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This page features highlights from the VF Venture Foundry quarterly newsletter where we share news on startups and innovations in the focus areas of nature, body, mind and the spaces in between, as well as interviews with innovation and entrepreneurship experts. You can find the full version of the newsletter at the bottom of the page.

What’s New

What’s New

  • Fall 2022 Innovation Challenge: The VF Venture Foundry team heard from some great entrepreneurs in the nature, body, and mind spaces at the Fall 2022 Innovation Challenge! Kerry Gallivan, the founder of Chimani will move forward as a VF Venture Foundry fellow. Chimani is a startup that helps users get the most out of their U.S. national and state parks experience in an accessible and fun way.
  • Out & Back: One of VF Venture Foundry's first startups, Out & Back Outdoor, a managed marketplace for used outdoor gear, has secured seed round funding. Congratulations to founder Barruch Ben-Zekry and his team!
  • VF Venture Foundry Video: Check out the new VF Venture Foundry video below!
Nature, Body, Mind news

Nature, Body, Mind news

  • Outdoor recreation economy thriving: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis has released economic data exhibiting that outdoor recreation generates $862 billion in economic output and 4.5 million jobs. Read more here.
  • A health tracker that is charged by you: The Baracoda BHeart uses energy harvesting technology to recharge itself through motion, body heat, as well as ambient light, to give the wearer “endless battery”. Read more here.
  • A wearable for your brain: The FRENZ Brainband from tech company Earable Neuroscience presents a wearable that can track and stimulate brain activity. Read more here.
Featured Startups

Featured Startups

  • Guidesly is a mobile App connecting outdoor enthusiasts with high quality fishing guides. Read more here.
  • Spora Health is a primary care provider designed for people of color. Read more here.
  • Earable is a neuroscience company that created the FRENZ™ Brainband which stimulates your brain based on precise neurofeedback signals using scientifically proven techniques to enhance sleep, focus, and relaxation. Read more here.

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