Job description

We are on a mission to build a regenerative and circular food system by co-founding new mission-driven ventures. And we want you to join us.

We are looking for people with the ambition to transform our food system and have the entrepreneurial itch to address the world's most critical challenges.

The Program

The Fresh pre-studio program is a venture-building program through which we build ventures from scratch that accelerate the transition to a regenerative and circular food system. It consists of 3 months of team building, systems insights into the food system, and the early phases of venture building. You join the Fresh program as an individual, armed with the passion to build a better system, the ambition to start a venture, and the capacity to think and do at a high level.

Fresh connects you with an ecosystem of experts and stakeholders who can accelerate your journey, helps match you with potentially life-long teammates and co-founders, and helps further your understanding of the challenges within the food system and the more promising pathways for transforming it.

At the end of the program, high-performing teams will have the opportunity to join the Fresh Studio, co-founding a steward-owned venture together with the Fresh studio team.


  • The program starts with a light digital program in the second half of April, 2023. This is a releatively minimal time commitment and can be done alongside other responsibilities. 
  • The bulk of the program is a full-time, in-person program that runs from May 7 until July 21, 2023. This program takes place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

What do we offer:

  1. Co-founder matching: Processes that help match you with 1-2 complementary and mission-aligned teammates
  2. Strong network: Access to a high-quality network of mission-driven experts, investors, practitioners, partners, and financiers to get your venture started
  3. Stipend and workspaces: Resources to cover basic costs of housing alongside spaces for teamwork and getting things done
  4. Founder community: The opportunity to join a close-knit cohort of mission-driven people
  5. Systemic approach: Comprehensive understanding of systems thinking applied to the food system
  6. Deep expertise: The state of the biggest challenges in the food system, the opportunity spaces most in need of attention, and a library of existing ventures, institutions, and other resources
  7. Earmarked capital: From core investors that are mission-aligned and ready to invest
  8. Structure for impact: Steward ownership approaches that safeguard the mission of your venture
  9. Long-term support: Through a growing community of practice

Job requirements

What do you bring:

  1. Tremendous drive to transform the food system 
  2. Intention to start a venture as a long-term commitment, as well as the grit and perseverance to push through challenges
  3. Affinity for experimentation, innovation, and challenging the status quo
  4. Comfort with uncertainty: intent on listening, learning, and challenging your assumptions
  5. Energy to mobilize supporters and meet the needs of key stakeholders
  6. Capacity to analyze and solve difficult problems
  7. Ability to communicate your thoughts and ideas clearly and with multiple perspectives in mind