Investing in improving the food system

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Investing in improving the food system

Tim Hammerich
Journalist

It’s time to publish your Farm of the Future report. I am Tim Hammerich.

Billions of dollars have been poured into agtech startups over the past decade, but that hasn’t really resulted in significant changes to the food system. Ground Capital Partners CEO Stephen Hohenrieder sees a need for capital more committed to systemic change.

Hohenrieder… “A lot of the investment capital is focused on more venture capital-type startups that provide point-in-time technology solutions to these systems-based problems. Which is important, but I also think there’s an opportunity and the role that I’ve chosen to play is to invest in established companies that have some scale and proven programs, where we can then grow those programs to have an exponential impact on the results we are trying to achieve.

Hohenrieder puts his thesis into practice at Grounded Capital Partners, where he invests in established, mission-driven food companies.

Hohenrieder… “I believe that very diverse actors are all pushing our food system in the same direction, which is increasingly being redefined by fragmentation. So, at Grounded Capital Partners, we will invest in established, mission-driven food businesses that have scale. Where we can use this business and support this leadership team to drive our strategy in this category, as a platform. »

Hohenrieder hopes to help these companies drive positive change for the food system.

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