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Food tech entrepreneur Riana Lynn

Riana Lynn has chalked up more high-powered experiences at age 30 than most people accumulate in a lifetime. Since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008, she has founded three startups, managed high-profile projects at the White House and secured a coveted spot as a Google entrepreneur-in-residence. Lynn is now negotiating the sale of her third food-related venture – FoodTrace,
a software platform and suite of services for food suppliers — and planning the launch of a fourth.
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The net result of her breathless past decade? A laser focus on what she cares about most deeply — creating impact, transforming the nation’s food system and changing the face of the nation’s tech community. “I really just want to continue to build, to
try to impact my community and get more minority entrepreneurs doing well,” she said.

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Tom and Jenny’s Candy

As a dentist with a sweet tooth herself, Dr. Jenny couldn’t believe how few healthy candy options there were and how disappointing most sugar-free candy tasted. She and her husband Tom decided to cook countless batches of candy in their home kitchen to create the perfect combination of healthy ingredients and amazing flavors. Dr. Jenny is a mother, daughter of a diabetic, and a practicing Board Certified Pediatric Dentist. She trained at UNC Chapel Hill’s Dental School and at St. Barnabas
Hospital in New York. She also founded Nourish International, a global non-profit with development projects in nearly 30 countries.
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The net result of her breathless past decade? A laser focus on what she cares about most deeply — creating impact, transforming the nation’s food system and changing the face of the nation’s tech community. “I really just want to continue to build, to
try to impact my community and get more minority entrepreneurs doing well,” she said.

Impact Dashboard

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