FOOD+ENTERPRISE SUMMIT catalyzes connections between entrepreneurs and investors to finance a better local food system.
We form a unique B2B social impact community fostering relationships that regenerate place, planet, people + profits.
Our Theme — Finding Food Value: Balancing Purpose + Profit — informs our programming.
Inspired by Slow Money Principles, the Summit explores challenges and opportunities for both Investors + Entrepreneurs to enact positive social + environmental change through business.
Our difference? We value farmers and human-scale ventures as centrally important to forging a resilient local food economy.
FOOD + ENTERPRISE is presented by:
Slow Money NYC aims to spark dialogue and action addressing the nexus of where our food comes from and where our money goes. We hope to reshape roles for investors and extend the definition of “investment,” providing local alternatives to Wall Street.
Derek Denckla is an impact investor, strategic advisor and serial social entrepreneur. He advises for-profit and non-profit companies for sustainable success. He has directed Slow Money NYC since 2011 – a community of over 1000 members linked through networking events that aim to increase capital and investment in sustainable food and farm business, such as our successful Food + Enterprise Summit. Denckla manages Foodshed Investors NY, the first angel investor network dedicated to funding small, local and sustainable food business. He provides private equity and sustainable business consulting through his firm, Denckla Projects, advising and investing in such companies as Egg Restaurant, Mouth.com, Brooklyn Food Works, Red Hook Community Farm, Local Farms Fund, Blue Marble Organic Ice Cream, Greenbelt Condos and several others. Denckla writes and speaks widely on impact investing in sustainable food and farms.
Eugenia Manwelyan is an educator, environmental advocate, and impact-driven entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and Director of Eco Practicum, a movement-building school for ecological justice. Eugenia holds a BA in International Development from McGill University and her MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University. She has worked on environmental planning projects in Vietnam, India, and Jordan, as well as a peace building project in Israel and Palestine. She teaches a Food Planning Practicum course at Columbia University. With a passion for democratic education and civic engagement, Eugenia is committed to taking part in the effort to reorient humanity toward sane and respectful coexistence with one another and the environment.
Berlin Schaubhut is a writing and marketing consultant with an inclination towards food and impact investing. After helping found the Food Studies Project while studying Finance at the University of Texas at Austin, she worked doing freelance writing and marketing for several companies including Food+City, an online and print magazine exploring global food systems, and FoodTank; a food think tank. After leading the New York office for a digital media start-up, OM Digital, Berlin is thrilled to be back in the food realm as Communications Director at Food+Enterprise.
Jeffersonian Dinner Coordinator
Patricia Duffy is a marketing strategist, consultant, trainer/facilitator and connector, with corporate experience in hospitality, travel and financial services. Emphasizing sustainable business models, she shifted focus to food and beverage entrepreneurs and start-ups in 2013 – inspired by training entrepreneurs in business planning, marketing and pitching to investors as a Managing Director with the Golden Seeds angel investing organization. A champion of cooperatition to improve food systems, Patricia prioritizes initiatives/organizations designed to advance food businesses via market and industry connections. This includes directing Community Table-NYC for food professionals and students at NYU; serving as Senior Fellow for Food Sol at Babson College; active involvement in Slow Money NYC’s Food+Enterprise Summit; and mentoring entrepreneurs at the Brooklyn FoodWorks incubator. Patricia holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Expert Exchange Coordinator
Erin is an experienced distribution, sales and marketing strategist for natural food brands, with a soft spot for mission-driven business. As founder of Cultivate Brand Consulting, she focuses on working with emerging local brands to get them up and running smoothly as they transition towards distribution and big growth. Erin has worked directly with national brands Clif Bar and KIND, as well as several local brands including Temple Turmeric, Victory Garden, Spoonable and others, and spent over 3 years managing brands for prominent local distributor Rainforest Distribution. Erin sees the natural products industry both as an unlimited space for good companies and good people to thrive, and also as a vital curator of the future of our health, our economy and our planet.
OUR NAME IS FARM (SHELLEY GOLAN, LIZ VAKNIN)
Meet + Eat Marketplace Coordinators
CFO on Speed Dial
Christine Rico created CFO on Speed Dial to help companies with a social impact mission grow profits and deepen their social impact. Christine’s work combines a practical focus on money and financial management with an activist’s sense of urgency about protecting the environment; creating good jobs; and building a food system that delivers healthy food for everyone. She brings 20 years experience creating profitable social enterprises to her work with food and agriculture companies including: Drive Change, Liddabit Sweets, The Fresh Connection, and Beth’s Farm Kitchen. Christine is a board member of Slow Money NYC and a mentor to business owners through WE NYC Connect and the Eatsy.org Regenerative Business program. Specialties: Profit acceleration; growth strategy, financial and impact analysis, and finding the money you need to grow.
Volunteer and Program Assistant
Food + Enterprise is a conference produced by Foodshed Capital Network, Inc. d/b/a Slow Money NYC (SMNYC), a New York non-profit corporation. All funds will go to SMNYC. However, all donations are made to “Slow Money,” our Fiscal Sponsor by Slow Money, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. SMNYC has engaged a number of parties to produce the event, including Denckla Projects , LLC.