7 Food Startups | TopMBA.com

7 Food Startups


Updated September 8, 2014 Updated September 8, 2014

Revolution FoodsRevolution Foods

Founded by two MBA graduates from the Haas School of Business, Kirsten Tobey and Kristin Richmond, Revolution Foods delivers healthy school meals and nutrition education to schools throughout the United States. In addition to school meals, Revolution Foods provides schools with vending machines full of healthy foods (which means no high fructose corn syrup or trans fats) and produces their own line of snack food.


Cup and CompassCup & Compass

Located in the Columbia Business Labs Cup & Compass beat out a mobile manicure business and a premium mobile toilet distributor at this year edition of the Columbia Outrageous Business Plan Competition. Cup & Compass makes dispensers containing healthier, non-carbonated drinks such as Sublimeade and Horchata Especial. Their goal is to replace the soda served at fast casual chains with natural beverages. Currently, Cup & Compass drinks can be found at Dos Toros Taqeria locations in NYC.



Another food-related startup that won the Columbia Outrageous Business Plan competition is the environmentally friendly pizza box company, Greenbox. Co-founded by Columbia Business School EMBA grad Jennifer Wright, Greenbox is a pizza box that can be divided up into paper plates. Greenbox isn't just limited to pizza, however, as the company is launching packaging for donuts, wings and hoagies, as well as a coffee carrier.



Based out of the Columbia Business Lab, Urbavour is a service designed to make it easier for New Yorkers to get farmer's market quality food by delivering it to their door. While Urbavour is currently in its developing stages, you can sign up for updates on when the service will be available.




Clean PlatesClean Plates

Endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Clean Plates provides restaurant reviews, news and tips to help people find healthy sustainable food. In addition to Zagat-style guidebooks, Clean Plates also has Yelp-style online review sites for New York, Brooklyn and LA, as well as an iPhone app.



Love with FoodLove with Food

Love with Food is a Birchbox-style subscription service with a philanthropic foodie spin. Love with Food delivers gourmet foods by mail each month and a meal is donated whenever anyone buys a subscription. Love with Food recently raised more than $645,000 in seed funding.



Foodspotting is a mobile app that allows people to recommend restaurant dishes, and not just the restaurants themselves. Over two million people use the Foodspotting app.



If we missed any great food startups -- MBA-founded or otherwise -- please let us know by leaving a note in the comments section.



This article was originally published in August 2013 . It was last updated in September 2014

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