Kirchner Food Fellowship Logo

Students Become
Impact Investors

Apply Now

Our Mission

While the amount of impact investment capital is increasing rapidly, uniform access to that capital is not. For that to improve, new low-cost, high-efficiency investment models are needed to push money and business resources out to entrepreneurial teams in remote regions and underserved communities. Assembling, training, and empowering diverse investment teams for this purpose is the core mission of the Kirchner Fellowship.

Sustainability Icon


The Kirchner Fellowship is an opportunity for students to have discretion over investment decisions, with a focus on companies in the agriculture and food sector with ground-breaking technologies that can provide sustainable solutions.

Security Icon

Food Security

The Kirchner Fellowship Program is designed specifically for identifying and training the next generation of impact capital allocators capable of understanding and investing effectively in the early-stage companies and innovations.

Leadership Icon


At the university level, excellent progress has been made in identifying promising technologies; training teams of entrepreneurial thinkers and doers who understand the important role of for-profit, sustainable enterprises that make a difference.

The Program

The Kirchner Fellowship is a pioneer in the lean impact investment movement, harnessing the power of highly committed next generation talent to find, fund and assist promising socially responsible, for-profit agricultural businesses.

the Challenge Column Header

the challenge

Awareness is growing for the need of entrepreneurial business solutions in attaining global food security.
Learn more

Oportunity Column Header

the opportunity

The Kirchner Fellowship is an opportunity for student leaders to be engaged in impact investment decisions.
Learn more

Recognition Column Header

The Requirements

Fellows must be enrolled in university and are expected to approach their home institution for academic credit for any work completed.
Learn more

Our Fellows

We believe the next generation is uniquely qualified to find, fund and assist promising conscious agriculture businesses. They have a native understanding of the coming possibilities of a networked, customized and distributed world.

  • Adolfo Reinoso

    Adolfo is from Guatemala, and currently pursuing a Master of International Business at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

  • Karen Moran Rivera

    Karen is pursuing a Ph.D. at Wageningen University and Research; where her research focuses on soil science, sustainability, and climate change.

  • Myriam Faucher

    Myriam is pursuing her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University with a Certificate in Social Impact as a Forté Fellow.

  • Laura Navarro

    Laura is an undergraduate economics student at Duke University in the United States and Duke Kunshan University (DKU) in China. Her studies focus on international justice and developing economics in Latin America and South East Asia.

  • Jorge Alejandro Nieto Alvarez

    Jorge is currently, studying a master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Guanajuato, where he wants to focus on consolidating the potential that biotechnology has as a high-impact science, through the efficient investment of capital mediated by the search of sustainable solutions.

  • Genaro Aldana Chavez

    Genaro is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Bionanotechnology Engineering at Universidad Iberoamericana in Guanajuato, Mexico. He is passionate about bridging the gap between applied science and public policy making.

  • Bryana Pittman

    Bryana is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Systems Engineering at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. She is passionate about bridging the gap between food deserts in the local community, researching innovations in intellectual property, and exploring the financial markets.

  • Martin Adu-Boahene

    Martin is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is passionate about investing, entrepreneurship, and technology.

  • Kwame Terra

    Kwame is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in Health Equity at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. His studies focus on the association between local food environment and chronic disease prevalence.