SXSW 2022

Supporting Innovation for a World with Zero Hunger


Food waste is rampant in America. Each year, 35% of all food produced in the US is thrown away. Meanwhile, more than 42 million Americans struggle with hunger.
Startups are uniquely positioned to play a role in creating a world with zero hunger and zero waste in a post-pandemic world. With annual investment of $14 billion over the next ten years food waste can be reduced by 45 million tons each year.
In this panel, Village Capital and The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation will bring together a diverse group of innovators and funding leaders with lived experience and unique perspective to discuss the capital landscape for startups as well as the role that they play in creating a sustainable and inclusive food system.

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  1. Inform the audience of the possibilities for innovative startups to create a world with zero hunger and zero waste.
  2. Explain the present funding limitations and demonstrate how more capital can flow to support innovative startups.
  3. Present unique, experience-driven perspectives on the ways startups can create a more inclusive and sustainable food system.



MacKenzie Wade, Programs Manager, Little Herds

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Startups
  • Track 2 Climate Change
  • Level: Intermediate

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