Food & Nutrition Entrepreneurship

Pitching & Winning

An annual tradition now in its third year at the School with over $20K in prizes.

Advising & Mentoring

A dedicated volunteer group of established entrepreneurs

Learning & Connecting

A suite of events, academic coursework, workshops, and more

Activities, Education, and Networks that Catalyze Change

  • A University-wide annual Food and Nutrition Entrepreneurship Competition in collaboration with the Gordon Institute at Tufts University
  • Now in its 3rd year, the competition is just one exciting part of our full suite of innovation activities.
  • Read more about past competitions and winners
  • A growing network of Entrepreneurship Advisors from a diverse group of industries.
  • A Food and Nutrition Innovation Council, linking companies with a strong interest in being active collaborators in a new ecosystem of food and nutrition innovation
  • Graduate coursework and programs in entrepreneurship to provide fundamental knowledge and skills
  • An online certificate program: Nutrition for Industry Professionals and Entrepreneurs
  • Mentoring, workshops, and internship opportunities

Past Events & Competitions

Volunteer Leaders Providing Mentorship and Perspective

Our Advisors are successful business and social entrepreneurs who provide, based on their own time and interest, guidance to the School, our amazing students and faculty, and fledgling companies.

Our ever-growing network of advisors are helping budding entrepreneurs learn how to make connections to succeed in the world of food and nutrition.


Advisors offer their time and expertise to our entrepreneurial community through workshops, meetings, and one-on-one consultations

Meet the Advisors

Get to know the people who are moving nutrition forward with the School!
  • Lauren Abda, MS, N12Founder, Branchfood; Co-Founder, Branch Venture Group
  • Wendy Behr, N15Chief R&D Officer, Sovos Brands; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Richard Black, PhD—Principal, Quadrant D Consulting; Adjunct Professor, Friedman School; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Michael Blau, JD, N12PRetired Partner, Foley and Lardner LLP; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Kevin Boylan—Co-Founder, Veggie Grill; Managing Partner, PowerPlant Ventures
  • Karen Bressler Director, Boston Scott/ Qurological
  • Matthew Claudel, Founder, Field States, Co-Founder MIT Design X
  • Christopher Damman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, UR Labs
  • Jessica Deckinger, MBA—Chief Marketing Officer, Everbridge
  • Jack Derby—Professor, Tufts Entrepreneurship Center; CEO, Derby Management
  • Stephanie Dorsey, Founding Partner, E2JDJ VC
  • Leslie Durso—Vegan Chef & Wellness Expert, Leslie Durso Inc.
  • Jimena Florez—Founder and CEO, Chaak Health Snacks
  • Betsy Fore– Co-founder and Co-CEO, Tiny Organics
  • David Goodtree, CEO, FoodGraph
  • Arvind Gupta—Managing Director, IndieBio; General Partner, SOSV
  • Ken Hamlet– Co-managing Partner, Monalex Partners, LLC
  • Jennifer Hashley, MS, AG05—Director of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Friedman School
  • Josh Hix—Co-Founder and former CEO, Plated
  • Andrew Ive, MBA—Founder, Big Idea Ventures; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Kellee James, MBA—Founder & CEO, Mercaris
  • Corey Jones, Founding Partner, E2JDJ VC
  • Johan Jorgensen, Founder, Sweden FoodTech
  • Michael Karsch, A90, F91The Juice Press, LLC; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors; Trustee, Tufts University
  • Zain Kassam, MD, MPH—Zain Kassam, MD, MPH—Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Finch Therapeutics
  • Patricia Kearney, MEd, RD, N78, AG81President & CEO, PMK Associates, Inc.; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Alexander King, MBA—Director, Strategy, Insights & Analytics, Eastman; Mentor, MIT Venture Mentor Service
  • Ashley Koff, RDCEO, The Better Nutrition Program
  • Alex Kopelyan, PharmD—Program Director, IndieBio
  • Bill Layden—Principal, Layden Enterprises, LLC; Member, Friedman School Board of Advisors
  • Monique Marez, Founder, Eptimizo
  • Ron Molina-Brantley, VP, Relationship Manager, Berkshire Bank
  • Ayr Muir—Founder & CEO, Clover Food Lab
  • Tawanda Muzhingi– Innovation Consultant, RTI International
  • Nicole Negowetti—Senior Director of Policy, Plant Based Foods Association 
  • Danielle Nierenberg, MS, N01President, Food Tank
  • Mehrdad Noorani, MBAFounding Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners 
  • Fiorenzo Omenetto—Director, Silklab; Dean for Research, Tufts School of Engineering
  • Sean O’Sullivan, BSEE; Founder and Managing Partner, SOSV; Member, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Kevin Jyo OyeE79 —Executive Director, Gordon Institute; Director, M.S. in Innovation & Management Program Professor of the Practice, Tufts University
  • Rebecca Parekh—Founder & CEO, THE WELL
  • Eve Turow Paul—Author, Journalist, and Executive Director for the Food for Climate League
  • Laura Paulus — General Partner, Peak Health Capital
  • David Radlo, A86Executive Coach | Professional Board Member | CEO, RB Markets-Achievemost Formerly Founder | President and CEO, Radlo Foods (Egg-Land’s Best-Born Free)
  • Mark Ranalli, MBA—Dean, Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship; Montana State University
  • Micah Risk, MS, N13President & Co-Founder, Lighter Inc.
  • Sally Sampson— Founder & CEO, Chop Chop Magazine
  • Tom Shields—Founder, NetGravity and Yieldex
  • Ron Shigeta, PhD—CSO, Wild Earth Pets
  • Rajiv Srinath—Co-Founder and Managing Partner, MNI Partners LLC
  • Akhil Srivastava—Director of Planning and Logistics, Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Dennis Steindler, PhDConsultant, Steindler Consulting
  • Bob Stringer—Founder & CEO, Crimson Seed Capital LLC
  • Maha Tahiri, PhD—Founder & CEO, Nutrition Sustainability Strategies LLC; Adjunct Professor, Tufts University 
  • Antonio Tataranni, MD—Deputy Chief Scientific Officer and SVP, R&D Life Sciences, PepsiCo
  • Heather Terry—Executive Mentor, Serial Entrepreneur, and Partner at BeyondBrands
  • Latham Thomas, HHC, AADP—Founder, Nutrition and Lifestyle Expert, Mama GlowMember, Tufts Nutrition Council
  • Daina Trout, PhD, N07, MG07, NG07CEO and Co-Founder, Health-Ade
  • Matthew M. Whitney—SVP, Sales Strategy & Business Transformation, UNFI
  • Amy Wu— Founder & Chief Content Director, From Farms to Incubators

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