- Disha GulatiCEO and co-founder of Here Here Market on Wednesday May 25and to 1:30 p.m. (CST), streaming live from the Food Foundry showcase; and,
- Renata Merinoa serial LatinX entrepreneur and investor, on Thursday May 26and at noon (CST), live broadcast from the Shapack building
Among the 500+ registered for the sold-out Summit, this year’s event includes representatives from 81 venture/investment firms, 14 Fortune 500 companies and 117 founders in attendance. Last year the Summit enjoyed strong participation from founders of color and women leaders.
The Plug benefits from an engaged and core audience of black tech entrepreneurs and investors in technology, including food and agriculture.
“We are at a critical moment in history where technologies supporting food supply, greater efficiency in food production and responsible and climate-friendly operations will define the future,” said Sherrell Dorseyfounder and CEO of The catch. “Our role in helping connect innovators of color to communities where their impact is felt is more important than ever. We value our partnership with World Business Chicago and hope the Future of Food Summit will continue to amplify the voices of innovators in food all over the world.
“We have built Here Here Market as a platform to democratize access and reduce barriers to entrepreneurship for all emerging food and beverage manufacturers,” said Disha Gulati, CEO and co-founder of Here Here Market. “At the start of our journey, one of the main goals we set for ourselves was to achieve gender parity on the platform. Today, 60% of the food designers we work with are women.”
“We are thrilled to showcase the best and brightest founders at the sold-out Chicago Venture Summit Future-of-Food 2022. As the world’s capital of food innovation, the Chicago Venture Summit will feature more than 115 local founders, including over 70% identify as a woman and/or as a member of underrepresented communities,” said Julie White Schusterdirector of corporate strategy at World Business Chicago.
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