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Joshua Tetrick was named Rookie of the Year as a linebacker with West Virginia University. He went on to graduate from the University of Michigan Law School and Cornell University as a Fulbright Scholar. Since then he has taught street children in Nigeria and South Africa, led a United Nations business initiative in Kenya, lead a sustainable supply-chain initiative with Citigroup and reformed Liberia’s investment laws.

Tetrick is the CEO and founder of 33needs, an investment platform that connects social entrepreneurs to micro-investments. In 2011 Tetrick developed Hampton Creek, an organization dedicated to bringing affordable, healthy and sustainable food to people around the world. Hampton Creek was featured in Bill Gates’s documentary, The Future of Food, in 2013, and listed in CNBC’s “Disruptor 50” in 2014.

Tetrick has been interviewed by CBS This Morning, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Inc., CNBC, CNN, Popular Science, Bloomberg Businessweek, NPR, The New York Times, and many more. In 2014 he was named in Inc.’s “35 Under 35” list. He has delivered keynotes at TechWeek Chicago, World Food Prize’s Borlaug Dialogue, Inc.’s 5000 conference, the Pioneer’s Festival in Vienna and The Summit in Dublin. Through hundreds of events across the country, Tetrick has used his diverse experience to help young people do good and well at the same time.

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Josh Tetrick — a social entrepreneur, writer, and speaker — has led a United Nations business initiative in Kenya, worked for both former President Clinton and the president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and taught street children as a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria and South Africa

After earning defensive rookie of the year as a linebacker with West Virginia University, Josh applied his energy on the field to pursuing a career for good off the field.

Whether advising and investing in sustainable business models with the UN in Kenya; leading a sustainable supply-chain initiative with Citigroup; or founding a company to connect good companies with funding, Josh is committed to helping organizations find profit through purpose.

Through hundreds of events across the country, Josh has used his diverse experiences to help young people understand – and act on – the map of opportunities to do good and well at the same time.

His on-the-ground experience leading the reform of Liberia’s investment laws brought him into contact with hundreds of creative entrepreneurs with big ideas, but little capital. Josh is aiming to solve this problem, as the founder and CEO of 33needs, an investment platform that connects social entrepreneurs to micro-investments.

Tetrick developed the idea for Hampton Creek with his best friend, Josh Balk, in June, 2011. The idea stemmed from issues both had noticed in the global food system. He began initial business plans and meetings with Khosla Ventures, a Palo Alto-based venture capital firm later that summer. Hampton Creek received its first round of funding in December, 2011 and a second round (after a relocation to San Francisco) in June, 2012.

Tetrick has been interviewed for his work with Hampton Creek in a variety of publications and media outlets including: CBS This Morning, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Inc., CNBC, CNN, Popular Science, Bloomberg Businessweek, NPR, The New York Times, and others. In March 2013, Tetrick and Hampton Creek became one of only three companies to be featured in Bill Gates’ documentary, The Future of Food. In June 2013 Tetrick presented at a TED conference in Edmonton, Canada with a presentation on the future of food.

In June 2014, Inc. named Tetrick to its annual “35 Under 35 list.” That same month, CNBC named Hampton Creek to its annual “Disruptor 50″ list and invited Tetrick to appear live on air with Jim Cramer. His credibility in business has also led him to be a coveted speaker at business conferences. In 2014, he keynoted TechWeek Chicago and is scheduled to keynote the World Food Prize’s Borlaug DialogueInc.’s 5000 conference, the Pioneer’s Festival in Vienna, and The Summit in Dublin later in the year.

Josh, a Fulbright Scholar, is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Cornell University.


Joshua Tetrick Speaker Videos Back to top

Josh Tetrick: The Future of Food


At "TEDx Edmonton", Tetrick spoke on “The Future of Food.” He told a story about “how we feed ourselves” around the world. He explained that “food is a broken system,” and the way to fix it is through innovation and the power of technology.

Tetrick asked the question, “What does feeding 7.1 billion people look like?” He provided the example of industrial warehouses in the US, which produce eggs. He described in detail the unsanitary and inhumane conditions in these warehouses. He explained how these types of facilities are “devastating to the environment,” creating huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.

Tetrick stated “we feed more food to the animals we eat than to the 1.3 billion people who go to bed hungry every night.” He concluded that the only way to “feed an exploding world” without destroying the environment is through “absolute and complete reinvention.”

NEXT Innovation Summit: Josh Tetrick, Keynote Speech


Thought for Food – Josh Tetrick



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Tetrick is committed to helping organizations find profit through purpose. Josh Tetrick speaking topics include:
  • How you can thrive as a social entrepreneur or intrepreneur
  • How you can harness your career or your business for social and environmental benefits while at the same time creating a career or business path on which you can emotionally, spiritually, and financially thrive.
  • Profitable micro-investing – capitalizing businesses that both help the planet and empower those living on incomes barely adequate to survive improve their lot in life.




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Tetrick is committed to helping organizations find profit through purpose. Josh Tetrick speaking topics include:
  • How you can thrive as a social entrepreneur or intrepreneur
  • How you can harness your career or your business for social and environmental benefits while at the same time creating a career or business path on which you can emotionally, spiritually, and financially thrive.
  • Profitable micro-investing – capitalizing businesses that both help the planet and empower those living on incomes barely adequate to survive improve their lot in life.


Josh Tetrick: The Future of Food


At "TEDx Edmonton", Tetrick spoke on “The Future of Food.” He told a story about “how we feed ourselves” around the world. He explained that “food is a broken system,” and the way to fix it is through innovation and the power of technology.

Tetrick asked the question, “What does feeding 7.1 billion people look like?” He provided the example of industrial warehouses in the US, which produce eggs. He described in detail the unsanitary and inhumane conditions in these warehouses. He explained how these types of facilities are “devastating to the environment,” creating huge amounts of greenhouse gas emissions.

Tetrick stated “we feed more food to the animals we eat than to the 1.3 billion people who go to bed hungry every night.” He concluded that the only way to “feed an exploding world” without destroying the environment is through “absolute and complete reinvention.”

NEXT Innovation Summit: Josh Tetrick, Keynote Speech


Thought for Food – Josh Tetrick