- A.I. in Food
Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms promise to transform the food industry. Innovative startups are leveraging these technologies to change the way we produce, distribute and consume food — from early plant disease detection to streamlining product development and consumer insights. What is A.I.? How does it actually work? How are companies leveraging it and why? Join us to hear from CEOs and COOs of companies that are building intelligence platforms from the farm to plate at our March Food+Tech Meetup, A.I. in Food. Founders will do a deep dive into their business models and technologies. We will also have networking with the community and lots of great food and drinks to sample from Bad Apple Produce, Artisan Revere, Silly Chilly Hot Sauce, Element Farms, Oswald Co, Atina Foods, Halla.io and Culinary Labs. SCHEDULE: 6 - 7:30pm: Networking + Company Showcase 7:30 - 9pm: Presentations + Q&A 9pm - 9:30pm: Networking PRESENTERS: Alon Chen, CEO & Co-Founder, Tastewise Tastewise leverages AI to tap into the culinary consciousness that drives the world’s freshest food and beverage insights. Our platform analyzes billions of food data points to provide real-time insights for restaurants, hospitality groups, and food brands. Tastewise equips industry professionals to identify target segments and competitors, understand emerging trends, and determine which dishes or products should be served next. A senior Google executive for close to a decade, Alon Chen has a wealth of experience in leveraging AI and big data across technology, business and marketing. During his time at Google, Alon initiated and launched the Google Partners channel program in 27 countries, on-boarding 60,000 partners worldwide. Alon also served as Google’s Chief Marketing Officer for Israel and Greece and led the company’s relationship with the World Economic Forum. As Chief Business Officer for Voyager Labs, an AI and cognitive deep learning company funded by Oracle, Alon developed and led their AI marketing-tech eCommerce solution. Riana Lynn, Founder, Journey Foods Riana is the founder of Journey Foods, an AI-powered platform that helps support new product development and nutrition precision. It is creating the future of nutrient consumption through software that supports smarter R&D and efficient, data-driven production of plant-derived snack foods. Its first product line focuses on re-imagining fruit snacks and adding functional ingredient complexes to target immunity, digestion, energy and brain function. A biologist turned serial entrepreneur, Riana has developed high-growth, nationally recognized technology, and food businesses. Her accomplishments have been featured on CNBC, Forbes, USA Today, Wired, TechCrunch, Entrepreneur Magazine, among others. Chris Chan, Chief Operations Officer, Farmwave Chris Chan is the COO of Farmwave, a company that is transforming the world’s agricultural information into AI data models to power decision-making and preserve the future of farming. As Farmwave's human Swiss Army knife, Chris leverages his experience in nonprofit management, technology consulting, and startups to facilitate ideation, develop strategy, and support product development. His efforts support the entire company, but he works most closely with the marketing, design and business development teams. PARTNER WeWork Food Labs is a workspace and global platform dedicated to startups impacting the future of food. We support innovators across the food ecosystem, including companies working in AI, robotics, kitchen appliances, supply chain, ag tech, distribution software, consumer goods, hospitality, and beyond.
- Expo West Food+Tech Happy Hour
Hi Food+Tech Fam, We'll be at Expo West this week and would love to see you on March 8 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM. This is an informal happy hour, so feel free to bring friends. Drop by for 10 minutes or 1.5 hours - we just want to see your face and hear about what you're working on! We will be congregating at the left side of the bar entrance, next to the cash bar. Text[masked] if you have any issues finding us. Hope to see you Friday! Danielle + Mike
- Food Biodiversity: Where Flavor & Sustainability Meet
Just 12 plants and 5 animals make up 75% of the world’s food supply. Almost half of our plant-derived calories come from just three foods: wheat, corn and rice. While estimates vary, it is believed that there are over 30,000 edible plants, and we only eat 150 of them. This is harmful to our planet, health and the communities that rely on them. While the conversation around sustainability typically focuses on how we grow our food, it’s time to focus on what we’re growing. Biodiversity is crucial to the health and safety of our food supply. But to us, biodiversity in food means something even more. Biodiversity sits at the intersection of taste and sustainability, where we can simultaneously satiate an eater’s desire for new, interesting foods, while supporting a more diverse cornucopia of foods being cultivated in the world. As an industry, consolidation puts our food supply at risk and leaves a lot of opportunity - new flavors and food experiences - on the table. Join us to hear how game-changing startups are creating a more biodiverse food system at our February Food+Tech Meetup. Founders will do a deep dive into their business models, technology and supply chains. We will also have networking with the community and lots of great food and drinks to sample from Yolele, Kuli Kuli, Tender Greens, Rebbl, Kaibae, The Meat Hook, Believe in Bambara, Lavva, Row 7 Seeds + More Check out our editorial series featuring interviews with 45+ CEOs, execs, farmers, investors and researchers on why biodiversity is the future of the industry: https://bit.ly/2FiaxCX SCHEDULE: 6 - 7:30pm: Networking + Company Showcase 7:30 - 9pm: Presentations + Q&A 9pm - 9:30pm: Networking PRESENTERS: Charlotte Douglas, Chief Operating Officer, Row 7 Seeds Charlotte Douglas is the Chief Operating Officer of Row 7 Seed Company. Founded by Chef Dan Barber, vegetable breeder Michael Mazourek and organic seed grower Matthew Goldfarb, Row 7 works alongside chefs and plant breeders to create, trial and distribute delicious new plant varieties that make an impact in the soil and at the table. Prior to Row 7, Charlotte spent ten years at Blue Hill, where she spearheaded creative and culinary initiatives that explore issues of agriculture and the environment through the lens of flavor. Mike Lee, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Alpha Food Labs & The Future Market Mike Lee is the founder of The Future Market, a futurist food lab that explores what our food system could look like in the next 5-25 years, through experiences and concept products. Mike is also co-founder of Alpha Food Labs, a food innovation company that helps companies create strategies and products that are better for people, planet, and profit. Lisa Curtis, Founder & CEO, Kuli Kuli Kuli Kuli is the first brand to introduce the green superfood moringa to the US market. Lisa founded Kuli Kuli after working with moringa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She has grown Kuli Kuli from a Peace Corps dream into a multi-million dollar social enterprise that sells delicious moringa products in over 7,000 stores. Through Kuli Kuli’s moringa supply chain, the company has planted over 1 million moringa trees, created 1,300 sustainable livelihoods and has put over $1.5M back into the hands of rural farmers across Africa and South America. Erik Oberholtzer, Co-Founder, Tender Greens Erik holds the title of executive chairman of Tender Greens and leads the board of directors with daily emphasis on supply chain integrity, culinary innovation, food justice and community cultivation. Erik's thought leadership have earned him advisory roles with The Food For Ever Foundation, pttow!, The Crop Trust, Rodale Institute, Berkeley Food Institute, SEE-LA, California Restaurant Association, Farmshelf and Children Now. Erik is the founder of The Sustainable Life Project. Thank you to our partners Kickstarter and Brooklyn Brewery
- Rethinking CPG
As 2019 unfolds, nascent trends and paradigm-shifting innovations continue to rock the food industry. Fast-growing demand for plant-based alternatives are eating out sales of dairy and animal-based products. Recent trend reports claim 2019 is said to be the year plant-based meat goes mainstream. Functional foods have taken a more prominent role in the American diet. From personalization to direct-to-consumer models, startups are radically rethinking how food products are developed, packaged and sold. Join us to hear from some of the game-changing startups who are rethinking CPG at our January Food+Tech Meetup. Speakers will do a deep dive into their business models, growth and technology. We will also have networking with the community and lots of great food and drinks to sample from Keetz & Co, Minna, Four Sigmatic, Sweet Dough, Swapples, Sir Kensington's, Further Food, Aerofarms, Chloe's, Plant People, Haven's Kitchen, Bohana Life and Blank Slate Kitchen. SCHEDULE: 6 - 7:30pm: Networking + Company Showcase 7:30 - 9pm: Presentations + Q&A 9pm - 9:30pm: Networking PRESENTERS: Mike Messersmith, US General Manager, Oatly Oatly was founded back in the 1990s and is based on Swedish research from Lund University. The company’s patented enzyme technology copies nature’s own process and turns fiber rich oats into nutritional liquid food that is perfectly designed for humans. Today, the Swedish company remains independent and dedicated to upgrading the lives of individuals and the general well being of the planet through a lineup of original oatmilks. Mike Messersmith has led all aspects of business and organizational strategy and execution for Oatly since its launch in the United States. Prior to his role at Oatly, Mike held senior roles at The Nature’s Bounty Company, Chobani and Frito-Lay. Scott Norton, Co-Founder, Sir Kensington’s Scott Norton is co-founder of Sir Kensington's, the premier producer of all-natural ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard distributed nationwide. With a mission to bring integrity and charm to ordinary and overlooked food, Sir Kensington's condiments have become an integral offering at leading retailers, restaurants, and hotels. Scott has been named one of Fast Company's “Most Creative People in Business” and as one of Forbes' “30 Under 30." Kaitlin Holliday, Retention & Data Manager, Four Sigmatic Founded in 2012 by a group of Finnish friends, Four Sigmatic is a mushroom, superfood and adaptogen company that believes in cutting through the hype to help people improve overall wellbeing. Their products taste delicious and are easily incorporated into a daily routine like mushroom coffee, hot cacaos, matcha, blends and more. Majority employee-owned, Four Sigmatic’s fully-distributed global team works together to bring their products to more than a million consumers in over 65 countries worldwide. Kaitlin joined the team early last year and manages online customer Retention, driving strategy and execution of programs to increase customer long-term value. She's been working in the Natural Foods space for 5+ years. Before joining Four Sigmatic, she was Chief of Staff at Exo Protein, makers of cricket protein bars. HOST: Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. We are an independent, founder-controlled company of 132 people working together in an old pencil factory in New York City. Over 10 million people, from every continent on earth, have backed a Kickstarter project from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Like our namesake borough, the Brooklyn Brewery is made up of a rich collection of characters from all over the world. In our Williamsburg home, these characters are dedicated to brewing and selling great beer and enriching the communities we serve.
- Fail Friday (on a Thursday)
It's not easy being a food innovator. There's no road map for reinventing an industry. That’s why we’ve teamed up with ForceBrands to celebrate failure in all its glory at Fail Friday (on a Thursday). Join us to hear stories of failure and lessons learned from top food entrepreneurs. We will also have food from emerging brands Mademeals, Partake Foods, Brooklyn Delhi, Yumi, NY Shuk, Square Roots, Sanzo, Luke's Lobster, GEM and Raaka Chocolate as well as festive cocktails from Pomp & Whimsy. SCHEDULE: 6:30 - 7:30: Networking, Snacks & Drinks 7:30 - 8:30: Stories & Q&A 8:30 - 9:30: More Networking SPEAKERS: Erin Patinkin, Co-Founder, Ovenly; Executive Producer & Co-Host, Start to Sale Erin Patinkin is CEO & Co-Founder Ovenly, one of New York’s most beloved bakery chains, and co-host and executive producer of Start to Sale on Vox. Over the past decade, Erin has become a leading voice of ethical entrepreneurship, dedicating her work to “radical responsibility” and to the creation of a more empathetic economy for everyone. Erin speaks about her work at conferences and events nationally, writes about food and business, and has appeared in print and TV internationally. Ben Conniff, Co-founder, Luke’s Lobster Ben Conniff is co-founder of Luke’s Lobster, a Maine-bred lobster shack with over 30 locations across 9 US cities and internationally in Japan and Taiwan. Luke’s controls their catch all the way from the docks to the plate, meticulously preparing and handling every claw, knuckle, and tail to make the world’s best-tasting lobster roll. Ben is also the author of Real Maine Food, and has written for Saveur, GQ, Tasting Table, and more. He was named to the Inc. and Zagat “30 Under 30” lists and serves as an advisor to restaurant, fishery, and agriculture businesses. Chitra Agrawal, Co-founder, Brooklyn Delhi Starting in Brooklyn, Chitra has been cooking, teaching and writing about food inspired by her family’s recipes from India for ten years. She co-founded Brooklyn Delhi with her husband Ben Garthus in 2014 to bring the flavors she was creating to a wider audience. Chitra is the author of Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn (Penguin, 2017). Prior to Brooklyn Delhi, Chitra held marketing roles at American Express and DDB and completed her MBA at NYU Stern. Brooklyn Delhi's award-winning condiments can be found in Whole Foods nationwide and in Blue Apron meal kits and have been featured by food critics at the NY Times, Saveur, Food & Wine and more. Nicola Nice, Founder & CEO, Pomp & Whimsy Trained sociologist and brand strategist-turned distiller, Dr. Nicola Nice, has made a career advising Fortune 500 companies on international branding and consumer insights. Over the past 15 years, in a career spanning academic research, management consultancy and global strategy with THINK Conservatory, Nicola watched as major spirits producers systematically ignored or misrepresented their female audiences. A two-year journey led Nicola to perfect the formula for a uniquely distinct botanical gin liqueur. Now in 2018, with double gold and gold medals in hand from her first four international spirits competitions, Nicola set out to revolutionize the spirits industry for female consumers with the official launch of Pomp & Whimsy. PARTNERS: ForceBrands is the leading specialized recruiting firm for the consumer products industry — we build the teams that build the brands. Our industry-specific divisions BevForce, FoodForce, BeautyForce, and HerbForce offer executive search services, board of director assembly, and a digital job board to connect directly to qualified candidates. We are ‘people for a hire purpose’ and strive to transform the way consumer product professionals of all levels identify employment opportunities and employers are connected to world-class talent. Go HIRE with ForceBrands. Thanks to our event partners, Kickstarter and the Brooklyn Brewery.
- Blockchain of Food
Blockchain technology has the potential to transform the food industry. Ten of the world’s biggest food companies have already joined forces to transform how the industry tracks food worldwide through this network. At the same time, new companies are emerging to introduce these technologies into the supply chain, demonstrating the potential it has to improve food system operations in several ways - from preventing foodborne illnesses to combating hunger. Join us to hear from some of the game-changing startups who are deploying blockchain technology in our food system at our November Food+Tech Meetup. Founders will do a deep dive into their business models, technology, challenges and lessons learned. We will also have networking with the community and lots of great food and drinks to sample from Ginjan, 82 Labs, Bowery Farming, Believe in Bambara, Scraps Food, Yolele x Burlap & Barrel, Amazi Foods, Toast Ale, Nora Snacks and Ripple Foods! SCHEDULE: 6:30 - 7:30pm: Networking 7:30 - 9:15pm: Presentations + Q&A 9:15 - 9:30pm: Networking PRESENTERS: Nicolas Jammet, Co-Founder & Chief Concept Officer, sweetgreen Nic Jammet is Co-Founder & Chief Concept Officer of sweetgreen, the destination for simple, seasonal, healthy food. Nicolas graduated from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he met fellow sweetgreen co-founders and co-CEOs, Nathaniel Ru and Jonathan Neman. He has been recognized as a key innovator in food and business, named to Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Inc.’s “30 Under 30”, Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and Food & Wine’s “40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under”. In 2016, sweetgreen was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies." Jasmine Crowe, Founder & CEO, Goodr In January of 2017, Jasmine launched Goodr, a sustainable food waste management company that leverages technology to combat hunger. Today Goodr redirects surplus food from convention centers, hotels, airports, and businesses to the millions of people who are food insecure. Under Jasmine’s direction the company now has clients that include: Turner Broadcasting Systems, Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport, Delta Airlines and more. Phil Harris, Founder, Ripe.io Phil is a founder at ripe.io that is deploying the “Blockchain of Food” that provides solutions to help answer what’s in your food, where it’s been and what’s happened to it. Our mission is to provide “Transparency in every Byte” from farm to fork to help our customers improve their intelligence and insights in to their food supply chain through our service of automation and business models through the application of blockchain and IoT. Phil has an extensive career spanning over 25 years in financial technology including roles at Nex, Nasdaq, CME Group, 360T and Blockstack.io an early blockchain start up. Dr. Daniel Beckmann, Co-Founder, Foodshed.io Dan Beckmann is a New Media developer and award-winning journalist whose career has spanned over a decade. He worked on the New Media team in Obama’s Chicago headquarters during the 2008 campaign. After the campaign he founded IB5k, a civically minded digital production agency that produces integrated new media solutions in the government, political, entertainment, marketing and journalism sectors. He is the co-founder of Foodshed.io, a blockchain technology company solving the inefficiencies of local food distribution by connecting sustainable producers to local wholesale markets. Big thanks to our partners Kickstarter and the Brooklyn Brewery.
- Women Innovating Food
The gender gap is pervasive across the food industry. Women make the majority of food-purchasing decisions and represent nearly half the entry-level workforce in the food industry, yet less than a fourth of executives are women and even fewer are women of color. Women are less likely to raise capital and start food companies than men. Beyond the lack of financial support is a widespread lack of recognition and respect, which at times can go so far as sexual harassment and abuse. What can be done to move forward and uplift the women who are transforming our food system? Join us for a discussion on the unique ways women are transforming our food system with Elly Truesdell (Canopy Foods), Valerie Christy (Almanac Insights), Jessamyn Rodriguez (Hot Bread Kitchen) and Kimberly Chou (Equity at the Table & Food Book Fair). Come network with the community and enjoy food and drinks from women-owned businesses, including: Zaam Root, White Moustache, Eat Offbeat, Mohawk Drumlin Creamery, Sun for Soul, Pilot Kombucha, NYrture, Aida, Ulli’s Oil Mill, Rise, Fizzy Fox and Cocina Atelier! Are you a female or gender non-conforming innovator? Add your name to the list: http://bit.ly/womxninfood SCHEDULE 6:30 - 7:30pm: Networking + Bites 7:30 - 9pm: Roundtable 9 - 9:30pm: Networking + Bites PANELISTS Elly Truesdell, CSO, Canopy Foods Elly Truesdell is Chief Strategy Officer of Canopy Foods, a Food Production Studio that offers manufacturing services and creative capital to craft unforgettable foods and build defensible brands. Truesdell built her career over 9 years at Whole Foods Market. Most recently as Global Director of Local Brands, Product Innovation & Development, Elly led strategic partnerships for local purchasing programs across the company. She sits on the Board of Canopy Foods, as a mentor to FOOD-X and the Chobani Food Incubator and acts as advisor to Agbotic, and Wellness in the Schools. Valerie Christy, Senior Associate, Almanac Insights Valerie Christy is a Senior Associate at Almanac. After initially enrolling in the Blue Hill at Stone Barns FARMS Program in 2014, she continued to manage special projects at Blue Hill, ranging from the launch of Blue Hill’s first nationally distributed CPG product to Blue Hill’s wastED pop-ups in both New York and London. Through managing Blue Hill Yogurt, Valerie experienced firsthand both the opportunities and the challenges facing early-stage food and beverage companies. Valerie launched Almanac in January 2018 with David Barber. Jessamyn Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, Hot Bread Kitchen Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez is an entrepreneur and leader in the social enterprise movement. Before launching Hot Bread Kitchen, Jessamyn focused on human rights, education and immigration issues in positions at NGOs, the government and the United Nations. After receiving her Master Baker Certificate from the New School and becoming the first female baker at Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, she launched Hot Bread from her home kitchen in 2007. Jessamyn has been awarded the Global Citizen Award from the Clinton Global Initiative and Crain’s New York’s “40 Under 40.” She was named a 2016 Women of Influence by NY Business Journal and one of 2015’s “Most Innovative Women in Food” by Food & Wine and Fortune magazines. Kimberly Chou, Co-Director, Food Book Fair; Advisory Board Member, Equity at the Table Kimberly Chou Tsun An is a writer, curator and event producer who lives in New York. Her writing — from interviews with rapper Nicki Minaj and painter Ellsworth Kelly to literary criticism — has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Refinery29, and Art in America. She co-directs Food Book Fair, a festival that explores contemporary issues in and around food, with an emphasis on amplifying the voices of women of color and queer folks in media. MODERATOR Danielle Gould, Founder & CEO, Food+Tech Connect; Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Alpha Food Labs Thank you to our partners Kickstarter & Brooklyn Brewery
- Rethinking CPG
Increasing demand for healthy, sustainable and personalized options has disrupted the CPG space. Big food companies are losing market share to startups with more nimble business models, greater consumer focus and faster innovation cycles. Since 2013, food and beverage startups have raised $9.5 billion across 2,100 deals globally. From direct-to-consumer functional foods to plant-based ingredient innovations, startups are radically rethinking how food products are developed, packaged and sold. Join us to hear from some of the game-changing startups who are rethinking consumer packaged goods at our August Food+Tech Meetup. Founders will do a deep dive into their business models, approaches to product development and lessons learned. We will also have networking with the community and lots of great food and drinks to sample from RIND Snacks, Dafero, Lavva, The Worthy Company, Masienda, Egunsi Foods, Seek Food, DIRTY LEMON, Makku, Yolele Foods and ¡YAPPAH!. SCHEDULE: 6:30 - 7:30pm: Networking 7:30 - 9:15pm: Presentations + Q&A 9:15 - 9:30pm: Networking PRESENTERS: Zak Normandin, Co-Founder & CEO of DIRTY LEMON In 2015 Normandin launched DIRTY LEMON, the world’s first direct-to-consumer beverage brand that sells exclusively by text message. Backed by A-List celebrities and business leaders alike, DIRTY LEMON is recognized nationally by media leaders such as Vogue, Forbes and Fast Company. In developing this proprietary technology, Normandin built a conversational commerce platform that provides effortless transactions, bypassing existing distribution inefficiencies, to improve the customer’s experience. Victor E. Friedberg, Executive Chairman, Lavva; Co-Founder, Seed 2 Growth Ventures (S2G); Founder and Chairman of FoodShot — MoonShots for Better Food Victor has been at the forefront of innovation, global development and sustainability for over 20 years. As Managing Director of S2G Ventures, Victor lead the S2G investments into Beyond Meat, sweetgreen, Ripple, Maple Hill Creamery, Apeel Science, Ataraxis, FishPeople and Lavva. As Executive Chairman at Lavva, Victor guides forward-looking business strategy to establish pathways to brand aligned sourcing, manufacturing and new product development. He works collaboratively with the management team at Lavva to provide support for key opportunities and needs for the day-to-day execution of the business as needed. Santi Proano, Brand Manager, Tyson Foods Innovation Lab ¡YAPPAH! is a new brand from Tyson Innovation Lab that exists to help fight food waste and address other sustainability challenges. ¡YAPPAH! products incorporate ingredients like upcycled proteins, and rescued vegetables and grains. Santi previously served in Peace Corps, helping small-scale coffee growers in his native Ecuador develop their own branded coffee. He has also served consumers through innovations from brands owned by KraftHeinz and Tyson Foods. Sebastian Bryers, Chief Technology Officer, Ora Organic Sebastian Bryers is the CTO and head of growth at Ora Organic, a digitally native retailer of organic, plant-based and sustainable supplements based in San Diego. A member of Ora’s founding team, Sebastian has built Ora’s growth, advertising and customer acquisition strategies from the ground up, and helped create an online and offline product experience with Ora that is loved by their customers across the world. HOST: Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. We are an independent, founder-controlled company of 132 people working together in an old pencil factory in New York City. Over 10 million people, from every continent on earth, have backed a Kickstarter project from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. SPONSORS: Like our namesake borough, the Brooklyn Brewery is made up of a rich collection of characters from all over the world. In our Williamsburg home, these characters are dedicated to brewing and selling great beer and enriching the communities we serve.
- Food Waste Innovation
It’s no secret that food waste is a massive problem. Every year, $218 billion is spent on food that is never eaten--amounting to 52 million tons sent to landfills annually. Another 10 million tons is discarded or left unharvested on farms. In response, a number of companies have emerged to tackle this issue. From repurposing food waste into added-value products to recovering nutrients from food that is thrown away, join us to hear from innovators in the space at our June Food+Tech Meetup. Presenters will do a deep dive into their business strategies, technologies, challenges and lessons learned. Come network with the community and get a taste from emerging F&B startups: Ancolie, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine x Breads Bakery, ReGrained, Misfit Juicery, Gotham Greens, Local Roots NYC, Food for All, Toast Ale and City Saucery! We'll also have a special food waste pop-up by chefs Tom Coughlan and Denzell Washington. SCHEDULE: 6:30 - 7:15pm: Networking 7:30 - 9:00pm: Presentations + Q&A 9:00 - 9:30pm: Networking PRESENTERS: Joanna Ehrenreich, General Manager, Toast Ale USA Jo has spent her career at NYC startups, most recently as an early stage hire at Blue Apron. She helped run Blue Apron's sustainability efforts as well as brand marketing, where she met Toast's founder who served as a mentor on several food waste initiatives. She joined the Toast US team in 2018 as General Manager. Matthew Holtzman, Founder, goMkt goMkt was established in 2016 with a simple mission: reduce food waste, support small business and charitable giving, and bring people together to share delicious food. Matthew was the former founder of Yahoo-backed startup to ID hate speech and analyst at AppNexus. Phil Wong, Co-Founder, Misfit Juicery Phil co-founded Misfit with his best friend Ann 3 years ago in his college kitchen. Phil has spent time in Rwanda and Senegal, both of which were integral to Misft’s beginnings. Phil’s a Halcyon Fellow and graduated in 2015 from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with a BSFS in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. Phil and Ann were named to the 2018 list of Forbes 30 Under 30 (Social Entrepreneurs). Amanda Weeks, Co-Founder & CEO, Industrial/Organic Amanda co-founded I/O to rapidly recover water, energy and nutrients from food waste to produce high-value products such as organic fertilizers, animal feed and clean energy. The company aims to operate a distributed network of micro-facilities utilizes existing industrial spaces, providing a faster and cheaper alternative to other organic waste solutions, while contributing to the revitalization of post-industrial areas. It recently closed a $1.3m seed round to build out its first commercial facility in New Jersey, set to open this summer to serve the New York metro area. HOST: Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. We are an independent, founder-controlled company of 132 people working together in an old pencil factory in New York City. Over 10 million people, from every continent on earth, have backed a Kickstarter project from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community. SPONSORS: Like our namesake borough, the Brooklyn Brewery is made up of a rich collection of characters from all over the world. In our Williamsburg home, these characters are dedicated to brewing and selling great beer and enriching the communities we serve. Together, these Brooklyners have assembled the skills needed to transform a home brewing hobby into an independent brewery with a brand that has become an international beacon for good beer.
- Fail Friday (on a Wednesday): Food Startups Share Lessons Learned
It's not easy being a food innovator. There's no road map for reinventing an industry. That’s why we’ve teamed up with ForceBrands: FoodForce | BevForce to celebrate failure in all its glory at Fail Friday (on a Wednesday). Join us to hear stories of failure and lessons learned from top food entrepreneurs. We will also have food from emerging brands Seek Food, Lavva, HavenRow, PetPlate, Bohana and drinks from Metabrew and Gem & Bolt. And, as always, there will be lots of networking. SCHEDULE: 7:00 - 7:45: Networking, Snacks & Drinks 7:45 - 8:45: Failure Stories & Q&A 8:45 - 9:30: More Networking CONFIRMED SPEAKERS Rita Hudetz, CEO, Hu Kitchen & Products Rita M. Hudetz is a 2009 Yale FES/SOM Joint Degree Graduate. Rita was recently promoted to CEO of Hu Kitchen/Hu Products, a high quality/ultra unprocessed restaurant and CPG business located in NYC. She joined Hu Kitchen as Chief Commercial Officer of Hu Products in 2016, to drive expansion of their retail product line. Since 2016 she has expanded the products business nationally, launched an ecommerce platform, increased sales by 5x and introduced new products following Hu's "no weird ingredients" mantra. Camilla Marcus, Founder, west~bourne west~bourne, is a healthy-minded café and takeaway shop in SoHo founded by Camilla Marcus, an artist and cook at heart with a background in business development, law, and investing. Formerly the Director of Business Development for Union Square Hospitality Group, Camilla has also worked in real estate investing for Colony Capital and CIM Group. With west~bourne, she is now both the investor and the entrepreneur, committed to rethinking what it means to be a good neighbor through the lens of hospitality. Renaldo Webb, Founder & CEO, PetPlate Renaldo Webb is Founder and Chief Product Officer at PetPlate. Inspired by his dog Winston, Renaldo founded PetPlate after deciding that he did not want to feed his dog anything less than real food. After making hundreds of batches of home-cooked dog food for Winston and his pup pals, Renaldo decided to launch a pet food brand that he could proudly call his own. Prior to PetPlate, Renaldo worked at LCatterton and McKinsey & Company as a lean manufacturing consultant, where he led operational turnarounds for public and private companies. He launched PetPlate as a nationwide subscription service in early 2017, following an appearance on the hit TV show Shark Tank. Ravi Jolly, Co-Founder & President, I Heart Keenwah Ravi Jolly, founded I Heart Keenwah, a brand that makes delicious, nutritious, plant-based food products using top quality quinoa. In doing so, he has made a mark on the world by making organic and Fair Trade quinoa accessible, introducing many to a health-supporting protein source and sourcing quinoa in a way that is equitable to farmers. PARTNERS ForceBrands is the leading recruiting firm for the beverage, food, beauty, and personal care industries. ForceBrands offers executive recruiting services, board of director assembly, and industry-specific job boards — BevForce | FoodForce | BeautyForce. We strive to transform the way consumer product industry professionals identify employment opportunities and employers are connected to future leaders. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. We are an independent, founder-controlled company of 132 people working together in an old pencil factory in New York City. Over 10 million people, from every continent on earth, have backed a Kickstarter project from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. The Brooklyn Brewery is made up of a rich collection of characters from all over the world. In our Williamsburg home, these characters are dedicated to brewing and selling great beer and enriching the communities we serve. Together, these Brooklyners have assembled the skills needed to transform a home brewing hobby into an independent brewery with a brand that has become an international beacon for good beer.