’21 MEM/MBA was hiking in Colorado feeling pretty blasé about the food options he had in front of him. The variety of instant foods were high in calories but lacking in nutritional and flavor diversity he would have liked.
That’s when an idea hit him.
“I looked around for better options in the back country and didn't find any solution,’’ says Cisneros. "So, I thought that I could try and do that myself.”
And now that idea is ready to reach consumers through Mesa Foods
, a company he runs with co-partner Caroline Ebinger
’22 MEM/MBA who is earning a joint degree at the Yale School of Management. The company is selling two varieties of their new product, Trail Spice, to add to foods such as beans and lentils for backpacking meals. One mix is Berbere, an Ethiopian flavor, and the other is Tex-Mex.
The students worked the concept of the company through Yale's Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking Spring Accelerator 2020
where they received startup funding; the company also received grant funding from the Yale School of Management.