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Navina Bartlett is the founder of Coconut Chilli, an ethical start-up making award-winning, gourmet South Indian meal pots.
Navina is originally from Bangalore, in Southern India. And it's no surprise that she's set up Coconut Chilli; she comes from a rich culinary background, with an aunt who owns a coffee plantation in the hills above Bangalore. It’s where lush paddy fields and coconut groves make way for dense hillsides cultivated with coffee plants and pepper vines. It was here that Navina came up with the idea for Coconut Chilli.
She is also a Virgin Start Up Ambassador and certainly lives their ethos of ‘putting purpose before profit’ – Navina has eschewed the traditional route of scaling a food start-up and is selling her meal pots mainly online directly to office based customers and is working towards growing Coconut Chilli as a B-Corp – a for-profit business that has social and/or environmental outcomes as part of its mission.
Navina’s true passion is using Coconut Chilli to challenge conventional food manufacturing and as a vehicle for change in a bid to create sustainable food systems around the world. She is a great character and inspiration to all business women, and truly deserves to be Enterprising Women’s Women of the Week!