black sesame human centered design food innovation bootcamp

November 5, 2018

Black Sesame Bootcamp

This weekend, KitchenTown collaborated with the food innovation arm of the Stanford D.School to host a food-focused, design thinking bootcamp for food entrepreneurs.  Black Sesame‘s mission is to help early stage food startups understand their market and identify new product opportunities through human-centered design thinking.  Led by Soh Kim and KitchenTown’s founder Rusty Schwartz, 10 food entrepreneurs were invited to take part in a 3-day workshop to design, prototype, and market an innovative food product. The challenge
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regrained bar
Barilla, the world’s largest pasta manufacturer, wants to meet food startups that are defining the future of food.  They want to participate in creating a more sustainable food system and are looking to invest, support, and collaborate with innovative food companies.  They created BLU1877, a venture capital fund to invest in food startups with promising futures and their first publicly disclosed investment was in ReGrained, a KitchenTown maker.  Open Innovation Through its Open Innovation Program,
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Nitika Dhamankar
We are thrilled to introduce Nitika Dhamankar as the latest addition to the KitchenTown team.  Nitika will lead our newly minted Product Innovation Lab.  She will assist food entrepreneurs in getting their products ready for commercialization, helping them with recipe development, shelf stabilization, nutrition facts labeling and more.  She comes from a rich background in food with experience at Plum Organics and Bolthouse Farms under her belt.     To get in touch with Nitika, email 
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