Can food e-commerce startups disrupt the $600B grocery industry? From plant-based meal kits to one-hour grocery delivery apps, a growing crop of companies are turning online to meet consumer demand for food that's more healthy, convenient and personalized.
Come network with the community and meet some of these e-commerce innovators at our March Food+Tech Meetup. You'll get an inside look at their business models, challenges and lessons learned.
We'll have a taco bar from Empellon (http://empellon.com/catering), make-your-own bowls from Ox Verte (https://www.oxverte.com/), nibbles from Matt's Kimchi (http://www.mattskimchi.com/) and Barnana (http://barnana.com/)and beer.
6:30 - 7:15: Networking + Snacks
7:15 - 8:45: Presentations + Q&A
8:45 - 9:30: More Networking
Andy Levitt - Founder & CEO, The Purple Carrot (https://thepurplecarrot.com/)- Purple Carrot makes it easy to prepare healthy, satisfying and delicious plant-based meals at home. We deliver pre-measured ingredients that are responsibly sourced, often organic, and always non-GMO. With easy-to-follow recipes, you'll enjoy amazing meatless meals while helping to build a better food system.
Jason Lepes - Head Merchant, FoodKick by Freshdirect - a new mobile-first food business that connects consumers to the freshest, tastiest finds in food, drinks, and lifestyle essentials all delivered within an hour.
Ben McKean - Founder & CEO, Hungryroot (https://www.hungryroot.com/?gclid=CjwKEAjwnf2wBRCf3sOp6oTtnjYSJAANOfhetZunIJUHjPpmh_irqgJlMVlwrIlw70IqK4rFNCNDWRoCqezw_wcB) - Hungryroot makes fresh, feel good convenience foods. Prior to Hungryroot, Ben was a Vice President and General Manager at Groupon, overseeing their food and beverage business. Ben came to Groupon through the acquisition of Savored, which he founded in 2009. Savored was the nation’s leading provider of yield management technology to the restaurant industry. Prior to Savored, Ben worked in Merrill Lynch’s technology investment banking group. Ben is graduate of Georgetown University and currently lives in New York City.
Rune F. Knudsen - Founder & CEO, TrySome (http://marketplace.gotrysome.com/) - a free and subscription based online marketplace that allows consumers to try organic, vegan and other responsibly made products in exchange for data and feedback. TrySome creates a new connection between consumers and manufacturers that removes the consumers’ risk of making a “wrong” choice and buying a product (which is oftentimes a more expensive choice) that they are not happy with.
Nicole Chaszar - Founder & CEO, Splendid Spoon (http://www.splendidspoon.com/) - Splendid Spoon cleanses and meal replacements take the hard work out of eating well. Formulated to provide the right balance of protein, complex carb and fat, our plant-based products keep you feeling fit, full and fabulous.