2022 Food Waste Solutions Summit

May 10-12, 2022 | Minneapolis, MN





Amy Duffuor

Co-Founder and General Partner

Azolla Ventures


Amy Duffuor is a co-founder and General Partner at Azolla Ventures. Prior to launching Azolla, Amy was a Principal at Prime Impact Fund, Azolla’s predecessor vehicle, where she invested in early-stage ventures with transformative climate impact. Her professional background spans business, finance, and impact across three continents.

Earlier in her career, Amy was a renewables and power investment banker at Bank of America. There, she worked with CEOs of public and private companies to raise investment capital including the IPO of Sunnova (NYSE:NOVA), a residential solar company initially valued at approximately $1 billion. Before her stint on Wall Street, Amy ran early-stage social venture accelerators around Southeast Asia for a Singaporeheadquartered impact investing firm called Impact Investment Exchange. Earlier in her career, Amy was a management consultant at State of Flux, a London-based consulting firm that specializes in supply chain and procurement.

She serves as a board member for portfolio companies Clean Crop Technologies, Noon Energy, Ovipost and Heaten. In addition, Amy serves on the board of the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC); the Leadership Council of Activate, a nonprofit that empowers scientists to bring their research to market to address climate change; the Advisory Council of ReFED, a national nonprofit focused on food waste; and the Advisory Circle of GreenTech Noir, a global community for Black people working in sustainability and climate tech. Amy holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University, an M.Phil in Migration Studies with Distinction from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Wednesday, May 11th

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Breakout Sessions (Running Concurrently)

Thomas Swain Room

Capital in Action: The Role of Catalytic Funding in Food Waste

ReFED’s analysis shows that $3B in catalytic capital is required each year to meet the goal of cutting food waste in half by 2030. What is catalytic capital, and why is it so important? This session will focus on the critical and creative role that catalytic capital plays in advancing food waste solutions, with commentary from a panel of funders on how they have deployed catalytic capital – and how it can be leveraged with other capital types to develop and scale food waste solutions.

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