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March Fail Friday at Force Brands HQ

We're thrilled to announce Fail Friday #2 featuring founders from Rick's Picks, Dig Inn, REDWOOD new york and Entrepreneurist. 

It's not easy being a food innovator. There's no road map for reinventing an industry. So, in partnership with Force Brands: FoodForce | BevForce, we cooked up the Fail Friday series to celebrate failure in all its glory. 

We invite leading food and food tech entrepreneurs to share their stories of failure and lessons learned from growing their businesses. Our goal is to lower the barriers to success for entrepreneurs by creating a safe space for you to learn from one another and grow together.

Confirmed Rockstar Speakers: 

Zak Normandin - founder, REDWOOD new york. Zak is an award-winning product designer & passionate brand expert, having branded more than 50 consumer products sold in Target, Whole Foods, and grocery stores worldwide. Inspired by his three young children, he also created the healthy kids snack brand Little Duck Organics, where he brought the company to successful exit in 2014. Formerly a U.S. Coast Guard marine engineer involved in humanitarian efforts, Normandin now leads the creative agency he founded: REDWOOD new york.

Jennifer Love - Business Navigator + CEO, Entrepreneurist. Entrepreneurist is a fast-track strategy incubator that combines invaluable tools and results-driven mentorship. She has over 15 years building and working with consumer (CPG) brands. In July 2014, the Small Business Digest featured Jennifer’s ‘Sweet Success’ on the cover of the magazine. On a given day, Jennifer may be found serving as a judge for events like Startup Weekend, on stage speaking to a variety of audiences, advising a client behind the scenes of Biz Fix with Marcus Lemonis, preparing a client for Shark Tank, or working with entrepreneurs and leaders in her JLove Business Camp. Read more about Jennifer here.

Adam Eskin - Founder, Dig InnDig Inn was founded on the principle that you shouldn’t have to pay a premium to eat fresh and delicious food. Adam cares about what he eats, and more importantly what you eat. He saw the potential to change the way we think about fast food and followed his gut.

Before Dig Inn, Eskin worked in finance at Merrill Lynch and Wexford Capital. He convinced his cohorts to invest in a little restaurant chain that could, and now asks for more from his lunch, his ingredients and his life.

Rick Field - Founder & CEO, Rick's Picks. Rick grew up making traditional pickles with his family in Vermont , and after a career in TV production decided to make his passion for pickling into a business. His pickles are distinguished by their exceptional quality, with an unusual array of varieties and flavor profiles. Rick’s Picks, with offices on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, makes fourteen varieties of shelf-stable pickles. The pickles are hand-packed and all natural, made in season with produce from local farmers. They bring innovation to a category that hasn’t seen much change in a long time. 

By popular request following the first event, the failure stories will be followed by a brief Q&A with all of the presenters this time around. 

Food & Drink:

We will be serving cocktails before and after the speakers share their stories sponsored by Leblon Cachaça, as well as beer. We'll also have local, artisanal snacks from Farm to People and nibbles from Dig Inn. 

As always, there will be lots of time for networking, so make sure to bring your business cards. 

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  • Cheryl S.

    Great event - great energy, professional feedback and network

    2 · March 23, 2015

    • Danielle G.

      Thank you for showcasing, Cheryl! We are so thrilled you got good feedback.

      March 23, 2015

  • Janie

    Hi, assuming this is still on with the snow. Thanks :)

    March 20, 2015

  • Nina M.

    Wanna showcase your food product at Fail Friday? We've got one more spot open. Email nina[at]foodtechconnect[dot]com if you're interested. Can't wait for tomorrow!

    March 19, 2015

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