The founder and chief excitement officer of a regional organization focused on food accessibility will be the next speaker in the Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at Western Michigan University’s Haworth College of Business.
Jeremy Andrews will speak at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in 2150 Schneider Hall. The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made below or by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available in Fetzer Center Lot 72F.
Sprout is a Battle Creek-based regional nonprofit whose mission is to help people prosper through food, education and enterprise.
The organization began in 2009 when Andrews used his passion for community organizing to align local foodies and conservationists into a collective then known as Sprout Urban Farms. Andrews became CEO in 2011, and since then, the organization has raised more than $2 million in grants and nearly $1 million in annual revenue.
The organization focuses on increasing food accessibility through garden assistance, mobile markets, community education, and encouraging youth-owned enterprises, among many other initiatives. One of the initiatives, the Sprout Box, is a customizable box of produce and locally made products that aims to remove barriers to accessing fresh, local food.
Sprout also runs an incubator kitchen and farm, providing aspiring food business entrepreneurs with a place to create or grow their businesses.
Andrews is a social entrepreneur and activist with a passion for starting and helping others start businesses.
About the Entrepreneurship Forum
Entrepreneurship Forum is a monthly series sponsored by BlueOx Credit Union and hosted by Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business. The forum brings stories of entrepreneurs and startup success to the greater Kalamazoo community.
For more information or to suggest an entrepreneur who should be considered for the series, please email Alyssa Benson.
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