Agriculture and Food

Kirchner Food Fellowship
The Kirchner Food Fellowship is a pioneer in the lean investment movement, harnessing the power of highly committed next generation talent to find, fund and assist promising, socially responsible, for-profit agriculture and food businesses to advance global food security. Through the use of a “real world, real time, real money” model, the program has proven that it is possible for newly formed investment teams to become effective venture capital allocators in a matter of months. The program believes that while the amount of impact investment capital continues to grow, access to that capital for early-stage entrepreneurs in underserved regions and communities has not. For that to improve, ecosystem-specific investment resources and teams of ‘local’ impact capital allocators are needed to push money and business resources into areas where they are needed most. Assembling, training, and empowering diverse student investment teams for this purpose is the core mission of the Kirchner Fellowship.

WHYFARM – (We Help You-th FARM)
A Trinidad and Tobago based non-profit that has a vision to engage the next generation of farmers and agriculture entrepreneurs to develop bold, out-of-the-box innovations that help solve the greatest challenge facing our collective future—global food security . Creator of the world’s first “Superhereos” for food and nutrition security – AgriMAN and PhotoSynthesista.

WHYFARM is a global movement which includes established chapters in Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Zambia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Kenya, Columbia and Cameroon.

Training and Education

Interaction Advisory Group
Interaction Advisory Group believes that true inclusion and acceptance for all individuals with special needs is integral for our future. IAG provides customized ‘special needs’ awareness training for first responders as well as other public service officials, educators and private sector workers.

IAG’s training program is an integrated mixture of real world scenarios and demonstrations that allows you to put your learning into the proper context of your day-to-day profession. They offer objective and creative information with an insightful presentation bolstered by an interactive delivery. IAG prides themselves on the ability to connect with law enforcement and public safety audiences in support of the special needs community.

Business Brain Model
A unique academic/industry collaboration devoted to integrating and promoting business and relevant principles from neuroscience and psychology including related cognitive sciences which is branded as the Business Brain Model℠. The Business Brain Model demonstrates powerful lessons can be learned at the intersection of theory, experience and practice.

While certain aspects of neuroscience, psychology and related cognitive sciences have been studied in the context of their effect on business interactions and decisions, there has not been a systematic attempt to fully integrate these principles and apply them to business practice from the perspective of business leaders. This is the objective of the digital library.

Kirchner Investment Academy

The Kirchner Investment Academy (KIA) is an intensive training program that demystifies the investment process for entrepreneurs and introduces eager, yet perhaps inexperienced, “angel” investors to the art of deploying disciplined capital. This program has provided instruction to over 400 entrepreneurs and potential angel investors around the world. 

This course elaborates on the traditional concepts of investment finance, also including a more complete view on impact investing and the human factor in investment processes promoting the Kirchner Group’s approach of ​​”Creating Value while Promoting Values.”

Kirchner Liaison Activities

Kirchner Liaison Activities (KLA), is a matchmaking program established by the Kirchner Impact Foundation that helps to connect social enterprises, often pre-screened by the Kirchner Food Fellows, with appropriate resources that may have been previously disconnected from the impact investment ecosystem.

Kirchner-Donovan Impact Initiative

The Kirchner-Donovan Impact Initiative (KDII) is the latest stage of incremental paradigm development focused on impact activities extending almost a decade, combining the existing Kirchner Food Fellowship and Kirchner Investment Academy programs with the recently established Kirchner Liaison Activities. KDII will assist in training the next generation of Central American resource allocators to deploy disciplined capital, and connecting impact-driven organizations to the resources that best fit their needs, while contributing to the economic growth of the region using a holistic approach to strengthening the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

KDII will act as a hub of support for the regional entrepreneurial and impact investing ecosystems by building bridges between social entrepreneurs, technical resources, and global capital sources by combining Kirchner Group’s three programs under one umbrella. KDII has identified Costa Rica as the initial location to refine the paradigm in the region.