Mat Franken

Founder & CEO, Aunt Fannie’s

Mat is founder and CEO of Aunt Fannie’s, maker of FlyPunch!, a product that positively impacts the global food supply chain by eradicating the devastating and E.Coli-transmitting fruit fly.  He is a leader in natural and non-toxic products that increase food safety, decrease spoil in food, minimize produce contamination, bolster profits for food manufacturers, and improve both commercial and home kitchen experiences. Prior to Aunt Fannie’s, Mat’s career was in private finance with a Swiss-based global financial institution. 

There he served 60 families, advising c-level corporate executives and entrepreneurs in overarching estate, tax, financial, and investment planning. In addition to his professional roles, Mat has been the Founder and Chair of multiple grass-roots level non-profits and currently serves on the board of NEXT, a non-profit organization focused on fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem for high-impact companies in the Carolinas. Mat also serves as a Mentor for multiple accelerator organizations, such as The Iron Yard, a high tech accelerator and national code school as well as the incoming Founder Institute headquartering in the Carolinas. Mat is a founding member of OpenWorks, a ‘self-sustaining’ co-work facility that helps foster Carolinas-based start-ups. And, these efforts have recently garnered Mat a nomination for the 2017 Liberty Fellowship (Aspen Institute).