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HTF 028: Chicken Eggs and Chasin’ Dreams

In this episode, we sit down with Henlight Co-Founder, Edward Silva.

Edward’s unique story highlights the path that some entrepreneurs take when entering into prize-based competitions, in this case the Thought For Food Challenge. Interestingly, Edward’s journey with the Thought For Food Challenge did not end with his team’s victory. Instead, along with a small team of enthusiastic volunteers, they expanded the reach of this challenge worldwide, inspiring innovative ideas from young people across the globe.

Guest: Edward Silva

In his words:

I believe in leveraging the power of technology to create a more food secure world. As a Prize Developer at XPrize and co-founder of Henlight – a solar powered solution to help small-scale poultry farmers – I actively support building a bridge to a more abundant future by leveraging appropriate technology.

Throughout my career, I have been afforded the opportunity to participate in an array of activities in the U.S. and abroad related to food, agriculture, and renewable/natural resources . Winning the 2013 Thought for Food Challenge, being selected as U.S. Delegate for the Y20 Summit, studying international agricultural development at the University of California, Davis and most recently serving as Executive Director of Thought For Food, have allowed me to gain a unique global perspective on how to develop products and solutions in a more creative, open, and innovative way.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Edward’s story, and the way he drew on his own experiences to come up with a novel innovation.
  • How the Thought For Food Challenge incentivized the innovations behind Henlight.
  • The story of Edward’s journey after winning the challenge, and how an ambassador network allows Thought For Food to expand their global reach.
  • Examples of winners and innovations from the Thought For Food Challenge.
  • How incentive-based prizes inspire innovation in areas that may be lacking new ideas.

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9 No-Budget Communication Tips from FEAST Greece

Even the greatest project idea can be a failure, if not properly communicated. Working with startups, young entrepreneurs and local NGOs at FEAST Greece, we have come up with a bunch of conclusions and tips about communicating your project more efficiently and creating an audience.

#1 The No. 1 goal is to make the project idea known to the biggest audience possible that will be inspired and support it at any given chance.

#2 Good storytelling is key to a successful project. Find your angle, decide on the story you want to tell to your audience. Find a creative and convincing response to this question: “What can your project idea do for me?”

#3 Create digital content, like a video, photo material, a poster etc. Digital content can substantially contribute to your project’s promotion, plus you will look very professional.

#4 Ask your friends to support you. That’s always one of the easiest ways to maximize your audience. Talk to them about your project, write an email, explaining your project idea, and ask you’re them to forward it to their contacts.

#5 Use the social media as much as you can. Ideally, create a page on Facebook and invite everyone to like it. Ask your friends to share it.

#6 People tend to be more supportive of an idea, when they have a personal connection with the people behind it. Be sociable, and pitch your project to everyone you meet. A good idea is to look for and attend relevant networking events in town, where your “fans” may hang out and pitch, pitch, pitch!

#7 Make your project accessible to your colleagues, coworkers, business associates. Make it easier for them to find out about it. Add links to your email signature, and to your social media profiles.

#8 Reach out to the press and to bloggers that would be interested in writing about your project, and ask them to support it. Send a press release or a media kit with all the essential info about your project.

#9 Keep in mind that you should always look for ways to spread your message. The first step is to communicate it as much as you can through your personal circle of friends and professional acquaintances. The greater audience will follow.


*FEAST Greece is based in Thessaloniki. They organize micro granting dinners as FEAST Thessaloniki and FEAST Athens. So far they has funded 36 projects with a total of €9.000. They offer seminars and workshops, on donation based crowdfunding. Currently they are working on an online crowdfunding platform for local civic projects in their hometown, Thessaloniki.

FEAST’s website
Facebook: FEAST Thessaloniki and FEAST Athens

This article was written by Niki Vouimta, founder of FEAST Greece


If you are interested in attending a similar program in Portland, check out Hatch’s, The Social Pitch.

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9 No-Budget Communication Tips from FEAST Greece

Even the greatest project idea can be a failure, if not properly communicated. Working with startups, young entrepreneurs and local NGOs at FEAST Greece, we have come up with a bunch of conclusions and tips about communicating your project more efficiently and creating an audience.

#1 The No. 1 goal is to make the project idea known to the biggest audience possible that will be inspired and support it at any given chance.

#2 Good storytelling is key to a successful project. Find your angle, decide on the story you want to tell to your audience. Find a creative and convincing response to this question: “What can your project idea do for me?”

#3 Create digital content, like a video, photo material, a poster etc. Digital content can substantially contribute to your project’s promotion, plus you will look very professional.

#4 Ask your friends to support you. That’s always one of the easiest ways to maximize your audience. Talk to them about your project, write an email, explaining your project idea, and ask you’re them to forward it to their contacts.

#5 Use the social media as much as you can. Ideally, create a page on Facebook and invite everyone to like it. Ask your friends to share it.

#6 People tend to be more supportive of an idea, when they have a personal connection with the people behind it. Be sociable, and pitch your project to everyone you meet. A good idea is to look for and attend relevant networking events in town, where your “fans” may hang out and pitch, pitch, pitch!

#7 Make your project accessible to your colleagues, coworkers, business associates. Make it easier for them to find out about it. Add links to your email signature, and to your social media profiles.

#8 Reach out to the press and to bloggers that would be interested in writing about your project, and ask them to support it. Send a press release or a media kit with all the essential info about your project.

#9 Keep in mind that you should always look for ways to spread your message. The first step is to communicate it as much as you can through your personal circle of friends and professional acquaintances. The greater audience will follow.


*FEAST Greece is based in Thessaloniki. They organize micro granting dinners as FEAST Thessaloniki and FEAST Athens. So far they has funded 36 projects with a total of €9.000. They offer seminars and workshops, on donation based crowdfunding. Currently they are working on an online crowdfunding platform for local civic projects in their hometown, Thessaloniki.

FEAST’s website
Facebook: FEAST Thessaloniki and FEAST Athens

This article was written by Niki Vouimta, founder of FEAST Greece


If you are interested in attending a similar program in Portland, check out Hatch’s, The Social Pitch.

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The Social Pitch Update: Clean Feed

As we get ready for our next round of The Social Pitch on April 30th, we’re catching up with previous presenters to see where they are, what their status is, how things are going! Here are our runners-up from last August, Clean Feed, to give us an update. Sometimes start-ups simply take a pause because the timing just isn’t right. (Get it together, FDA.)

From Carolyn of Clean Feed:

Clean Feed was an initiative of five MBA students from PSU’s School of Business who were interested in creating an insect-based animal feed. After pitching the idea at a few local pitchfests, the Clean Feed team dug even deeper into the research to determine that the black soldier flies were not an FDA approved ingredient for animal feed in Oregon – making the market for this idea not yet feasible (and, illegal – for now). At that point, the Clean Feed team decided to focus on individual endeavors, with teammates now nearing graduation and working across HR, Finance, Energy-Management, Athletics, and Social Impact roles. The Social Pitch was a great community environment that helped us further develop our ideas around the viability of Clean Feed.
Thanks for the update Carolyn! We hope the FDA comes around soon enough.

Join us for our next Social Pitch, April 30th 2-5pm, with new entrepreneurs and their brilliant ideas.

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A Q&A Moment with Emilly Prado before The Remedy Club

Feminism and Justice for All

With our upcoming Remedy Club happening this Friday, November 4th, we asked our panelists a few questions on the value and purpose behind The Remedy Club, and how we even go about talking about the untalkable. Here is our writer, journalist and future librarian panelist, Emilly Prado, with her thoughts.

 

What makes The Remedy Club valuable to you?

Providing a platform for discussions about access in relation to identity is a great first step in addressing economic inequality. I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to speak from my own perspective and share my thoughts.

How can we make The Remedy Club as valuable as possible to others?

Make sure that people of color and minority populations have equal representation in your panels and that your events are bringing in an equally diverse crowd. Archiving episodes and sharing videos of the events make so that people can also watch them in the future for free in the event they aren’t able to make it to this panel.

Does the approach of “one versus the other” (inclusion versus exclusion, power versus access, identity versus culture, media versus fear, etc.) make sense to you? Are there alternative ways available to us to effectively discuss dismantling these constructs and tackling these issues?

In certain regards, speaking about “one versus the other” is effective but it has to be done so carefully. With the included examples, the idea of inclusion versus exclusion is clearly opposing however I would not be comfortable using the example of identity versus culture since these are actually closely related in my experience. When discussing systems of oppression and how to dismantle them, it’s less about one versus the other and more about understanding the varying levels in which people are affected by these systems (i.e. intersectionality.) Understanding the general sentiment of “oppressor versus oppressed” is necessary but realizing that the oppressed come in infinite forms must come next in moving these discussions forward.

One phrase of advice.

Question your own beliefs! Also, listen.

Have a listen to Emilly Prado talk with Hatch’s Director of Events, Jess DeNoto, as they explore the intersection of feminist identity, race, class, gender and popular culture here: Feminism and Justice for All on Hatch the Future podcast

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Voices not at the dinner table: our panelists for the 2nd edition of The Remedy Club

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Learn more about our panelists for the 2nd edition of The Remedy Club: Not At The Dinner Table

Emilly Prado is a writer, photographer, and future librarian.

 A Chicana native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has called Portland home since 2009. Her writing typically focuses on pop culture with an intersectional feminist lens in relation to race, class, and gender. She earned a B.A. in Child and Family Studies from Portland State University with cum laude honors, received a 2016 ALA Spectrum Scholarship, and is a current MLIS candidate at San Jose State University. Her work has appeared in Bitch Media, the Portland Mercury, Feministing, Ms. Magazine, and Travel Portland. When not writing, working, or schooling, she makes zines, sells homemade pinback buttons, and travels as much as possible. You can see her work at www.emillyprado.com

Bertony Faustin, proprietor, Abbey Creek Vineyard.

 He planted the vines, tends to them, harvests the fruit, makes the wine. Bertony’s the heart and soul, the drive that pushes Abbey Creek forward.

Born from Haitian immigrant parents and a transplanted New Yorker, Bertony has found not only his family, but his destiny in Oregon wine country. A physical trainer by trade, Bertony started his wine career like many, somewhat by accident. Noting his in-laws had a small vineyard, he began exploring the potential of making his own wine and gradually launched  Abbey Creek Vineyard. Always a student and innovator, Bertony dug in and learned a great deal  from neighbors and friends. Abbey Creek Vineyard grew enough in production to warrant it’s own tasting room and winery so Bertony moved his operation into North Plains, Oregon. Today he is literally an earth to glass winemaker.  Abbey Creek Vineyard is all Bertony, all his personality, style and grace. Get to know him and you know his wine.

Don Merrill, KBOO radio producer, journalist.

 Seven years with Armed Forces Radio and Television. Eleven years as a public relations specialist for the Federal Government. Four years with commercial radio and newspapers. Four years as a freelance writer specializing in feature and investigative reporting.

Goals include telling the little stories of big companies and the big stories of little companies for domestic and international reading audiences. My intention is to build a clientel of commercial, government and non-profit clients who turn to me to promote their work in consumer and trade, print and online publications by emphasizing the human side of that work. I am especially interested in the work of non-profits and am prone to donate work to good causes.

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Jess & Julia See New Ghostbusters

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by Jess DeNoto

Director of Events, Hatch Innovation

Spoiler warning: the following piece reveals information about the recent “Ghostbusters” reboot.

As the Hatch staff prepares for The Remedy Club—an evening of cocktails, conversations, and catharsis from challenging and pervasive topics—our own Director of Events, Jess DeNoto, along with her wife, Julia DeNoto, a panelist at last edition’s event, share their feelings about women on the big screen and the recent Ghostbusters remake.

This will be the year every girl is a ghostbuster for Halloween.  

— Julia DeNoto

Remember when SpiceWorld was considered the breakthrough for all things “Girl Power”?! I don’t know about you, but I didn’t look like a Spice Girl. Listen, Halloween is just over 3 weeks away, and I fully expect a whole new generation of children to be dressing up as Ghostbusters. Seriously, Jules is already ordering the pieces of our costumes.

I have now seen 4 badass women (with different personalities! And hair! And bodies! And no boyfriends or husbands!) wearing proton packs, shooting lasers at ghosts, from their freaking crotches, while the original theme song’s line of “bustin’ makes me feel good” plays in my head. GET IT?! Has any other blockbuster made me smile so hard and laugh so maniacally? Have I ever seen anything in recent history ace the Bechdel test besides Orange is the New Black?! (And that’s a rant for another day).

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Whether this movie was a commercial success or not, it gave these women the show, and (mostly) gave a misogynist playing field the bird.

Kate McKinnon is utterly dynamite as a brilliant, quirky, oft-flirtatious “Holtzman” (hahaha, get it, a MAN), and Leslie Jones was so damn real (not to mention so New York), seizing the scenes as a part of the new “club”.  I haven’t wanted to own an action figure since Scully and that first X-Files movie, which by default, is the good one. And Melissa McCarthy, bless my curves, is smart, funny, beautiful, and despite a bit of physical humor, there is never once a fat joke. She’s even shown buckling a belt! There are no issuesor more importantly, stupid jokes—as she’s fitting into the coveralls!

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Look, being a strong woman is no laughing matter, but having a sense of freaking humor as a comedy HERO, without ridiculing oneself or another person or gender is, sadly, remarkable. This movie is heroic, with four strong female forces. Whether this movie was a commercial success or not, it gave these women the show, and (mostly) gave a misogynist playing field the bird. I won’t spoil too much more, but there are so many scenes where men are in distress, or ineffective at saving the day, and YAHOO, symbolism.

Three things gave me a bit of pause: 1) While Chris Hemsworth owned the Australian male bimbo secretary and it delivered big laughs and smiles, the point of feminism isn’t reverse sexism… right? Right. 2) The rebooted theme song. The first round hurt my nostalgia, but a few scenes later, I was digging it, as the revamped GB hearse tore through the streets of Manhattan. Did I mention I’m from New York? 3) When you keep the socially-aware lens on (Keep. It. On.), it’s quickly apparent that there are THREE Caucasian women, which seems like much less of a stride when you’re hit with the modern American spectrum.

Kristen Wiig’s character, Erin, who’s also smart, nerdy, pretty, yadda yadda yadda, and attempting to secure her tenure at a prestigious college until her ghost-book past pops up (thanks to Melissa McCarthy’s ongoing studies and self-promotion at her obscure technical school), takes on ghosts in high heels and clearly has the hots for Chris Hemsworth, but besides a little bit of dance humping, never crosses the line. To be real, perhaps, neither of them let that happen.

P.S. What if the delivery boy and secretary swapped roles? What if “Lady Slimer” wasn’t so stereotypical?!

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HTF 012: How Green Is Weed – Sustainability and Cannabis with Cristian Koch

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Simon Love speaks with Cristian Koch, one of the founders of HIFI farms, located in Portland, OR.

“HIFI farms is a Clean Green Certified™ craft cannabis cultivation company” that is developing one of the most sustainable growing operations in the Pacific Northwest. Often overlooked in this booming industry is the impact and energy consumption of traditional cannabis cultivation techniques. HIFI’s unique approach using technology, and passive systems, allowed them to raise $2.8 million dollars for their startup farm.

Guest:

Cristian Koch
Founder and Chief Cultivator, HIFI Farms
Starting HIFI with a 3 other close friends, Cristian is a former musician, producer, and medical marijuana grower. His goal is to grow a fully sustainable and organic cannabis operation that utilizes technology and passive natural systems to decrease the impact of their business.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

      Cristian’s history and background as an entrepreneur.
      The unique advantages and challenges of growing cannabis both organically and sustainably.
      How the cultivation of soil is such an important component in their process.
      How they developed their unique technology system, which in some cases saves up to 90% of their traditional energy usage.
      The opportunity and profits that come from a focus on quality and sustainability vs. quantity and faster production.
      How they raised 2.8 million by inspiring younger investors looking to make a difference
      The importance of working with certifying bodies, and the future relationships that can develop.
      The Future of the Cannabis growing operations and their relationship to sustainability

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HTF 012: How Green Is Weed – Sustainability and Cannabis with Cristian Koch

Hatch the Future podcast - How Green Is Weed

Simon Love speaks with Cristian Koch, one of the founders of HIFI farms, located in Portland, OR.

“HIFI farms is a Clean Green Certified™ craft cannabis cultivation company” that is developing one of the most sustainable growing operations in the Pacific Northwest. Often overlooked in this booming industry is the impact and energy consumption of traditional cannabis cultivation techniques. HIFI’s unique approach using technology, and passive systems, allowed them to raise $2.8 million dollars for their startup farm.

Guest:

Cristian Koch
Founder and Chief Cultivator, HIFI Farms
Starting HIFI with a 3 other close friends, Cristian is a former musician, producer, and medical marijuana grower. His goal is to grow a fully sustainable and organic cannabis operation that utilizes technology and passive natural systems to decrease the impact of their business.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

      Cristian’s history and background as an entrepreneur.
      The unique advantages and challenges of growing cannabis both organically and sustainably.
      How the cultivation of soil is such an important component in their process.
      How they developed their unique technology system, which in some cases saves up to 90% of their traditional energy usage.
      The opportunity and profits that come from a focus on quality and sustainability vs. quantity and faster production.
      How they raised 2.8 million by inspiring younger investors looking to make a difference
      The importance of working with certifying bodies, and the future relationships that can develop.
      The Future of the Cannabis growing operations and their relationship to sustainability

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