now 33 years later, Sterling-Rice Group has become one of the country’s leading integrated brand development firms recognized for its fusion of strategy and creativity, its expertise in consumer products, health & wellness, its values-based culture and the enduring impact it has on clients and consumer culture.

When Rick and Michael started the company, they committed to making SRG a social experiment – where they would practice their professions at the highest level and leverage their expertise to have significant social impact.  The company measures performance against its Beliefs and sets strategy from these culture assessments. Rick believes this might be the single most significant driver of SRG’s long-term success. The company also gives 10% of its profits to community and social causes.

Over the years, SRG has had significant and enduring impact for large and small companies. SRG works extensively with PepsiCo, KraftHeinz, Con Agra, Kellogg’s, Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, Pfizer and many more, providing strategy, innovation and design expertise.   Since its inception, SRG has been involved at critical junctures to build many of the entrepreneurial successes in the natural and organic sector:  Earth’s Best Baby Food, Cascadian Farm, Kashi, Annie’s Homegrown, Horizon Organic, So Delicious, Dave’s Killer Bread, Bolthouse Farms, ThinkThin and more.  Each of these brands has eventually been sold to large strategic or financial buyers in attractive deals for the sellers.

Rick was the CEO of SRG from 1984 to 2010 and is now the Board Chairman.

Libby Cook
Libby Cook

Co-founder at Wild Oats & Sunflower Markets

Libby Cook

Libby Cook

Co-founder at Wild Oats & Sunflower Markets

Libby Cook, founder and Executive Director of Philanthropiece Foundation, brings her entrepreneurial background, expertise and vision to the work of the foundation.  Ms. Cook has 25 years’ experience in the natural foods grocery industry, having co-founded, led, and served as General Counsel for both Wild Oats Markets and Sunflower Markets.  Ms. Cook holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law and a Masters of Law in Taxation from the University of Denver.  She is the recipient of numerous commendations and awards including the Alumni Award for Distinguished Achievement from the CU School of Law, the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the YWCA Hall of Fame Award for Entrepreneurship, and the Esprit Entrepreneur Award.  She actively serves on advisory boards for the University of Colorado School of Law, Silicon Flatiron Center’s Entrepreneurship Initiatives at the University of Colorado, and Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.  Ms. Cook is actively involved in mentoring social entrepreneurs in conjunction with her work at Philanthropiece and the Unreasonable Institute.  Ms. Cook has lived and traveled abroad extensively and is multi-lingual.  When her social passions allow her free time, she can be found honing her skills playing beach volleyball and surfing.

Jane Miller
Jane Miller

Former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery

Jane Miller

Jane Miller

Former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery

Jane Miller is a 30-year food industry executive with experience working with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. She is also the founder of Janeknows.com, a career advice website geared towards young leaders starting their careers. She is the author of Sleep your Way to the Top(and other myths about business success), a sassy business book targeted at Millennials.

Currently, Jane is the CEO of HannahMax Cookie Chips and recently, Jane was the CEO and President of ProYo, a high protein natural food and ingredient start-up. Previously, she was the CEO and President of Charter Baking Company, a private-equity backed rollup of organic and natural bakeries.

Over the course of her career, Jane was part of an executive team that brought Hostess out of bankruptcy, worked for HJHeinz as the Chief Growth Officer and then the President of the UK & Ireland Division, and she ran the Western division of Bestfoods Baking. The first fourteen years of her career were at PepsiCo, where she rose to be the President of the Central division of Frito-Lay.

Jane currently serves as a board member at the University of Colorado Leeds Business School, Eldorado Springs Artesian Water and Madhava Sweeteners.  Her involvement as a mentor for young professionals and start-ups resulted in her being named the Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for the Denver Business Journal in 2013, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Women Who Light the Community in 2015 and the Naturally Boulder Industry Leader Award in 2016. In 2015, Jane established the Jane Knows Scholarship Fund at Leeds supporting students who are the first in their family to go to college.

Jane has a Russian Studies degree from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where she received a 2017 Alumni Achievement Award, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

David Kyle
David Kyle

Former COO, Acumen

David Kyle

David Kyle

Former COO, Acumen

David founded Impact Business Leaders, which is focused on placing experienced professionals looking for career change in full time roles with social enterprises around the world. Prior to starting IBL David was at the Calvert Foundation in Bethesda, Maryland as COO. Prior to joining Calvert Foundation David lived in Hyderabad, India for three years where he was the Founder and CEO of the Indian School Finance Company www.isfc.in, a for-profit finance company that provides medium term debt capital to private schools serving very low-income families. As COO and Chief Investment Officer of Acumen Fund, he built local operations in East Africa, India, Pakistan and New York from 2003-07. Prior to beginning his career in social enterprise in 2001 David spent 20 years in the corporate and investment bank of Citibank working successively in Brazil, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Portugal and the UK.

Will Seamans
Will Seamans

Former Chief of Staff of Teach For America

Will Seamans

Will Seamans

Former Chief of Staff of Teach For America

Will grew up in a low-income family in rural Colorado, and became the first in his family to attend college. While in college, Will was fortunate enough to discover his two life passions: entrepreneurship and education. During his senior year he founded a start-up aimed at making college more affordable for students like himself, and led that organization as CEO for the next 5 years, growing the company from 3 to 15 employees, and revenues 2.4x each year on average. He then joined the staff of Teach For America, where he held a number of leadership roles as the organization grew from impacting 80,000 students nationwide to over 500,000 students nationwide during his tenure. While at Teach For America Will solidified his belief that solving socio-economic disparity is the root solution to a majority of the problems in our society. He also discovered a unique strength in helping others reach their full potential, and has been coaching and mentoring management teams and CEOs to create the conditions for success in their organizations ever since.

George Deriso
George Deriso

10+ years at Apple

George Deriso

George Deriso

10+ years at Apple

George spent over a decade at Apple. Six startups later, he now is Assistant Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Leeds School of Business, helping startups and coaching founders. As a consultant and member of many boards, George brings years of experience to solving intractable problems. He’s raised capital, sold companies, negotiated strategic deals, filled strategic gaps, and improved client businesses.

 

Jim Thaller
Jim Thaller

Senior agribusiness marketing advisor at the World Bank

Jim Thaller

Jim Thaller

Senior agribusiness marketing advisor at the World Bank

Jim Thaller is an entrepreneur who believes that the food industry can change the world. He is one of the managing directors and co-founders of Talier Trading Group; a specialty food development company based in West New York, NJ (USA). For more than eighteen years, Jim has been working with value-added, food producing companies on product and market development. With Talier Trading Group, Jim has been responsible for spearheading a variety of emerging market programs, and has been credited with designing and implementing the African, Peruvian, Southeast Asian and Eastern European specialty food programs in the United States and Europe. With warehousing on two continents and active distribution on five, Talier Trading Group is consistently named one of the top specialty food development companies anywhere. Jim is also a senior agribusiness marketing advisor at The World Bank’s InfoDev program, and is responsible for supporting the design, development and implementation of their agribusiness innovation program across Africa, Asia and elsewhere. Jim has previously founded two software development companies, both of which were successfully acquired. Jim has received many awards during his career, including an Innovation Award from the NY New Media Association, a Top 40 Under 40 from Gourmet Retailer, Industry Leadership from NASFT and a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Specialty Food Association. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree and several post-graduate certificates, including one as a certified HACCP auditor from The International HACCP Alliance. He sits on the boards of several food-industry companies and international organizations, including as Chairman of The Unreasonable Institute East Africa, Chairman of The Foodshed Alliance and Director of The Food Farm. From 2008 until 2016, Jim served on President Obama’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa. Jim has authored many publications on agribusiness development, business incubation and the specialty food industry, and has spoken at many international development events at Harvard University, Wharton Business School, New York University, Columbia Business School and many more.

Nancy Gaines
Nancy Gaines

Business Productivity Expert

Nancy Gaines

Nancy Gaines

Business Productivity Expert

Nancy Gaines is CEO/Founder of Gain Advantages Inc. and has been advising small businesses and Fortune 100 companies how to increase revenues through proven systems for almost two decades. She is a best-selling author and international keynote speaker.  Nancy has been named in the Top 100 Productivity Experts to follow on Twitter and has a global podcast downloaded in over 65 countries.  Her main focus is creating business processes with actionable steps so her clients achieve more consistency, ease, and ultimate success.

Ray Weston
Ray Weston

VP of International Business at Yum Brands

Ray Weston

Ray Weston

VP of International Business at Yum Brands

As an international lawyer and business executive at a Fortune 500 company, Ray’s experience centers upon licensing, franchising, intellectual property, M&A, and launching/growing international businesses, including the use of joint ventures and other M&A to launch and expand businesses in developing countries (Brazil, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Nigeria) and developed countries (U.S., Canada, Belgium, France, England). For ten years Ray coached licensees in Latin America, Eastern & Western Europe, Israel, and Africa how to start, operate, and grow businesses in support of global US brands.

Jamie Van Leeuwen
Jamie Van Leeuwen

Led Denver's 10 Year Campaign to End Homelessness

Jamie Van Leeuwen

Jamie Van Leeuwen

Led Denver's 10 Year Campaign to End Homelessness

Jamie Van Leeuwen currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Governor Hickenlooper after working as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Community Partnerships during the first term.

In 2006, he was appointed by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to head up Denver’s Road Home, the city’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.  In this role, he oversaw leadership staff, fundraising, public relations and evaluation for Denver’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.  In the first five years of the initiative, Denver’s Road Home generated over $50 million in new resources for the homeless, developed over 2,000 new units of affordable housing, prevented over 3,500 families from becoming homeless, reduced chronic homelessness by 70 percent and was recognized by HUD as one of the top six homeless programs in the country.  In 2007, Jamie was appointed to chair the Drug Strategy Commission and oversee the Office of Drug Strategy.  The office launched a major community-wide strategic plan in 2008 to close the unmet treatment gap in Denver.  In the first two years the plan created over $500 thousand in new treatment services and generated $3.5 million in-kind media annually.  Denver’s Road Home and the Office of Drug Strategy combined in a new division on Jamie’s oversight called the Office of Community Impact.

Rustin Coburn
Rustin Coburn

Director of New Business & Strategy

Rustin Coburn

Rustin Coburn

Director of New Business & Strategy

Rustin splits his time working as the Director of New Business and Strategy at SUPER TOP SECRET (a digital design and strategy firm), and mentoring for programs like Watson University, Eyesight Creative, and Unreasonable. He is a Colorado Native, and has lived in downtown Denver for 10 years. While his brother is a chef, Rustin has also had a passion for healthy eating and supporting the growth of the entrepreneurial industry in Colorado his entire life.

Once he realized the power of strong teamwork, his motivation and focus have been directed towards developing groups of passionate leaders, who work to make our communities and our planet better. From founding a fashion design incubator, to launching impact driven technology companies, and a culture based design agency, Rustin puts his sweat, tears, and lifeblood into everything he works on.

Alan Lewis
Alan Lewis

Director at Natural Grocers

Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis

Director at Natural Grocers

Alan Lewis navigates government affairs and food and agriculture policy for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, a 62-year-old health food store chain with over 140 stores in 20 states. Alan is active in several national trade and advocacy organizations. He sits on the board of the Organic and Natural Health Association and is executive editor of Local Food Shift magazine. He is speaker and panelist at many policy events, and presented a talk on the food system at TEDx Boulder in 2014. Long a student of political activism, his focus is on communicating with policy makers and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local level using frameworks that are non-confrontational and inclusive. He has started two successful companies and advised hundreds of others. A Colorado native, he has lived in Portugal, Haiti, and Dominica, where he developed an appreciation of ingredient supply chain challenges within different ecological, cultural, political and economic contexts.

Mark Moore
Mark Moore

Cured over 2 million kids of severe acute malnutrition

Mark Moore

Mark Moore

Cured over 2 million kids of severe acute malnutrition

Mark Moore spent nearly ten years working in eastern Uganda, serving in rural communities.  After returning to the United States, he earned a Master’s degree at Georgetown University. He has served as Legislative Fellow and Africa Specialist in the United States Senate for Senator Mary Landrieu, as an Africa Analyst for the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), and as Policy Director for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Prior to co-founding MANA, Mark co-founded Kibo Group, a development organization that houses numerous Africa projects.  He was a White House Fellow finalist, an Unreasonable Institute Fellow in Boulder CO in 2013 and is co-founder of Calorie Cloud, an effort to harvest excess calories in the US and send them to malnourished children who need them in the developing world.  The Calorie Could platform houses UNICEF Kid Power, named one of Time Magazine’s 25 best ideas of 2016.  He helped imagine and launch Good Spread, a peanut butter for US markets that helps fight hunger.  He has spoken widely at events ranging from colleges to TEDx Charlotte, to the Summit Series at Powder Mountain.  He is author of Nourish, a book about global hunger and faith.  He and his wife Marnie and their four children live in Charlotte, NC.

Shannon Scott
Shannon Scott

Director of Training, Lucky’s Market

Shannon Scott

Shannon Scott

Director of Training, Lucky’s Market

Shannon is Director of Training Lucky’s Market, where our belief is that good food isn’t a luxury, it’s a right. Working with start-up food companies and local food entrepreneurs is one of the keys to Lucky’s Market’s success. Past experiences include adjunct instructor at Colorado Mountain College where I taught Sustainable Business; MBA with a Global Social Sustainable Enterprise focus from Colorado State University including working with small shareholder farmers in Zambia; and VP of Communications for Net Impact. Passion for food, community, learning and everything local.

Robert Ybarra
Robert Ybarra

Director of Produce, Marketing, and Advertising, Lowe’s Pay and Save

Robert Ybarra

Robert Ybarra

Director of Produce, Marketing, and Advertising, Lowe’s Pay and Save

Rob Ybarra is a 35-year veteran of the grocery business.  Rob is Director of Produce and Director of Marketing and Advertising for Lowe’s Pay and Save, based out of Littlefield, Texas.  Lowe’s Pay and Save is a 155-store chain that has locations in five states including Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Kansas.  Lowe’s has yearly revenues of 1 billion dollars.  

Prior to Lowe’s, Rob was Director of Produce for HEB Grocery Company in San Antonio, Texas.  He enjoyed a 30-year career at HEB which included a 3-Year assignment in Monterrey, Mexico, as Director of Procurement and Merchandising for HEB Mexico Division.

Just recently, Lowe’s has been recognized for being the first Retailer to join the “Double Up Food Bucks” program in New Mexico and Colorado.  The cities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Denver and Greeley, Colorado are the first cities to go live for SNAP customers.  In addition, Lowe’s has been nationally recognized for ongoing WIC projects with New Mexico State University.  

Providing ample opportunities for affordable healthy eating has become a real passion for Rob and Lowe’s.  In addition, working closely with the Farming communities in the states that Lowe’s represents has become a key initiative in buying “local” wherever possible and thereby supporting the local economies and trade areas.  

Adam Schlegel
Adam Schlegel

Co-Founder, Snooze AM Eatery

Adam Schlegel

Adam Schlegel

Co-Founder, Snooze AM Eatery

Adam Schlegel has experience across multiple sectors and disciplines in entrepreneurship, management and socially conscious business practices. In 2006, Adam and his brother Jon founded Snooze AM Eatery, a consortium of breakfast and lunch restaurants throughout the Western US.  Adam currently sits on the Snooze Board of Directors and orchestrates the community and sustainability programs across this growing restaurant group. From 2013-15, he served as the Executive Director for EatDenver, a Denver based nonprofit focused on locally owned, developing the organization’s mission of education, community and advocacy before transitioning the Board President.

Adam sits on the board of multiple sustainability and health based initiatives in Denver, including Denver Urban Gardens and the Colorado Pedals Project.  In addition, Adam works with a number of socially conscious businesses on food sourcing, procurement and enjoyment.  Past involvement includes Denver SEEDS, Denver’s Sustainable Food Policy Council, GreenPrint Denver, and a handful of NGO and other Boards.  Adam speaks locally and throughout Colorado on sustainable and triple bottom line management opportunities.

A Denver native, husband to a dynamic partner Sarah, and father of their two boys, Adam spends more time than not playing with his boys, travelling any and everywhere, and whatever other hobby is the flavor of the week.

Kate Brown
Kate Brown

Founder, Boulder Organic Foods

Kate Brown

Kate Brown

Founder, Boulder Organic Foods

Kate Brown is founder of Boulder Organic Foods, LLC and has been developing the brand Boulder Organic since 2006.  Boulder Organic is a national brand of organic and gluten-free fresh soups that are nationally distributed through natural and conventional grocers.  It is Kate’s sincere passion to bring affordable, fresh, organic food to the marketplace.

Kate is active in the community as a Director on the Board of Elevations Credit Union, a Director on the Board of Community Food Share and an advisory member of the Center for the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado.  Additionally, Kate is an enthusiastic member and Sponsor of Naturally Boulder, and a member and mentor for the CU Women’s Council.

A Colorado native, Kate makes her home and professional life in Boulder, enjoying the community of natural product entrepreneurs.  Her passions include travel, hiking, snow sports, cooking, laughing and family.  

Lindsay Saperstone
Lindsay Saperstone

Head of the Denver Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Lindsay Saperstone

Lindsay Saperstone

Head of the Denver Healthy Corner Store Initiative

Lindsay Saperstone works for the City and County of Denver in the Community Health Division of Denver Environmental Health. She currently manages the Denver Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HSCI) which helps small independent markets in Denver owners expand and promote their healthy and fresh food selection in areas with limited access to affordable, healthy food. By working with storeowners, food distributors, and community residents, the initiative works to make it easier for families to find healthy food options. Lindsay has a MBA from Colorado State University’s Global Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship (GSSE) program and has both founded and worked for a variety of  non-profits and social enterprises in Central America, South America and West Africa. She is incredibly passionate about healthy food access as a form of social justice.

Alex Hanifin
Alex Hanifin

CEO, Alpine Start

Alex Hanifin

Alex Hanifin

CEO, Alpine Start

Alex Hanifin, a native of Boulder, CO, is the CEO of Alpine Start.  She serves as the co-Vice President of Naturally Boulder and sits on the Executive Board of Directors for The Growe Foundation.  Alex has been in the food CPG industry for 10 years, and most recently was on the marketing team at Boulder Brands managing EVOL.  She previously worked on Rudi’s under the Hain-Celestial Group. When Alex isn’t working, she is off climbing rocks and mountain biking.

Anne Misak
Anne Misak

Co-chair for the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council

Anne Misak

Anne Misak

Co-chair for the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council

Anne Misak is the Healthy Food Program Manager for Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF). She develops, manages, and promotes CEF’s healthy food financing program for small businesses in Colorado’s food system, especially in low-income communities lacking convenient access to healthy, fresh food. Anne is a newly-elected co-chair for the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council, an official Board and Commission for the City of Denver. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Community Wealth Building Network of Metro Denver, a start-up organization with the goal of changing Denver’s economic development models to better support low-income communities.

Anne was a Board Member for Nourish Community Market, a start-up food cooperative in Northeast Denver/Northwest Aurora. She has a particular interest in and experience with food co-ops, particularly as a community-controlled option for bringing in healthy food. Anne earned a Master of City Planning degree in community and economic development from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from Oberlin College in Ohio. When she isn’t working to provide healthy food access for all communities, Anne enjoys exploring the wonderful outdoors and eating good food with friends.

Blake Angelo
Blake Angelo

City of Denver’s Manager of Food Systems Development

Blake Angelo

Blake Angelo

City of Denver’s Manager of Food Systems Development

Blake Angelo is Denver’s first Manager of Food Systems Development. Located in the Office of Economic Development, Mr. Angelo is responsible for supporting food-related business and community development efforts across the city with a particular focus in supporting a balanced approach to healthy food access, mid-skills food job creation, and the expansion of local food businesses in target neighborhoods. Working closely with the Denver Sustainable Food Policy Council (a mayor appointed commission), he managed the creation of Denver’s first strategic plan for food systems development: the Denver Food Plan. Born and raised in Denver, Angelo has a track record of supporting hundreds of food and farm-related businesses. He understands that strong food systems require strong food businesses and strong multidisciplinary partners. Prior to this position, Angelo worked as a business and organizational development consultant, was the Director of the Beanstalk Foundation, and served as the first specialist in Urban Agriculture for Colorado State University Extension in Denver and Jefferson counties. He has a master’s degree in Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary and Ecological Biology.

Dave DuPont
Dave DuPont

CEO of TeamSnap

Dave DuPont

Dave DuPont

CEO of TeamSnap

Dave is the CEO of TeamSnap. He has more than 20 years of experience in technology leadership positions. He was previously CEO of SANRAD, a venture-funded storage networking company, which he joined in 2006. He also helped found LeftHand Networks, a Boulder-based company sold to Hewlett Packard. Prior to that, Dave was with Hewlett-Packard.

Dave began his professional career as a field engineer in North and West Africa with Schlumberger Ltd. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard.

An avid skier and wannabe competitive cyclist, Dave lives in Boulder with wife Deb and two children, Mariel and Gabe. He enjoys reading, cooking and microbreweries.

Kim Curtis
Kim Curtis

Founder, FoodFlip

Kim Curtis

Kim Curtis

Founder, FoodFlip

Kim Curtis is an entrepreneur, chef, and consultant.  With 20 years of experience in product development, Kim has helped launch 5 startups, consulted for most every vertical and size from startups to Fortune 100’s, spent 15 (long) years in financial technology, “intrapreneured” the Web Technology Team at Janus Capital Group, and even owned a cake company in the middle of everything.  As founder of FoodFlip, her mission is to change what healthy eating means. FoodFlip is bringing real, accurate research and tools for understanding the power of food to the 50+ million people with autoimmune conditions.  

Wendy Moschetti
Wendy Moschetti

Director of Food Systems, Live Well Colorado

Wendy Moschetti

Wendy Moschetti

Director of Food Systems, Live Well Colorado

As the director of food systems, Wendy leads the development and implementation of LiveWell Colorado’s strategies related to food systems, food access and food promotion.

After moving to Colorado in 2005, Wendy researched healthy food access initiatives for the National Convergence Partnership while also serving as project coordinator for the “Gardens for Growing Healthy Communities” research project with the University of Colorado-Denver and Denver Urban Gardens. She joined the consulting firm Civic Results in 2007 to help staff the healthy schools and food access teams of the Metro Denver Health & Wellness Commission.  Wendy launched her own firm, WPM Consulting, in May 2009. Since then, she has collaborated with numerous organizations—including LiveWell Colorado, LiveWell communities across the state, Colorado State University, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Hunger Free Colorado, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment—to work on a variety of projects aimed at leveraging our food systems to improve equitable access to healthy foods.

Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California-Berkeley. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her three young kids, trail running, camping, and reading fiction.

Venilde Jeronimo
Venilde Jeronimo

25+ years in strategic planning and capital raising

Venilde Jeronimo

Venilde Jeronimo

25+ years in strategic planning and capital raising

Venilde, originally from the Azores Islands, savors learning, traveling, and food. Based along the California coast in the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Barbara, her writing focuses on the past, present, and future of food. She has 25+ years in strategic planning, capital raising, driving initiatives and impact for start-ups, and building relationships across borders and cultures for institutions of higher education. You can spot Venilde early mornings with her running shoes.

Grace Oliva
Grace Oliva

Associate, Colorado Impact Fund

Grace Oliva

Grace Oliva

Associate, Colorado Impact Fund

Grace joined Colorado Impact Fund as a Research Analyst and became an Associate in 2016. Previously, she was working in the oil and gas industry as a Data Analyst. After graduating from college, Grace lived abroad in Japan where she taught English at a private school and university.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Amherst College in Massachusetts. She’s originally from Los Angeles, California and now lives in Denver, Colorado. In her free time Grace enjoys hiking, cycling, and snowboarding.

Kerry Suddes
Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

Kerry Suddes

Kerry Suddes

Director of Training, For Impact (which has raised $2B+)

Kerry started in the for-profit training world where she built and facilitated world-class teams programs for Fortune 500 companies, including J.P. Morgan Chase, Nationwide Insurance, Merck and Sherwin-Williams. She has a degree in Speech Communications and Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

In 2005, Kerry joined the For Impact team as Director of Live Experiences and Coach. She has since coached and trained thousands of organizations — including The American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, several YM and YWCA organizations, and many private schools, social service agencies and social ventures — through successful funding efforts ranging from $100K to $30M.

In addition to working in the field on funding initiatives, Kerry leads the team in designing and delivering all live experiences – Speaking, Boot Camps and Workshops.

She is an avid (but amateur) cyclist, two-time Half Ironman finisher and known as Aunt Kiki to seven nieces and nephews. She is a YPO forum member and a mentor at the Unreasonable Institute. Kerry lives in Jackson, Wyoming, with her husband, Chris.

 

Our Partners

We also have an amazing team of partners working together to pull off this program, including the City and County of Denver, Office of Economic Development.

If you’re interested in partnering, send us an email!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The City and County of Denver, Office of Economic Development is committed to helping eradicate food deserts across the city, and has partnered with Uncharted to identify and support promising entrepreneurs working to increase healthy food access.

  • Access to healthy food is not just a health issue—it’s a social justice issue.  Millions of Americans live in low-income areas, far from a supermarket and with limited access to transportation. Long-term limited access to healthy foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, leads to dangerous health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular issues.  Ending food deserts will mean collaboration between governments and businesses to ensure that all citizens have access to healthy food, not as a luxury but as a right.  The solution to food deserts may look different across communities, but we’re starting in Denver, in our own backyard.  Our hope is that what we learn here can help end food deserts nation-wide.

  • The Food Access Project supports early-stage ventures with the potential to increase access to healthy food for low-income communities at scale. We are open to all ideas and models for doing that!

  • Yes! Our goal is increase access to healthy food in Denver, and are open to any route to get there. But all applicants must have some source of revenue beyond donations.

  • No, but your venture needs to either currently work in Denver, or be committed to working in Denver in the future.  Not all of your venture’s revenues need to be generated in Denver, but of the revenues you do generate in Denver, a majority (51%) need to come from serving low-income neighborhoods (e.g., Westwood, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Globeville, Elyria, Swansea, and Five Points).

  • We expect to accept 10 ventures into the program.

  • Thanks to the generosity of our partners and sponsors, the program will be completely free for the 10 selected ventures. We will also provide flights and accommodations for the 5-day bootcamp for out-of-town ventures (i.e., those not based in Colorado).

  • The in-person bootcamp will take place in Denver between September 18-22, 2017.  The selected ventures will receive additional remote support before and after the bootcamp, including from mentors and Financial Architects (pro bono consultants to help you prepare your financials and get investment ready).

  • According to Tim Ferriss, an entrepreneur should ignore most of the advice he or she hears. However, the best advice will come from those that have done what that entrepreneur aspires to do at the scale at which they aspire to do it.

    Therefore, we look for mentors who have either (1) successfully increased access to healthy food for low-income US populations or (2) who have mastered critical skills that our chosen organizations can learn from. Altogether, we aim to convene around 30 mentors at the in-person bootcamp portion of the Food Access Project, taking place in Denver between September 18-22, 2017.