As founder and CEO of Branchfood, Lauren Abda provides a community workspace for food entrepreneurs who, she says, are seeking to “build new products, new services, new technologies, new platforms that help evolve our food system to a more sustainable environmentally-friendly and healthier space.”
For Lauren, the value of community cannot be understated. In addition to a food-focused workspace, Lauren runs an annual conference in Boston called Food Edge. The two-day gathering brings together food innovators in Boston to share ideas and to help establish Boston as a city on the frontier of food innovation.
Although working with food entrepreneurs is her passion, Lauren finds herself interested in what business leaders in other industries are doing around Boston. Forbes Councils events are one way she connects with fellow entrepreneurs and professionals in the Boston area, most of whom are outside of her industry.
“There’s so much value in collaborating and borrowing from other industries here that the Forbes Councils has helped me get exposure to,” Lauren says. “Meeting people at the wonderful gatherings they host — the dinners, the networking events — has been very eye-opening to see where there are other pockets of innovation around Boston and what other industries are up to here.”
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