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Derek Denckla

Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Founder and Director, Food + Enterprise and Advisory Board, Egg Restaurant. Columbia University in the City of New York grad.

Founder and Director, Food + Enterprise and Advisory Board, Egg Restaurant. Columbia University in the City of New York grad.

5 vouches

Involved In


Food + Enterprise
Farm City Fund
Foodshed Investors NY
Farm City


Egg Restaurant
Mouth Foods
Mouth Foods


Founder and Director Food + Enterprise May 2013 - present
Advisory Board Egg Restaurant January 2012 - present
Founder and Principal Farm City Fund December 2011 - present
Co-Chair and Founder Foodshed Investors NY July 2011 - present
Senior Advisor Mouth Foods April 2011 - present
Network Director Slow Money January 2011 - present
Principal and Founder Propeller 2001 - present
Deputy Director of Investments & Partnerships National Young Farmers Coalition November 2014 - May 2015
Founder Farm City 2010 - 2011
Real Estate Developer Greenbelt Condominiums December 2004 - September 2010
Blogger TheGreenest.Net 2009 - 2010
Partner Dwelling Research Corp. 2004 - 2009
Adjunct Clinical Professor Fordham Law School 2000 - 2005
Senior Planner Center for Court Innovation 2000 - 2001
Skadden Fellow Legal Aid Society of New York 1998 - 1999
Law Clerk US 2d Circuit Judge Fred I. Parker 1997 - 1998
Community Coordinator SW Yonkers Health & Housing Study 1993 - 1994
Community Organizer Metropolitan Council on Housing 1991 - 1993


Fordham University School of Law Public Interest Law 1994 - 1997
Columbia University in the City of New York Philosophy, Ancient Studies 1986 - 1991
University of Sussex Philosophy 1989 - 1990

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  • • Local
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Events
  • • Social Impact

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David Benzaquen
They're my friends  •  Founder & CEO, PlantBased Solutions, a brand management and marketing agency for plant-based consumer products.
Derek is incredibly knowledgeable about a wide range of topics, including local farming, small food ventures, mission-driven investing and r ... eal estate. He is an avid connector and shares his expertise with others with generosity and humility. He is a strategic visionary. He is one of the first people I think of when I meet entrepreneurs who could benefit from mentorship in the food movement.
Guillaume Gauthereau
We worked together  •  Founder, The New York Bee Sanctuary and Partner / Board of Director / Advisory Board, Multiple Company.
Sustainable food system Funding Farming
Woody Tasch
We worked together  •  Founder and Chairman, Slow Money. Previously Chairman Emeritus, Investors' Circle.
Derek is an experienced social entrepreneur and investor and understands extremely well the landscape for start-ups, particularly in the loc ... al food space.
Erin Barnes
We worked together  •  Co-Founder & Executive Director, ioby. Previously Freelance Writer and Editor, UNDP. Yale grad. University of Virginia grad.
Derek is a leading edge thinker, and gave me incredible useful advice when ioby was in its early days. He is able to see issues from many pe ... rspectives, suggest mind-stretching alternatives, identify root causes and be open hearted. He is a generous strategist.
Elizabeth Crowell
We worked together  •  CEO, Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) and Leadership Board Member, Girls Scouts of Greater NYC Leadership Advisory Board.
Derek is thoughtful, committed and incredibly knowledgeable. He is generous with his time and expertise and is well connected and highly reg ... arded within the start-up community, especially around food enterprises. He is a pleasure to work with and any entrepreneur would be lucky to call Derek her/his advisor.

Jennifer Love
They're my friends  •  Business Navigator/CEO, Entrepreneurist and Advisor & Partner, Loliware.
As a seasoned and successful entrepreneur, Jennifer brings hands on experience to advising and her attention to detail in preparing deal doc ... uments for investors was one of the most thorough that I've seen.