Kavita Shukla

Kavita Shukla
Founder & CEO

Kavita Shukla is founder & CEO of Fenugreen, a social enterprise taking on the massive global challenge of food waste with a simple innovation, FreshPaper. Her incredible story of simple beginnings, belief and empowerment has inspired millions worldwide.

As an inventor, designer and entrepreneur, Shukla holds four patents and has received several, international honors—including INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award. Her work has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, Oprah Magazine, Glamour and The Today Show. Kavita also is one of Fast Company’s “7 Entrepreneurs Changing the World” and Forbes’ “30 under 30.”

The Power of Simple 

Kavita Shukla’s breakthrough design—FreshPaper, a simple, spice-infused paper that keeps food fresh—began as a middle school science project. Shukla began selling her product out of a stall in a Cambridge, MA, farmers’ market. Now it’s been heralded by everyone from The New York Times to Oprah for its potential to address the massive global challenges of food waste and hunger. In this talk, Shukla shares the story of how FreshPaper came to be, and the challenges she’s faced—and overcome—in her journey as a designer, "accidental entrepreneur," businesswoman and activist for global social change.