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Greg Steltenpohl Pragmatic Visionary Award

Community Foundation Sonoma County

Due January 15, 2023


About

The mission of the Greg Steltenpohl Pragmatic Visionary Award is to support early-stage entrepreneurs working to create a more positive, plant-centric food system.

The Greg Steltenpohl Pragmatic Visionary Award seeks to encourage and support innovators, entrepreneurs, and change makers building a more positive, plant-centric food system. With a $100,000 annual prize, the award celebrates vision in action and values manifested through businesses that generate personal, community, and planetary health. 


Eligibility

  • Be an established for-profit business or intend to use business as a means for change.

  • Operate in the broader food-system. Ventures at any stage of the supply-chain are welcome, this not limited to consumer-facing products.

  • Be plant-centric. Companies need not explicitly identify as a vegan or plant-based, though a more plant-centric food system should be a result of their work.

  • Be early-stage. The award committee will seek to support ventures for which $100,000 will be of material difference to the team’s success.


Terms

Applications will be evaluated using the following four core values:

  • Systems Entrepreneurship: A holistic understanding of the food system that leads to purposeful engagement with one or any number of interconnected issues of the food system such as personal well-being, environmental health, equity and access, inherent at the core of the enterprise and its design.

  • Pragmatic Vision: The ability to define a more positive future while maintaining a bias for action; recognition that positive transformation is an ongoing process free from perfection.

  • Ethical Leadership: A values driven mindset that benefits a broad and diverse group of stakeholders (consumers, employees, producers, mission participants) particularly in the areas of diversity, inclusion, justice, and security.

  • Creative Transformation: Working to evolve commerce and culture from ego-centric to community and eco-centric organization.


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Details

Release Date

October 1, 2022

Deadline

January 15, 2023

Organization

Community Foundation Sonoma County

Financial Instrument

Grant

Minimum Award Amount

$100,000

Maximum Award Amount

$100,000

Total Program Funding

$100,000

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Elaine Casap


Updated November 26, 2022

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