A bread and butter letter is a letter of thanks for hospitality…our version is full of gratitude, thank-yous and advice and will feature founders we’ve backed, our team, and friends of B&B.

Caroline Cotto, the co-founder and COO of Renewal Mill, is passionate about upcycled food, in large part due to the enormous impact it can have in the global climate crisis. “Reducing food waste is the number one most important thing we can do to prevent two degrees of global climate warming,” she says. “At our core, that’s the problem Renewal Mill is solving. …


An Update on our Fund Values & Commitments

Just over one year ago, sparked by the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Minneapolis was thrust into a national moment of reckoning about racial justice. The conversations spanned a range of industries, including our own lens of venture capital and tech entrepreneurship. A number of local organizations pledge local commitments (and Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal just published an update on them).

As part of BLCK VC’s #BeTheChange, we are publishing our diversity metrics for 2020 publicly and have made a donation to HBCU VC to support…


A bread and butter letter is a letter of thanks for hospitality…our version is full of gratitude, thank-yous and advice and will feature founders we’ve backed, our team, and friends of B&B.

The Bread and Butter team is thrilled to introduce our summer intern Anaa Jibicho! Anaa, a refugee from Ethiopia who grew up in Minnesota will be working closely with the whole team over the next couple of months. …


A bread and butter letter is a letter of thanks for hospitality…our version is full of gratitude, thank-yous and advice and will feature founders we’ve backed, our team, and friends of B&B.

Fabricio Pezente is the Founder and CEO of Traive, a startup that builds the bridge between farmers and lenders while creating value for all stakeholders in the ag-financing supply chain. Traive recently issued the worlds’ first green financing for a pool of farmers in Brazil, directly funding them, without intermediaries or labeled use of proceeds, only the need for farmers to keep their practices sustainable. …


A bread and butter letter is a letter of thanks for hospitality…our version is full of gratitude, thank-yous and advice and will feature founders we’ve backed, our team, and friends of B&B.

Chinmay Soman is the CEO and founder of EarthSense, a startup creating the robots and AI that will help us run our planet better. Chinmay points out that humanity faces unprecedented challenges over the next century, with accelerating climate change, growing population, and collapsing ecosystems. He launched Earthsense to help create crops that consume fewer resources, are resilient to climate shocks, and produce better food.

EarthSense’s under-canopy robot…


A bread and butter letter is a letter of thanks for hospitality…our version is full of gratitude, thank-yous and advice and will feature founders we’ve backed, our team, and friends of B&B.

We’re switching things up this time by sharing our own Mary Grove’s Bread and Butter Letter. Mary, a Managing Partner at B&B, leads our healthtech practice and co-leads Enterprise SaaS with partner Brett Brohl. The last 3 investments she has led have been into companies led by women. …


A bread and butter letter is a letter of thanks for hospitality…our version is full of gratitude, thank-yous and advice and will feature founders we’ve backed, our team, and friends of B&B.

Kobby Amoah is the CEO and Founder of River Health, an affordable health plan designed to take care of your everyday health needs without breaking the bank. They combine excellent care from doctors with wellness services like nutrition and meditation to create a holistic healthcare experience.

River is continuing to expand its US footprint — its newest market is B&B’s home state of MN where the team is…


A bread and butter letter is a letter of thanks for hospitality…our version is full of gratitude, thank-yous and advice and will feature founders we’ve backed, our team, and friends of B&B.

2021 promises to be a busy year for EIO Diagnostics’ CEO and Co-Founder Tamara Leigh — EIO will be rolling out their innovative product to the market later this year. They use advanced image analysis and machine learning to build practical tools that farmers use to improve the health and wellbeing of their livestock, starting with early detection of mastitis in dairy cows. …


A bread and butter letter is a letter of thanks for hospitality…our version is full of gratitude, thank-yous and advice and will feature founders we’ve backed, our team, and friends of B&B.

Dr. Tye Caldwell has been a luminary in the beauty industry for years but only a tech startup founder for a few years. He and his wife Courtney Caldwell co-founded ShearShare, an ML-enabled marketplace that provides access to affordable B2B tools for self-employed stylists, starting with space to work.


A bread and butter letter is a letter of thanks for hospitality…our version is full of gratitude, thank-yous and advice and will feature founders we’ve backed, our team, and friends of B&B.

Francesco Aimone is the CEO and Founder of Induction Food Systems, an industrial hardware startup developing advanced fluid heating equipment to make food & beverage and chemical manufacturing more efficient and sustainable. The Raleigh, NC based company recently closed a deal with Lubrizol for the purchase of one of their systems and received funding as part of a $3.5M …

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