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Chipotle’s New Accelerator Program Will Promote Sustainable Food Production

By Kristin Hunt

Chipotle is hoping to boost the brightest minds in farming and food recovery through a new accelerator program, which was just announced last week. The Chipotle Aluminaries Project will provide budding companies with coaching, bootcamp lessons, and plenty of burritos to help them scale their businesses for a wider audience.

This new project is an extension of Chipotle’s charitable arm, the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation. The organization promotes regenerative agriculture practices and better farming techniques, making the new accelerator program a natural fit. But while the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation will sponsor the project, its nonprofit partner Uncharted will actually host and run it. 

Uncharted and Chipotle Cultivate will select eight applicants to join the seven-month-long project, focusing on companies in the fields of alternative farming, farming and agriculture technology, food waste and recovery, and plant and alternative products. Both non- and for-profit ventures are welcome to apply, but they’ll have to wait until September 12, when the submission process begins.