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BTTR Ventures

Nikhil Aurora and Alex Velez, the co-founders of BTTR Ventures, tell
their company's start-up story . In their last semester at Berkeley,
Nikhil and Alex learned you could grow gourmet mushrooms from recycled
coffee grounds. From this fact, they created an urban, closed-loop
business model by partnering with Peets Coffee and Tea. BTTR grows
fresh mushrooms each week from 2,000 pounds of coffee, which they sell
to Whole Foods. Then, they donate the post harvest coffee grounds,
which are an extremely rich compost, to local schools and farms. BTTR
also is releasing the "BTTR Gourmet Garden," which is a kit that enables
people to grow their own mushrooms at home. As Nikhil states at the end
of his speech, BTTR is an example of looking at a resource creatively to
provide sustainable local and healthy foods.

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