Innovation Keynote

Kavita Shukla  

Wednesday, March 15
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Kavita Shukla is an entrepreneur who is changing the world, one piece of paper at a time.

Shukla is the Founder & CEO of Fenugreen, a social enterprise taking on the massive global challenge of food waste with a simple innovation, FreshPaper. Her incredible story of simple beginnings, ingenuity and empowerment has made her an inspiration for young entrepreneurs, women in business, and social innovators alike.

Since Shukla launched FreshPaper at a Cambridge, Massachusetts farmer’s market, the product has spread to farmers and families worldwide, as well as selling with retailers across the United States, including Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon and Ace Hardware. Shukla and her company, Fenugreen, are now establishing initiatives to benefit local food banks in the United States and small-scale farmers in the developing world. 

Shukla holds four patents, and has received several international honors as an inventor, designer, and entrepreneur, including the INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award – the world’s largest prize for design.  

Kavita Shukla’s work has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Oprah Magazine, Glamour and The Today Show. Kavita was also recently featured as one of the “7 Entrepreneurs Changing the World” by Fast Company and on the Forbes “30 under 30” list. In 2016, she was named to TIME Magazine's "5 Most Innovative Women in Food." She holds a BA from Harvard University.

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