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Oct. 23, 2017 12:55 pm

This social enterprise tackling food insecurity won the first Camden Catalyst pitch competition

Invincible City Farms took home $25,000 and committed to plopping its headquarters in the economically distressed city at Waterfront Ventures.

(L-R) Waterfront Ventures' Melissa Le, #TEaCH's Bob Moul, Invincible City Farms' Fredric Byarm and Waterfront Ventures' Khai Tran.

(Courtesy photo)

Editor's note: The titles of Bob Moul, Bob Moore and Khai Tran and Waterfront Ventures' tax status have been updated. (10/23, 1:47 p.m.)
Waterfront Ventures is making headway in its mission of consciously revitalizing Camden.

On Friday, the economic development org and coworking space hosted its first pitch competition for local tech startups, Camden Catalyst.

The winner was Invincible City Farms, a company founded by Camden native and chef Fredric Byarm and committed to “eliminating food deserts” through the construction of urban farms and food distribution hubs. A recent Indiegogo campaign failed to reach its $60,000 goal, but this win snagged it $25,000 and a year of free office space at Waterfront Lab.

As Waterfront Ventures founder and CEO Khai Tran told us in June, the winning company must commit to keeping its headquarters in Camden for at least three years and then hire at least half of its workforce from Camden residents or students.

“We’re looking for this startup to be the poster child of Camden to inspire and attract other startups,” Tran said at the time.

<em>Fredric Byarm receives a check for $25,000 with judges, sponsors and Khai Tran, CEO of Waterfront Ventures. (Courtesy photo)</em>

Fredric Byarm receives a check for $25,000 with judges, sponsors and Khai Tran, CEO of Waterfront Ventures. (Courtesy photo)

Here are the three startup finalists:

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The pitch competition’s judges included Dan Rhoton, executive director of Hopeworks ‘N CamdenRobert Moore, head of Magento’s business tntelligence team; and Brian Berson, VP of development for Brandywine Realty Trust.

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