Black Founders powering the food revolution


Who are the upcoming food startups that has the potential to be the next IPO opportunity waiting to happen? It’s the startups led by Founders who are transforming the way we think, eat and live. Their revolutionary ideas have helped make food accessible for under-served communities, to developing breakthrough technologies that offer solutions to agriculture. These startups have the potential to transform the food industry and become household names.

Ibraheem Basir, CEO and Founder of A Dozen Cousins

A Dozen Cousins is a curated line of healthy Caribbean –Latin food products. Founder Ibraheem Basir named the food startup after his daughter and her 11 cousins. All of the company’s assortment of products are sourced with the idea of providing fresh ingredients, with no additives, GMO or artificial flavors. The A Dozens Cousins brand is committed to helping under-served communities access healthy food options. Each year the company donates its profits to nonprofit organizations that are working to eliminate socio-economic health disparities in the U.S.

Photo Credit: Might be Vegan

Kimberly Barnes, Founder of Might Be Vegan is on a mission to help Black and Brown communities eat healthy by way of a plant based diet. Barnes recently launched the Food Love by Might be Vegan program. Food Love is an initiative dedicated to providing access to healthy food options to under-served communities, including those living in low-income areas. Many of Barnes’ customers experience food insecurity, this includes access to healthy plant-based food options. Food insecurity is described as a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active and healthy life. In the United States, 1 in 9 people struggle with hunger. Most poverty stricken areas have no access to supermarkets, super centers, and large grocery stores which limits access to a variety of healthy and affordable food options. The recent health pandemic has left cash strapped families struggling to find healthy food alternatives. More than