With the advent of globalization, we are seeing more and more cross-border and international trends in entrepreneurship and innovation. And although Forbes reports that only 2.2% of investor funding went to female entrepreneurs, women are heeding their call to “disrupt a culture and economy that’s made it exceedingly difficult for women founders to access capital.”
Among these female disruptors are members and partners of OnePiece Work, forging a path in a variety of different industries and utilizing the cross-border trend to propel their businesses forward. These women entrepreneurs are a powerful force who are leading the way with confidence and strength.
When OnePiece Work member Christine Moseley learned that 20 billion pounds of produce are wasted each year due to surplus or its cosmetically imperfect shape, she saw a problem that needed solving. Moseley recognized this serious problem of food waste and saw a business opportunity. Her answer? Full Harvest. Upon launching Full Harvest, Moseley created a business-to-business technology platform that provides a better market for excess and oddly-shaped produce and affords farmers a more convenient additional income source. Full Harvest is the first and only B2B marketplace of its kind, connecting food companies to farms to buy ugly and surplus produce, solving farm food waste. She tells us,
“Everything is automated to save money, time and paper, from ordering to online payments.”
Since its founding, Full Harvest has been repeatedly acknowledged by Forbes for saving 3 million pounds of fruits and vegetables a year in the United States. And the world is taking note: At the recently heated Summer Davos Forum in Dalian, China, Full Harvest was chosen as a technology pioneer company by the World Economic Forum.
Moseley sees a bright future for Full Harvest. The company is already working with large national food and beverage companies, and Christine estimates that there is a $12 billion ugly and surplus agricultural market in the United States alone. Next year, she aims to sell more than 20 million pounds of agricultural products, to cross borders by working with farms in Central and South America, and to lead the campaign to eliminate food waste.
Another OnePiece Work partner making her mark on the agricultural industry is Christie Lagally. As a mechanical engineer with 15 years of engineering experience, Lagally holds five patents in manufacturing technology. She spent much of her career in the aerospace industry working on commercial airplanes and spacecraft in testing, design and manufacturing. Until January 2018, Lagally served as a Senior Scientist for the Good Food Institute uncovering the technical barriers in the development of plant-based meat and clean meat (i.e. cultured meat).
Through her experience, Lagally understood that people want a more plant-based diet in order to have a lesser impact on the environment, avoid antibiotics and hormones, and stop cruelty to animals. But it has been difficult for foodservice operations to create meatless options for their customers. So she founded Rebellyous Foods (previously Seattle Food Tech) to fulfill her mission of “Meatless for All.” With the belief that everyone should have access to meatless alternatives, Lagally’s food manufacturing technology and production company is catapulting meat alternative production toward price parity with plant-based, delicious meat.
OnePiece Work recently invited Lagally to its Seattle opening party, where she shared with us,
"I consider it my life’s work to make agriculture more sustainable, less polluting and more humane."
OnePiece Work also believes in her mission, as our co-founder Wei Gui is an investor in Rebellyous Foods.
Our own representative of cross-border entrepreneurship and investment, Vickey Li immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 15. After working in Shanghai for two years, she returned to the United States with the goal of bringing her unique perspective of Chinese and American cultures to Silicon Valley.
It is there, in Silicon Valley, where she harnessed her understanding of cross-border business development to found OnePiece Work, an innovative co-working space and cross-border incubator. OnePiece Work has positioned itself as a community of service innovation. Its
ultra-modern, hi-tech shared workspaces connect international businesses with a hunger for greatness and a desire for global expansion.
This August, Li was invited by Startup Grind to share her experience at its Female Leaders in Cross-Border Startups event. At the event, Li addressed topics on female entrepreneurial drivers, global entrepreneurship industry distribution, growth opportunities and challenges. When asked about the trends she sees in China and the United States, Li replied,
“Chinese companies are shifting from a focus on revenue to a focus on profit, so the market is becoming more realistic, while American companies are moving from margin to rapid growth”
Li also shared her take on competing with local and foreign brands in the co-working field. She sees the market as divided into two types: lifestyle-driven community and niche-service driven ecosystem. She believes it is the duty of every brand to find what they are good at, and to fulfill their responsibilities and commitments.
Li views China and the United States as the two most critical major markets in the process of economic development. As such, she chose Shenzhen as the newest location for OnePiece Work. The city’s fighting spirit, openness and independence make it an ideal spot. She plans to continue to provide the same reasonable pricing and innovative services at OnePiece Work’s Shenzhen workspace.
From Silicon Valley to Shenzhen, OnePiece Work is advancing women entrepreneurs in their endeavor to disrupt change through innovation and cross-border growth. We work with thousands of start-up companies each year, identifying the demands and potential pain points of enterprise growth. Through our long-term cooperation with investment institutions, we can help entrepreneurs solve various problems encountered in the development process. OnePiece Work is committed to creating an innovative community and participating in the development and growth of start-ups.
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