Tetrick grew up in Birmingham, but moved with his family to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when he was 13 years old. He played football in high school and, later, for the West Virginia University Mountaineers' scout team. He went on to Cornell University where he completed a bachelor of arts in Africana studies. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship which he used to teach street children in Nigeria and South Africa. He then enrolled in law school at the University of Michigan. While there he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
After completing his law degree, Tetrick was hired to assist Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's administration in efforts to reform investment laws. He founded a non-profit organization called "More Than Me", and in January 2011 launched a crowd-funding website called "33 Needs", both of which have since ceased operations.
With partner Josh Balk, Tetrick launched Hampton Creek Foods in June 2011. The company's mission derives from both founders' long-term concerns about global food systems and animal welfare. The start-up was granted $500,000 in initial funding from Khosla Ventures. The company was profiled in Bill Gates' documentary, "The Future of Food". In addition to running his business, Tetrick makes frequent appearances as a motivational speaker.
- "Joshua Tetrick" (September 9, 2017) Wikipedia - accessed October 19, 2017