Hamdi Ulukaya’s PAGE Signature Initiative is to open the Chobani Food Incubator, a New York-based accelerator program where entrepreneurs will have access to up to $2 million in investments and mentorship opportunities.
Hamdi Ulukaya founded Chobani in upstate New York in 2005 and launched Chobani Greek Yogurt in 2007. Less than six years later, it has become the No.1-selling Greek Yogurt brand in the U.S. with more than a billion dollars in annual sales – making Chobani one of the fastest-growing companies in history. Today, the company has 3,000 employees, operates the largest yogurt factory in the world in Twin Falls, Idaho, and remains 100% independent. Hamdi was named the 2013 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year, selected from among 49 country finalists for the title across 47 countries. Hamdi is also a passionate philanthropist and has pledged to give 10% of profits to charity since Chobani’s earliest days, and sits on the boards of the American Turkish Council, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Pathfinder Village, and the Kennedy Center Corporate Fund. A Kurdish immigrant from eastern Turkey, Hamdi resides in New Berlin, N. Y., with his two German Shepherds.