Columbia Startup Lab Team PareUp Founder Margaret Tung

The food world is experiencing an entrepreneurial turn — whether it’s in tech and social media apps (Tinder, anyone?), delivery alternatives, or the next big line of cupcakes. And, like startup general culture, young people are at the helm.

Such a youthful, creative energy was evident at Spoon University’s Brainfood conference last weekend, which helped college students learn about and network within the food industry. (Spoon University — a network of college food websites — is another example of this trend — it was founded by two college students who saw an unmet need — quality food content for college kids.) In a panel called “Startup Nation,” the founders of five budding businesses shared their enterprising experiences.

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