3rd Annual Social Entrepreneurship Summit
CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEARS WINNERS!
Natasha Graves, Fox School of Business & Management ‘18
TiP the LLC
Nick Lagnese, College of Engineering ‘20
Emma Blosfelds, Fox School of Business & Management ‘20
Mia Mangosong, Fox School of Business & Management ’22
Kourtney Thompson, Fox School of Business & Management ‘21
John Hallenbeck, Fox School of Business & Management ‘20
Eric Oberholtzer, Co-founder of Tender Greens
Erik Oberholtzer is the co-founder of Tender Greens, a pioneering fine casual brand founded in Los Angeles, CA in 2006 with a mission to democratize good food. A Temple alumnus with an degree in Psychology from the College of Liberal Arts, Erik went on to Johnson and Wales University for his culinary degree to pursue his passion in food.
A vision of the future, he continues to drive as a Food Forever Champion on global biodiversity for the Crop Trust with whom he cooks globally alongside the world’s leading chefs. In 2019, Erik joined the College of Liberal Arts’ Board of Visitors to serve as an advisor to the Dean. This same year he joined the Rodale Institute’s board in 2019 to help drive awareness around soil health, regenerative organic agriculture and food as medicine.
These board positions are in recognition of his leadership bridging sustainability, conscious capitalism and entrepreneurship. In 2009, he founded The Sustainable Life Program, a six month paid culinary internship program with a mission to provide a path forward for foster youth. Many of the students now hold leadership positions at Tender Greens, serving as beacons of success and inspiration to those at the edge of society.
In 2019, Erik joined Cohere as an advisor to founders of conscious brands as they navigate the headwinds of scale. With the success of Tender Greens, he provides a founder-centered roadmap to growth with emphasis on culture, supply chain integrity and long term strategic planning. Currently he is advising brands that are putting the health of people and the planet first, such as The Butcher’s Daughter in NYC/LA, Pocono Organic’s regenerative farm and HipCity Veg in Philadelphia.
Prior to founding Tender Greens Erik worked as a chef in many of California’s best restaurants. This chef identity informs his intense dedication to ingredient providence, technique and deliciousness without compromise. A daily practice of meditation, fitness and good food helps Erik show up with a calm demeanor in a dynamic world. Erik is based in Brooklyn, NY where he can be found enjoying thoughtful meals with friends.
Past Social Entrepreneurship Summit Winners!
Cibux by Khai Nguyen, College of Science and Technology ‘21
Earth Cycle by James Seykot, Klein College of Media and Communications ‘19
Lingua by Pooja Rampabhu, Fox School of Business ‘21
Organic Oasis by Alexa Gingerich, College of Liberal Arts ‘18
Project Green by Christopher Christensen, Fox School of Business
The ReTired Project by Luke Moran, University Studies ‘22
VGN4U by Abigail Misbin, Fox School of Business ‘21
Airapy by Rachel Cox, Fox School of Business ‘18
Building Relationships in Communities (BRIC) by Veronica Ayala-Flores, Tyler School of Art ‘16
Dwell City, LLC by Ijanae Jackson, Fox School of Business ‘20
GreenBox by Joseph Peters, Tyler School of Art
Let’s Dance by Christina Castro-Tauser, School of Theater, Film, & Media Arts ‘18
Nebula Talent Group by Will Bubenik, School of Sport, Tourism, & Hospitality Management ‘18