Forward Fellows

Class: October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014

Jack Beuttell
Co-Founder | Venture Farming
“We’re trying to change the economics for beginning farmers and, in turn, change the way people think about the value of farming and the food we eat.”

Jack Beuttell is the co-founder of VentureFarming, a for-profit incubator for beginning organic farmers that seeks to reinvent the food system through distributed and diversified production. VentureFarming addresses the four key limitations of farmer entrepreneurs (land, equipment, mentorship, distribution) by co-locating farmers in a resource-rich environment and realizing economies of scale through collaboration, not consolidation.  Jack is in the process of designing a pilot project in the Raleigh-Durham area for his first class of VentureFarmers.

IMG_9627b10x15Tatiana Birgisson
Founder & CEO | Mati
“I am working to make the world healthier and more energized one cup at a time.”

Tatiana Birgisson is the founder of Mati, Inc. – a for profit beverage company that quenches consumer thirst, compromise-free. Mati’s mission is to provide a refreshing and energizing energy drink alternative for active and health-conscious consumers looking to enhance their everyday performance. Consumers value Mati for its functionality, flavor, and healthful ingredients. Tatiana sees Mati as the active and health-conscious consumer’s preferred energy drink.

RachelLichte_PictureRachel Lichte
Co-founder & Director of Mines | Clarity Project
“I can’t imagine a product with a greater disconnect between the circumstance of its giving and the circumstance of its source.”

Rachel Lichte is co-founder of Clarity Project – a for profit social enterprise using the diamond industry to support community development in mining communities. Rachel wants to use the power of business and consumer demand to create change and social benefit for people and the environment. Clarity Project seeks to create a responsible extractive industry that supports the long-term prosperity and resiliency of mining regions, communities, and families. Clarity Project is bringing diamond mining, custom fine jewelry, and an unparalleled tourism experience all under one roof to help diamonds work for community development.

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Founder & CEO | INRFOOD
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food, at the end of the day you are what you eat.”

Keval Mehta is the founder of INRFOOD – a personalized nutrition platform that alerts, assesses, and advises individuals about the nutrients in their food to determine an optimal diet.  INRFOOD is driven by the idea that diet and exercise are the two most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle.  Since food has become more chemistry than biology, INRFOOD empowers individuals to know what foods are best for them in real time. The current goal is to expand the content and features of INRFOOD and create an educational plan for schools to help shape the next generation of nutrition.