Noobtsaa Philip Vang is an MBA graduate of the Georgetown McDonough School of Business, with an emphasis in social entrepreneurship. Prior to business school, Noobtsaa earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and led capital projects for 3M Company. Growing up as a Hmong American, he grew to appreciate his culture’s cuisine, while at the same time seeing the barriers to sustainable income generation for his community as immigrants. Noobtsaa recognized that many immigrant communities face this challenge, and in the summer of 2015, he founded Foodhini.
Venture: Foodhini is a for-profit social enterprise focused on creating sustainable income generation opportunities for marginalized immigrant communities through food commerce. Foodhini provides a commercial kitchen for independent immigrant home chefs to leverage their existing culinary skills and prepare their authentic home-cooked ethnic cuisines. Through Foodhini’s digital platform, the chefs can then sell their meals direct to customers.