The Production Board is a San Francisco-based technology incubator and investment holding company, aiming to improve the efficiency and economics of global food and agriculture markets. To realize this mandate, they conduct deep research into fundamental problems in the food and agriculture value chain, and identify opportunities where technology may enable new operating models or improved end products. They then fund, build, and capitalize companies based on core theses. In some cases, supplying capital and strategic partnership to external companies already pursuing this work. Learn more about The Production Board.
First Quarter: Onsite experiential learning with The Production Board in San Francisco
Start date flexible: following selection, join The Production Board for the first quarter in San Francisco in Fall 2019 (including $7,500 travel and accommodation allowance).
Explore The Production Board’s strategic ecosystem and extensive network of assets in evaluating and vetting competitive investment opportunities.
Learn what kind of companies and technologies are considered investable and engage with expert consortium members to understand opportunities in food/agriculture innovation.
Gain invaluable knowledge about what investors look for in entrepreneurs.
Second Quarter: Transition back to UC Davis, splitting time between research and virtual engagement with the Production Board
At UC Davis: upon second quarter return to Davis, continue to support The Production Board efforts in evaluating startups and selecting investable ventures that address selected challenges in the food system.
The fellow will work closely with The Production Board staff through virtual means, but support is provided for regular in-person meetings as needed.
Third and Fourth Quarters: De-risking technology/product/process concept
The selection committee considers applications in accordance with the following criteria:
Resume doctoral research: for remaining two quarters, practice applying The Production Board learnings to conclude research activities, exploring the greatest impact and best route to market.
Enrich learning: through on-campus Entrepreneurship Academy and business plan development, identify potential investors and research the target landscape.
Support from: monthly face-to-face meetings with the IIFH (virtual or in-person as needed).
In conclusion: provide a brief report on the results and impact of the fellowship, and present at the annual Innovator Summit.