A Taste of Entrepreneurship: Atomo! Molecular Coffee and the UW Connections Behind it

An online event featuring a conversation with CEO and Co-Founder of Atomo! Molecular Coffee and MS in Entrepreneurship mentor Andy Kleitsch and Head of Marketing and MS Entre alumna Cara LeDuc

The Taste of Entrepreneurship event will take place March 4, 2021 at 3 p.m. PST

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Entrepreneurship and coffee make the perfect brew for a city like Seattle. Perhaps Seattle is one of the only cities in the world where such an innovative idea could find both the financial backing and the consumer interest, and the founders of Atomo! Molecular Coffee know it. With their new 12,000 square foot roastery just blocks away from the Starbucks SODO headquarters, their innovative molecular technology uses upcycled ingredients (think sunflower seed husks, watermelon seeds, acacia gum) that would have otherwise gone to waste to reverse engineer a perfectly consistent–and more sustainable–cup of coffee.

It is probably no coincidence that our two Atomo! panelists met through the Foster School of Business entrepreneurship ecosystem at exactly the right time. We will speak to Atomo! CEO and founder and MS in Entrepreneurship mentor Andy Kleitsch and Atomo! Marketing Director and MS in Entrepreneurship ’19 alumna Cara LeDuc about how the idea for the company was sparked, the noble principle behind it, and how they raised over 11 million in venture capital funding. As serial entrepreneurs who have been there and done it a couple of times, and who know how to leverage the entrepreneurial resources of the University of Washington, Andy and Cara will also give advice to aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs participating in the event.


Andy Kleitsch
CEO and Co-Founder of Atomo! Molecular Coffee
Cara LeDuc
Marketing Director of Atomo! Molecular Coffee and MS in Entrepreneurship alumni, ’19

Andy Kleitsch

Andy is an experienced entrepreneur, team builder, product visionary, and technical product leader with over 20 years of experience launching customer-centric products in tight timelines. His latest venture, Atomo! Molecular Coffee, combines two of his favorite things: coffee and tech. When he is not working, he enjoys boating, backpacking, and crazy strenuous adventures. Andy is a mentor and advisory board member for the MS in Entrepreneurship program at the University of Washington and has worked closely with the Jones + Foster Accelerator program run by the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Cara LeDuc

Cara has over 10 years of experience within the food and beverage industry in marketing and sales. She has expertise in strategy, social media marketing, administrative operations, and team management. Cara is a recent graduate of the MS is Entrepreneurship program at the University of Washington and is currently the Marketing Director for Atomo Molecular Coffee, a better cup of coffee that is better for the environment. She was the founder of Good Mountain, working to reduce waste in beverage manufacturing while supporting environmental sustainability.

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The 12-month Master of Science in Entrepreneurship degree program was built for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs. As rigorous as an MBA, our program follows the same path as a startup—with a curriculum designed to guide you through a real-world entrepreneurial process used to develop new companies.

It’s the one-year launchpad that will make the most difference in your business, by equipping you with the tools, skills, and connections to confidently lead your next company to success.

We consider Seattle to be a global innovation hub and the ideal place to gain the confidence, competence, and community to launch and grow your new venture! Get in touch to learn more about the program, to set up a phone call with an admissions representative, to speak to a student ambassador, or to arrange a (virtual) class visit. No GMAT or GRE exam is required to apply.

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