Sustainable food ventures: Yale innovation & entrepreneurship

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Jennifer Milikowsky, founder of Walden Hill, which produces an acorn diet for pigs.

From pork to flour, ugly fruit to crickets, four startups launched by Yale student entrepreneurs are bringing a sustainable twist to food production.

Yale startup makes premium pork — and creates opportunities for small farms

Walden Hill, founded by Jennifer Milikowsky ’15 M.B.A./M.F. is both giving farmers a way to raise pigs without the associated risk and creating a tastier pork, thanks to the pigs’ acorn-fed diet.  Learn more.

Renewal Mill turns agricultural waste into healthier flour
Renewal Mill founders Sumit Kadakia and Claire Schlemme

Renewal Mill, founded by husband-wife team Claire Schlemme ’ 11 M.E.M. and Sumit Kadakia ’ 16 M.E.M./M.B.A. is turning agricultural waste into flour that’s being made into cupcakes and scones at New Haven-area bakeries. Learn more.

Ugly Fruit aims for sweet success
Cat Wu, founder of Re-Harvest Food

Cat Wu ’17 SOM ’17 has launched her own food startup — a social enterprise called Re-Harvest Foods that turns unused produce into tasty, healthy snack foods. The first product is a specialty applesauce called Ugly Fruit that’s for sale across New Haven.  Learn more.

Poda Foods wants to make cricket powder the next big thing
Yesena Gallardo, co-founder of Poda Foods

For many, the sound of chirping crickets brings back memories of warm summer nights. But Yesenia Gallardo ’15 FES, co-founder of Poda Foods, hears something different in those chirps — an untapped protein source.  Learn more.

Yale venture Chops Snacks chosen for Chobani food incubator
Aaron Jones, left, and Luke Sellers, co-founders of Chops Snacks

Chops Snacks, a Yale startup developing all-natural beef jerky from premium beef brisket, was one of six teams admitted into a new incubator for food-related ventures from yogurt giant Chobani. Over 400 teams applied for support from the New York-based Chobani Food Incubator.  Learn more.

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