On February 27th – March 1st, 2015 farmers, funders, entrepreneurs and consultants came together at Food + Enterprise to help finance a better food system. Held at Industry City, the 2015 summit attracted over 400 attendees, many of whom left with new connections and tools to strengthen their work.
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Here are a few of the nice things folks who attended the Food + Enterprise Summit had to say:
It was particularly great to see people from so many stakeholder groups in the room – we’re so often stuck in our own little silos.”
Great people! I made so many great connections and learned so much.”
I attend a lot of food industry related events and I’ll be the first to say — not all of these events are created equal…This event is definitely one that will be remembered…There is nothing more motivating than being in a community with folks who love what they do!”
Select growth-stage food entrepreneurs were prepped and given the opportunity to pitch business plans before a live audience of investors, consultants, peers, and consumers—getting immediate feedback from an illustrious panel of expert judges, and the opportunity to crowd fund in real time. Here is the the article in The Wall Street Journal about Pitchfest.
Last weekend, a crowd of investors, entrepreneurs and consultants packed a modish Brooklyn warehouse to hear funding pitches from some of the city’s buzziest startups….”
There were over 80 experts in various fields offering on-site consulting and coaches for speed-date style counseling sessions. Our attendees had one-on-one meetings with leaders in the fields of marketing, sales, branding, legal, and much. With over 300 counseling sesions, Foor + Enterprise participants gained practical skills that helped them better understand and engage with the critical issues that face their businesses, and the food system today.
Intimate off-site dinners at local restaurants GOOD FORK, TALDE, BUTTERMILK CHANNEL and THISTLE HILL — all sourcing from NYC Greenmarkets — for a chance to meet and converse with a small and diverse group of conference attendees. Curated by Foodmaker Media, this dinner series encouraged guests to share new ideas and form alliances to finance a better food system. Placement was randomized to inspire new connections though.
With 40+ participating vendors, our showcase for local food entrepreneurs to share their wares and Partners to share their products services had an incredible turnout. MeetSpace provided a casual space to meet, greet . . . and eat. The even brought in representatives from Radicle Farm, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Green Mountain Energy, Natural Gourmet Institute, + many more. Contact us for tabling opportunities.
Panels, Workshops, + so much more
The 2015 summit was a place of gathering, discussing, debating, and collaborating. There were incredible meals, informative workshops, stirring keynote addresses, and plenty of opportunities to meet new people and discuss the ways in which we’re working to reshape our food system. The Food + Enterprise Summit provided lots of opportunities for all participants to contribute their knowledge, exchange ideas, and forge important new partnerships.
Panelists, speakers, and experts included:
Food Policy, NYC Mayor’s Office
LINDSEY LUSHER SHUTE
National Young Farmers’ Coalition
Bonny Doon Vineyard
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Anatomy of a Deal: BREWING THE FARM ECONOMY
Brewers, government leaders, restaurateurs, and industry experts weigh in on the revitalization of the local brewing economy and culture. Panel participants represented some of the most amazing and innovative breweries and organizations, including: Sam Adams, “Brewing the American Dream”, Catskill Brewery, Empire State Development – Craft Beverage Initiative, Kelso Brewery, and Hudson Valley Hops
MENTOR ROUNDTABLES including:
- INVESTING WITH SLOW MONEY PRINCIPLES
- FUNDING SUSTAINABLE, SMALL AND LOCAL FOOD & FARM BUSINESSES
Foodshed Investors including Steve Fondiller and Doron Goldstein
- FARMLAND PARTNERSHIPS WITH DIRT CAPITAL PARTNERS
Workshops and Breakout Sessions
Covering the most pressing challenges and exciting innovations in food business and social impact. Experts and summit attendees connected on a broad range of topics, including:
- PREPARING FOR THE ASK: HOW ENTERPRISES BECOME ‘INVESTOR READY’
- ACCESSING AFFORDABLE FARMLAND AND THE CRUCIAL ROLE OF FUNDERS
- PUBLIC PARTNERS: ACCESSING LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES
- THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING A JUST FOOD SYSTEM
- DISRUPTING THE SUPPLY CHAIN: CONNECTING COMMUNITIES TO GOOD FOOD
- SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CAPITAL: FINANCING LOCAL FOOD + FARM BUSINESSES
- PROOF POSITIVE: THE CONTINUUM OF “DOING WELL BY DOING GOOD”
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