2024 ReFED Food Waste Solutions Summit

June 11-13, 2024 | Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Convention Center

Jenn Burka


FTW Ventures


Jenn is an Investor at FTW Ventures, where she is focused on opportunities related to Climate Solutions, Sustainable Packaging, and innovation in Health and Wellness.

Prior to joining FTW, she was a Senior Associate at Evolv Ventures, Kraft Heinz's $100M corporate venture capital fund, where she focused on Food Tech, Sustainability, and Packaging.

She is a 2021 graduate from the Yale School of Management where she led initiatives on impact investing, venture capital, and entrepreneurship in the sustainable food/agriculture industry with time spent at a variety of venture firms including Equal Ventures, AmplifyHER Ventures, and as a founding partner of Fishbowl Ventures, Yale SOM’s first student run impact fund.

Jenn has always been food motivated: she ran the culinary entertainment department on-board Holland America Line cruise ships before moving to New York City to work for the Marcus Samuelsson Group, a celebrity chef driven media and restaurant group. In her free time, you can find Jenn hosting overly elaborate dinner parties or finding a mountain to hike in the northeast, where she currently resides with her 40+ houseplants.


Wednesday, June 12

1:30pm - 2:30pm

From Capital Stack to Impact: Investing in Food Waste Solutions

Breakout Session 2

Join us for a candid chat exploring the funding ecosystem for food waste solutions. In this interactive discussion, we'll break down how different capital types can be leveraged to drive meaningful impact in the fight against food waste. Our panelists will share insights into what has been working in the sector and showcase how various components of the capital stack can work together synergistically. We'll explore impact case studies to highlight successful investment strategies and showcase the transformative power of capital in addressing food waste challenges.

Wednesday, June 12

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Solution Provider Showcase 4 | Byproducts to Brilliance: Solutions for Transforming Food Waste


Be prepared to be inspired! Our Solution Provider Showcases feature inventive presentations, thought-provoking discussions, and opportunities to forge connections with like-minded individuals passionate about creating positive change in the food waste sector.

Food manufacturing often results in the creation of byproducts that end up being sent to landfill. But there are a number of emerging solutions that can transform these inputs into valuable materials and products that solve sustainability challenges for other industries. In this session, presenters will illustrate the transformative power of circular solutions in bolstering sustainability across multiple sectors.

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