Eddie Bearnot SOM ’17 was inquisitive about assuaging poverty and world inequality from a younger age.
After residing and dealing in Bangladesh since 2012 and recognizing the necessity for wholesome, low-cost snacks, the Yale Faculty of Administration alumnus co-founded Frontier Diet in 2017, a provider of nutrient-dense snacks in Bangladesh, together with his enterprise accomplice Tanveer Ali. Via conducting intensive market analysis, using pediatric vitamin requirements and adapting their merchandise to the cultural context of Bangladesh, Frontier Diet goals to fight malnutrition and enhance the well being of kids and households inside the nation.
“I used to be impressed by companies over there that had been both explicitly social companies or offered issues that individuals wanted and had been doing so for many years,” Bearnot stated, including that the earnings from the companies he noticed had usually been used to finance social packages and well being care options.
Frontier Diet’s merchandise can be found in over 15,000 retail places and for dwelling supply in Bangladesh. Their snacks embody the “Hashi Khushi Choco Bar,” the “Magic Misti Snack” and the “Hashi Khushi Mango Flavored Powder Drink.”
After finishing his undergraduate diploma at Carleton School, Bearnot labored for Improvements for Poverty Motion, a analysis group utilizing quantitative strategies equivalent to randomized management trials to alleviate poverty in creating nations. Whereas he had beforehand developed an curiosity within the authorities and nonprofit sector, his experiences in Bangladesh allowed him to understand his curiosity in social enterprise and his need to contribute to long-term, scalable entrepreneurial options.
For Bearnot, an preliminary problem was creating the experience wanted to develop Frontier Diet’s merchandise, as the corporate wanted to think about a wide range of components equivalent to style, value, vitamin and accessibility. The sentiment was reiterated by co-founder Ali, who emphasised the significance of crafting a educated and skilled board of administrators and using sources each inside and outdoors of Bangladesh.
“It’s about the necessity to put collectively all of the completely different transferring components,” stated Ali. “It’s about assembling the fitting staff.”
Bearnot acknowledged that each his time on the Faculty of Administration and his undergraduate liberal arts training tremendously aided him in his efforts to create options to those issues. He talked about that his time on the Faculty of Administration enabled him to successfully hearken to and incorporate suggestions throughout varied phases of the enterprise, undergo iterations of various branding methods and reply to suggestions from consultants and prospects to develop merchandise that resonated with shoppers.
“The inspiration of it’s a good liberal arts training — studying lots, looking for people who find themselves actually sensible and who’ve been doing this work for a very long time,” he stated. “I really feel like I’m fairly good at asking questions and placing collectively groups.”
Fokko Wientjes — a Frontier Diet investor and the Vice President of Diet in Rising Markets for Dutch States Mines, a fortified meals firm — stated Bearnot is an “engaged entrepreneur with the fitting connections.” Wientjes additionally cited Bearnot’s information of the market inside Bangladesh and Frontier Diet’s guiding rules of making a product that was “reasonably priced, accessible and aspirational” as components that drew him to investing within the firm.
The corporate continues to be in an early stage and seeks to additional develop sooner or later. It’s conducting large-scale trials with kids and moms in Bangladesh, elevating capital to maintain initiatives and creating partnerships with the World Meals Programme and the Bangladesh Rural Development Committee, a world growth group.
“Constructing client manufacturers is an artwork,” Ali stated. “If we had it our manner, we’d be a model constructed round wholesome, nutritious, secure merchandise which can be value acutely aware price-wise for no matter our client snacking wants could also be.”
Frontier Diet’s merchandise can be found in 10 districts in Bangladesh.
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