Auditing service, brokerage and marketplace for industrial hemp goods.
Amazing things Annie's made
In 2013 I received a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship to study the environmental life cycle of Canada’s hemp industry, with specific focus on a cradle-to-grave assessment of biofiber hemp blocks. When applying, I formulated a research plan and solidified partner agreements with industry personnel and University of Calgary’s Life Cycle Assessment Program Chair. Upon arrival, I met with my partners and strategized the next nine months of research. Then I began interviews, collecting primary data from Canadian hemp farmers, processors and manufacturers.
The end result was a database of industry averages with the inputs and outputs required to grow and process Canadian hemp and an environmental assessment of that process. The research also resulted in an assessment of the biofiber hemp block. With the assessment, the manufacturer’s realized their biofiber hemp block should not have been marketed as a green building material because of its high environmental impact relative to a concrete block.
Middlebury Institute of International St
Business Administration •
Aug 2012 - May 2015
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International Environmental Policy •
Aug 2011 - May 2015
Annie Rouse is a bright, talented, dynamic young Lexington-based entrepreneur that is dedicated to creating a market for hemp-based products. She is engaged in developing a holistic approach to the industry by creating standards, creating an accreditation process for certifying compliance, and developing markets for use of the raw agricultural product. Annie’s leadership in these areas will be crucial to enabling applications of this technology not only for herself but also for many future Kentucky entrepreneurs. Annie recently pitched her concept in Lexington’s “Stand Up for your Startup” event on 18 Nov 2016 - as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 - and took the 1st place prize.
Annie Rouse, Founder and Business Development Director of Think Hempy Thoughts, LLC participated in Global Entrepreneurship Week in Lexington in November and won the ‘Stand Up for your Startup’ pitch competition. I have known Annie since she attended school with my children at Christ the King School and Lexington Catholic High School and she is a bright, talented presenter with a deep knowledge of industrial hemp.
I am writing to recommend Think Hempy Thoughts, LLC for The Pearse Lyons Accelerator from Alltech. The founder, Annie Rouse, has extensive knowledge and experience researching and working in a commercialized hemp industry and has been patient, persistent and creative in developing a business model that combines her passion for industrial hemp and sustainability. She understands her strengths, her weaknesses and her knowledge gaps in business development. She not only understands these but listens to advice and applies it. This was realized in her decision to bring on a technical co-founder.
I have known Ms. Rouse for over 20 years. She sets a goal and works to successfully achieve said goal. Her successful application and attainment of her Fulbright Scholarship to study hemp industrial applications is fully representative of her capabilities.
As a Chamber of Commerce executive, I am always interested in the development of new businesses and industries.
I strongly recommend the selection of Annie Rouse, Founder of Think Hemp Thoughts, LLC, for The Pearse Lyons Accelerator to realize the large market and standard-setting opportunity of the industrial hemp industry. I have known Annie in an academic and professional capacity for over eight years and can speak to her vast knowledge and involvement in the industrial hemp industry. Annie exhibits key characteristics of an authentic business leader through her academic and professional experiences, her ability to think both analytically and creatively, and her undisputed passion for sustainable agriculture. Her readiness and capacity to participate allow Think Hempy Thoughts to disrupt and drive new standards and models for agriculture beyond hemp, boost the Kentucky economy, and set an example for the hemp industry on a national level.