Thinking about starting a business in the food space? Have a business and want to raise capital? Looking to grow but don’t know how? In many ways, it’s never been easier to start a food or beverage company. From products to services, marketplaces to mobile apps, the food space is HOT. While bootstrapping may be preferred, some businesses are almost impossible to launch and grow without capital. From angel investments to crowdfunding and debt financing, opportunities for funding seem endless.
Join Branchfood and The Capital Network for an evening with a veteran panel of investors, advisors, and entrepreneurs, who will compare and contrast the many ways you can fund your food and beverage startup. The discussion will address common questions including:
If you are an entrepreneur, investor, or interested in business development related to food products, beverages, ecommerce, food tech, services, or consumer packaged goods, you do NOT want to miss this event!
The Angel Investor Expert:
Jeremy Halpern is the founder of Edible Ventures - an organization made up exclusively of angels with domain expertise in creating, manufacturing distributing and selling food and beverage products. Edible Ventures invests in high growth food and beverage companies led by highly motivated, talented and relentless entrepreneurs. Jeremy is also a partner and the Director of Business Development for the Emerging Companies Group at Nutter McLennen & Fish. Jeremy’s practice focuses on emerging companies, private equity, venture capital and angel financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, executive and team compensation matters, and general start-up support. Serving as the firm’s entrepreneur-in-residence, Jeremy works with companies, investors, and executives in technology, life sciences and the food and beverage industry. Concurrently, Jeremy is an active angel investor, and serves on the Boards of The Capital Network, a Boston based non-profit serving entrepreneurs, and Pintley, a MassChallenge 2011 finalist company providing marketing solutions to the craft brewers and bars. Read more about Edible Ventures on Project Nosh.
The Crowdfunding Expert:
Terry Romero ielps food and craft creators use Kickstarter to raise funds and reach out to an engaged community. Terry is also an author and producer for bestselling vegan cookbooks: Vegan Pie in the Sky, Veganomicon, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, Viva Vegan!
The Bank Loan Expert:
Michael Kuhn is Vice President in Commercial Lending at Cambridge Savings Bank. He has extensive experience in debt funding and lending in the local food & beverage industry. Clients include Taza Chocolate, Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt and CFE International.
The Entrepreneur Expert & Moderator:
Bonnie Henry is the CEO & Founder of GF Solutions, LLC, a dedicated and certified gluten-free manufacturing company focusing on fresh/frozen breads, pizzas and flatbreads, and pasta. She has 28 years of proven entrepreneurial and leadership experience across multiple industries; 13 of those years with P&L responsibility. Bonnie was the co-founder of Hellas International, Inc. where she developed the preeminent brand of Greek specialty foods in North America. She successfully sold that company to Krinos Foods in 2004. She serves on the Boards of several food products companies including Sweet Riot and Victoria Gourmet. She has worked with both large and early stage companies including: Frito-Lay, Pillsbury, Estée Lauder, Ross Stores, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. Before launching her business advisory services, DKH Enterprises, she also worked in investment banking at Progress Partners.
Scott Webster is a Partner at Centerman, an investor and strategic advisor to fast growing, early stage consumer products companies. It was after a 25+ year career across many consumer products categories, that Scott joined Centerman Capital in 2015 to bring his passion for business development to build on Centerman’s momentum and help assist the next group of portfolio companies reach their goals. Prior to joining the team, Scott was the CFO of Tribe Mediterranean Foods, the fastest growing national hummus brand in the market. Tribe was the most recent role in Scott’s 16 year Nutrition, Health & Wellness career path with Nestle that also included 7 years in corporate finance and business development with Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and 3 years as an M&A financial advisor at Nestle’s HQ in Switzerland.
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