Kavita Shukla

The best ideas—like a sheet of paper that prevents food spoilage—are often the simplest ideas.

Founder & CEO of Fenugreen

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Kavita Shukla | Founder & CEO of Fenugreen
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Kavita Shukla is the groundbreaking social entrepreneur behind FreshPaper, a biodegradable paper that creates a brilliant solution to the global issue of food waste. FreshPaper landed Shukla on three important lists: Forbes’ “30 under 30,” Fast Company’s “7 Entrepreneurs Changing the World,” and TIME’s “Five Most Innovative Women in Food.” Shukla’s ingenuity makes her an inspiration for young entrepreneurs, women in business, and social innovators alike. 

Kavita Shukla is the Founder and CEO of Fenugreen, a social enterprise taking on the massive global challenge of food waste with FreshPaper, a simple innovation for keeping food fresh. She holds four patents and has received several international honours as an inventor and entrepreneur. She was the youngest woman ever to receive the INDEX Design to Improve Life Award—the world’s largest prize for design, presented by the Crown Princess of Denmark—which she received for FreshPaper’s potential to change the global food system. FreshPaper started as Kavita’s middle school science project, inspired by a home remedy from her grandmother in India. Shukla began selling handmade FreshPaper at a local farmer’s market in Cambridge, MA. Today, FreshPaper is used by farmers and families across the globe, and Fenugreen has partnered with some of the largest retailers in the world.

 

“Smarter than even the smartest technology.”

The Washington Post

Shukla’s story of simple beginnings, belief, and empowerment has inspired millions worldwide. She has spoken about the power of simple ideas at the White House, the United Nations, SXSW, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, TEDxManhattan, Harvard University, MIT, and Johns Hopkins University. She was recently invited to testify before the United States Congress about how her simple innovation went global. She was also a featured speaker at the Women in the World Summit, along with Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey.

 

Shukla’s innovations and her quest to take on global food waste have been featured by CNN, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Fortune, The Washington Post, The Economist, Oprah Magazine, Glamour, and The Today Show. She has been inducted into the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors, and was a First Place Winner at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. She holds a BA from Harvard University.

Speech Topics

Social Entrepreneurship
Changing the World, One Piece of Paper at a Time
Kavita Shukla’s breakthrough innovation—FreshPaper, a simple, biodegradable spice-infused paper that helps keep food fresh—began as a middle-school science project based on her grandma’s home remedy. Shukla began selling her product out of a stall in a Cambridge, Massachusetts farmers’ market; now it’s been heralded by everyone from The New York Times to Oprah Winfrey for its potential to address the massive global challenges of food waste & 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 young entrepreneur, businesswoman, and activist for global social change.