FoodCon is an annual conference that celebrates the food and agri-business community. The business schools of UNC, NC State University, and Duke University co-sponsor this one-day conference each year. UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Net Impact Chapter will host the 7th annual MBA FoodCon virtually on Friday, February 12th, 2021. Our goal is to bring together a diverse audience of students, community members, and business professionals who have a shared interest in the sustainable food industry. We aim to increase the awareness and understanding of the sustainable food industry as well as support and grow the industry here in North Carolina and throughout the country.
Theme: Resilience, Creativity, and the Future of Food
This year’s conference theme is “Resilience, Creativity, and the Future of Food.” The conference will focus on stories of how the food industry has thrived and adapted in the current COVID environment, as well as innovations that will lead the food and agribusiness industry into the future as we enter this new decade.
Each year more than 200 students and community members attend FoodCon. While the event is hosted by professional clubs of their respective business schools, the event is open to environmental, engineering, and policy students as well as food business professionals.
FoodCon began at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2014. The conference brought together a diverse range of speakers to discuss current trends and issues in the sustainable food industry. In 2015, the conference moved to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and became a partnership between UNC, Duke and NC State. For the 2016-17 academic year, the event was held at NC State University, and has since rotated between the three business schools each year.
FoodCon 2020-2021 is hosted by UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Net Impact Club in collaboration with Duke Fuqua’s MBA Food and Agriculture Club and the NC State Net Impact Club.