May 10, 2016

Blue Apron, Sweetgreen and Maple founders on how to grow your food startup

The food industry is going through an interesting shift in the U.S. We’re moving away from an era of processed food and microwave meals, to one […]
April 18, 2016

This Pea-Based Milk Is Healthier Than Almond Milk, And Actually Tastes Almost Like Milk

After building Method, the sustainable soap brand, into a $100 million-plus business, cofounder Adam Lowry probably could have retired. Instead, he tackled a new problem: the […]
March 25, 2016

‘Good Food’ movement grows up, gets paid

Imagine standing on a stage in front of hundreds of strangers. You need their money to help finance your dream business. You have seven minutes to make the pitch. You'd be nervous, right?
March 21, 2016

This trendy salad bar’s design secrets keep customers coming back for more

There is a Sweetgreen — the fast casual salad chain that people stand in lines for like it’s a new iPhone — about 10 blocks north of the Tech Insider […]
March 11, 2016

New report tackles food waste in America

Food waste costs the United States $218 billion a year, according to a report presented at Stanford University. The report, released this week by a coalition […]
February 17, 2016

The startup growing 30 times more produce per acre on New York, Chicago rooftops

Gotham Greens is hard to miss, given that it’s in a large, glowing greenhouse on top of a Whole Foods store in Brooklyn. The agriculture-tech startup produces climate-controlled produce for nearby restaurants and stores in New York and now Chicago.
January 11, 2016

Organic, local, sustainable. But can startups make sure food is safe?

Americans want to know more about what they're eating: Where does this food come from? Was it grown in an organic, sustainable way that I can feel good about? And was it handled safely before it reached my plate.
December 30, 2015

Want to end 2015 on a good note? Here’s an option with many returns.

When it comes to funding those that are “doing good” in the world, philanthropy isn't the only answer. Increasingly, investors are looking to for-profit, socially minded entrepreneurial ventures (including several in Chicago) that have the potential to benefit both sides of the equation: These enterprises create products and services for the good of society, and they can realize a return for investors.
November 14, 2015

What Entrepreneurs Get Wrong About Funding

There are plenty of places outside of the Valley with access to funding, incubators, and expertise—Chicago, Boston, New York, and Austin, among others. But before opting for any of these locales, entrepreneurs should start with a far more relevant and fundamental question: Where’s my customer?