PastureMap Wins CommonBond Social Impact Award of 2014!

We were thrilled to find out that Christine won the CommonBond Social Impact Award of 2014! Thanks to everyone for voting, and making PastureMap the first sustainable ag tech startup to ever win a national social impact award! Christine got to talk about why sustainable ranchers and grazing management are so important to the survival of our food system to a room of 300+ business leaders on July 26, 2014 at the CommonBond Award Ceremony.

Originally posted on the CommonBond Blog by David Klein on July 24, 2014:

And the Winner of the CommonBond Social Impact Award Is…

We’re excited to announce the winner of the first-ever CommonBond Social Impact Award: Christine Su, CEO and Co-founder of Summer Technologies! Summer Technologies is the first, and only, startup creating technology that enables sustainable cattle ranchers to maintain responsible grazing practices.

Among the 600+ nominations we received, Christine stood out as the country’s top MBA social entrepreneur for her strong entrepreneurial spirit, unparalleled dedication and commitment, likelihood to induce long-term impact, and her inspiring vision for solving the food crisis through sustainable agriculture technology.

Christine Su with David and Mike

Christine, who recently completed her joint MBA and Master’s in Land Use and Agriculture at Stanford, has distinguished herself with numerous accomplishments. She has worked as a ranch hand on a family-owned dairy in Japan, on a hazelnut nursery that is Bhutan’s biggest social venture, and Earthbound Farm in California, all with the goal of empowering ranchers to transform the food industry through technology. You can learn more here about how Summer Technologies and its beta product PastureMap are fixing the way we grow food.

Screenshot of Summer Technologies' first product, PastureMap

Screenshot of Summer Technologies’ first product, PastureMap

And we’d also like to give a special shout-out to First Runner Up, Ricky Ashenfelter of MIT Sloan, who founded Spoiler Alert, a startup that’s stopping food waste by getting food into the hands of those who will use it. (Check out his 90-second video on how Spoiler Alert is simultaneously minimizing food waste and creating business value.)

My fellow Selection Committee members, Pencils of Promise Founder Adam Braun and Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani, and I want to thank everyone who participated. It was a tough call among such incredible entrepreneurs, and we’re excited to see what next year’s CommonBond Social Impact Award brings.

CommonBond is excited to have awarded Christine the $5,000 prize to help take Summer Technologies to the next level. Stay tuned to our blog for more on Christine, and on our First Runner Up Ricky Ashenfelter.



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