Synopses & Reviews
More and more entrepreneurs are using food-based businesses to solve social and environmental problems - and yet the majority of them report that a lack of access to capital prevents them from launching, maintaining, or growing their ventures. Raising Dough
is an unprecedented guide to the full range of financing options available to support sustainable food businesses.Raising Dough
provides valuable insights into the world of finance, including:
- descriptions of various capital options, including traditional debt and equity, government grant and loan programs, and cutting-edge models such as crowdfunding and community-based alternatives
- guiding questions to help determine which capital options are the most appropriate given the size, stage, entity type, growth plans, mission, and values of an enterprise
- case studies and testimonials highlighting the experiences of food system entrepreneurs who have been there before, including both success stories and cautionary tales
- referrals to sources of capital, financiers, investor networks, and other financial resources.
Written primarily for people managing socially responsible food businesses, the resources and tips covered in this book will benefit social entrepreneurs - and their investors - working in any sector.
"Elizabeth ü has created a formidable one-stop guide to the brass tacks of building a successful sustainable food business. For everyone who's ever wanted to turn their passion for sustainable food into a thriving business, this book is for you."--Anna Lappé, founder Real Food Media Project and author, Diet for a Hot Planet
"Where has this book been all my life? This step-by-step guidebook to financing food businesses is vitally needed today. In this rapidly evolving field, Raising Dough is a key contribution."--Marjorie Kelly, Tellus Institute fellow and author of Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution
About the Author
Elizabeth Ü is executive director of Finance for Food, a nonprofit that educates food-system entrepreneurs in the United States about the full range of financing options available to support them. She is also a financing and strategy consultant with Cutting Edge Capital. Her passion is helping food-based business owners identify appropriate—and mission-aligned—financing opportunities based on their unique situations and values.Elizabeth has extensive experience at the intersection of sustainable food systems and social finance. She previously served as manager of strategic development at RSF Social Finance, helping launch a loan fund to support high-impact, sustainable food ventures. She has served on staff at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), and spent two years as program officer of Slow Money, then a project of Investors' Circle. Elizabeth regularly speaks and gives workshops on the topics of impact investing, social finance, and sustainable food systems at conferences geared toward foundations, financiers, investors, philanthropists, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs.A Food and Community Fellow of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Elizabeth holds a BS in geography from McGill University and an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School. She lives in San Francisco, California.