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Mitch Rubin

Director of Innovation

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Mitch Rubin

Mitch is focused on leading Elemental Excelerator’s food, agriculture, and nature-based solutions portfolio. Mitch has spent his career both operating and supporting a variety of startups, and helps our portfolio companies connect with high value partners and resources that address their most pressing needs. In addition to providing guidance to the portfolio, Mitch co-designs projects with our entrepreneurs and stakeholders, spearheads diligence and recruitment for the sector, and collaborates with our Partnerships team to help engage leading corporates interested in innovation and sustainability.

Prior to Elemental Excelerator

Mitch was helping to launch a fund focused on building climate-resilient communities in North America. He previously spent over three years at Chobani, where he managed the Chobani Incubator and Food Tech Residency programs to support food and ag entrepreneurs. Before Chobani, Mitch spent two years in Detroit as a Venture for America Fellow. During that time, he worked alongside the founder at a small fintech startup and served as Strategic Project Manager for a special advisor to the Mayor of Detroit.
Mitch is pursuing his MS in Sustainability Management at Columbia University, and holds a BA in Political Science from Duke University.

Outside of the office

Mitch enjoys playing the guitar and singing, hiking, skiing, shooting hoops, and cooking!