This Thursday, join us for a special theme night focused on the food and beverage industry. Afterward, branchfood hosts an after party at Firebrand Saints.
And, like every other Thursday, start conversations and share stories while also finding resources to grow your startup.
Hope to see you Thursday,
Thursday, August 28, 2014
3:00 – 8:00 P.M. | Venture Café in Session
4:00 – 6:00 P.M. | TCN UpStart Roundtable with Tracey Noonan – Wicked Good Cupcakes®
TCN UpStart Roundtable, a monthly gathering, brings together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series from The Capital Network, Venture Café, and Silicon Valley Bank is a great opportunity for you to ask burning questions about starting a company and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs in a casual setting. This Thursday, hear from Shark Tank winner Tracey Noonan of Wicked Good Cupcakes.
6:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Panel: What’s Next in Food & Bev?
Whether it’s procuring, eating, or enjoying the social aspects of its consumption, food is important. TechStars CEO David Cohen said, “If there’s a bigger market, I don’t know what it is.” CB Insights noted that $146 million went into food and beverage deals in 2013. The New York Times recently claimed that delivery startups are all the rage today and pointed out that John A. Deighton, author of a Harvard Business School case study on Webvan-the largest dot-com flop in history-said he’s been asked to teach it three times in the last year. Given this attention on the industry and growing investor interest, what can savvy and hungry (pun intended) entrepreneurs glean from this?
Ask Venture Café Founder and Founder/CEO of CIC Tim Rowe about his “Five T’s of business” and the second word you hear after “Team” is “Trend”–followed by “Twist”, “Teflon®”, and “Trillions”. So, what’s next in food and bev?
Join us for an interactive discussion as we ask our panelists about nascent and proliferating industry trends. Also, start thinking about other related topics and questions that you’d like the panel to address because you’ll have the chance to bring them up.
• Rachel Greenberger, Director, Food Sol at Babson College
• Darnell Adams, Managing Director, Crop Circle Kitchen
• Lauren Abda, Managing Director, The Food Loft
• Andrew Share, Partner, Nixon Peabody
7:00 – 7:45 P.M. | Showcase
A MassChallenge participant, Asulia makes delicious fusion veggie foods. Their dumplings have 2-3 servings of veggies in every box. A percentage of profits support girls’ education in developing countries.
• The Craic and Blonde
At The Craic & Blonde their vision is to not only excite audacious palates with Haitian flavor, but also increase awareness of the beautiful Haitian culture! They’re offering pikliz (pick-lese), a traditional spicy relish that is used like hot sauce. Try a simple avocado salad by combining ripe avocado with pikliz and salt. Use pikliz as a topping on your eggs, oysters, grilled meats (it’s exceptional on burgers and hot dogs!), sandwiches, seafood, in Bloody Marys, and more…the list is as endless as your imagination!
CogniTea is a cognitive and energy boosting tea specifically crafted to help you focus and feel alert. They created the tea as a healthier and smarter replacement for coffee and energy drinks, without the crash, jitters or headache. It’s made with 100mg of L-Theanine, an amino acid extracted from green tea, that is scientifically shown to promote these positive mental effects.
CookRadar is building a social homemade food-related community together and a homemade food marketplace to facilitate the connection of people and the sharing of traditional food and recipes.
• Follow The Honey
Follow The Honey travels the world bringing the finest of “transparency of source” honeys and bee-inspired offerings to you and your sweet ones. In addition to raw untreated honeys, the Harvard Square store offers beeswax candles, mead kits, honeyed chocolates, books both scholarly and esoteric, propolis tincture, beauty products & more–your all purpose gifting honeypot.
• KIND Snacks
There’s healthy. There’s tasty. Then there’s healthy and tasty. At KIND, they believe you deserve both—they call it our brAND philosophy. That’s why you’ll find all of their snacks are pretty much the nirvana of healthful tastiness. What began with just 8 bar varieties in 2004 has grown to over 22 bars and 6 Healthy Grains snackable clusters, and a multitude of new recipes being perfected and refined to their standards in the KIND kitchen.
So whether your snacking style is choosy or adventurous (or a little bit of both), here’s something to celebrate: they’ll always be thinking up new ways to delight your taste buds and keep your body happy.
Phfeast is a unique social loyalty program because all dining rewards earned are donated to local families, children, and others in need.
RSVPicnic modernizes a classic picnic experience. They feature a prix fixe, small batch menu from Artú in an electic mix of hand selected vintage baskets and luggage pieces. They’ve also teamed up with the Wine Bottega, in the North End, to select the perfect pairing for your meal.
A public benefit corporation, Something GUD delivers fresh local food right to your door. Shop online and order from the best local farmers, fisherman, bakers & foodmakers.
4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | The Food Loft
Located at 535 Albany Street, The Food Loft is a collaborative co-working space dedicated food and food-tech entrepreneurs. It’s also home to Harvard Common Press, a James Beard Book Award publisher and an investor in several food-tech startups including Yummly, Crowdly, and recently acquired Caviar (Square).
4:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Crop Circle Kitchen
Crop Circle Kitchen (CCK) operates Boston’s only non-profit shared-use commercial kitchen and culinary business incubator. CCK aims to promote entrepreneurship, create sustainable employment with meaningful access to career advancement, improve access to local, healthy food, and strengthen the regional food economy. For the past five years, CCK has achieved this mission by providing hourly rental of a fully-equipped shared-use kitchen in Jamaica Plain to around 30-40 food businesses monthly, and by integrating technical assistance to support businesses as they start up and grow.
CropCircle Kitchen is proud to announce the opening of CCK Pearl, a 36,000 sq ft food production facility located on Quincy St. in Dorchester, an addition to their current shared kitchen space in Jamaica Plain. This new facility includes a commissary for contract processing, a large sharedkitchen space for rent, and individual tenant spaces for lease. CCK Pearl is designed specifically for business owners looking to take the next step in growing their food business – it has the capacity to support medium sized food businesses as they grow.
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | J.D. Kemp
JD is Co-Founder of Crop Circle Kitchen and FoodEx. An in-the-trenches entrepreneur with passionate interests in the food system, economic development, sustainable agriculture, and the application of technology to under-served industries and cultures. He loves to find the core issues that link business, social, economic, and environmental opportunities; and then to forge and fund business plans to harvest these opportunities in unison. Through these two ventures and beyond, JD has helped launch over 120 small food businesses since 2008.
Email us to reserve 20 minutes with JD.
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Investors Collaborative
Investors Collaborative (iC) provides venture capital to select early stage companies in a wide range of industry sectors including software, IT, biotechnology, clean technology, healthcare, energy, communications, hardware, and professional services. They seek to help individuals developing innovative technologies build world class companies.
Reserve 15 minutes with iC here.
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Chris Bergen – Nixon Peabody
Chris Bergen is an attorney with a corporate practice that includes the representation of private equity funds, portfolio companies and venture capital investors. Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, Chris worked as an associate in the corporate department of a leading international law firm based in Boston.
Chris is available to offer advice about:
Seed investment rounds and negotiating terms of equity investments
Obtaining funding and negotiating commercial contracts
NP Capital Connector — how participation in the program is a great way for emerging companies to get noticed and obtain financing
Email us to reserve 15 minutes with Chris.
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Rob Coulter - Nixon Peabody
Rob Coulter has extensive experience in helping entrepreneurs from their earliest pre-formation discussions through multiple preferred equity financing rounds and beyond. Specifically in the F&B space, Rob has advised on general corporate concerns as well as with niche-specific issues such as a craft brewer that required a lot of focused attention on distributor contracts and a restaurateur that needed guidance in the areas of real estate and land use. The regulatory overlay can be particularly dense in the F&B arena and Rob has helped entrepreneurs prepare for and effectively navigate these issues. Rob believes that in the early stages, it is important to structure a company so that it can accept future investments without a lot of unnecessary legal work and he can guide entrepreneurs with that goal in mind as well as help them keep an eye on issues like governance and protecting intellectual property. If a company is looking for growth capital or even executive talent, NPCC can help facilitate introductions and Rob looks forward to sharing more with the attendees on how they can take advantage of this great complimentary resource his company has to offer.
What Rob can speak about during office hours:
- helping entrepreneurs from their earliest pre-formation discussions through multiple preferred equity financing rounds and beyond.
- general corporate concerns as well as with niche-specific issues such as distributor contracts and real estate and land use.
- how to navigate regulatory issues
- how to structure a company so that it can accept future investments without a lot of unnecessary legal work and
- important issues such as governance and protecting intellectual property.
Email us to reserve 15 minutes with Rob.
3:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Scott Sanders
Scott Sanders is a sales, marketing, and analytics professional in the food and consumer packaged goods industry. He is director of CPG Analytics for Pivotstream, where he specializes in sales and marketing insights. He also has has provided consulting services for several clients, including Market Performance Group, a strategy consultant and sales management services company.
Scott has long been involved in the consumer goods industry through his family’s syrup manufacturing business. Scott started there while in high school and is still providing consulting services for them today for their Bosco Chocolate Syrup brand. Early in Scott’s career, he created a public relations campaign that resulted in the placement of Bosco on Seinfeld, where it became embedded in American pop culture as George Costanza’s ATM code.
In addition, Scott managed marketing analytics strategy for clients at Acosta Sales & Marketing, a consumer packaged goods sales agency that outsourced sales departments for about 25% of the U.S. grocery industry. His clients have spanned a wide range of blue-chip companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Ahold (Stop & Shop/Giant Food), Heinz, Clorox, Dr Pepper Snapple, Georgia-Pacific, and Welch’s.
Scott has a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School.
Email us to reserve 30 minutes with Scott.
3:00 – 6:00 P.M. | Joe Caruso
For the last 20 years Joe Caruso has served has been an “Advocate for entrepreneurs” as a mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. In recent years, he has served an investor, advisor and active director with dozens of companies, public and private. He also maintains an active consulting practice dealing with structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, strategic partnerships and financings, and issues related to dispute resolution.
Reserve 30 minutes with Joe here.
3:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Ron Sarni
Ron Sarni is Development Director at Co-Creation Ventures and President and Founder of Boston Food Truck Alliance. The Alliance’s mission is to further advance, support and proliferate the mobile food truck industry in the greater Boston area.
Co- Creation Ventures is Stock Pot Malden’s incubator and venture capital fund for multicultural food entrepreneurs, specializing in food trucks and focused on local economic development in the diverse community of Malden, Massachusetts. They’re backed by a small, brilliant group of socially conscious angel investors who built the fund to help launch and/or grow multicultural, unique and promising food businesses. Their in-house staff of consultants and food business experts provide tools, consulting and business planning services, marketing assistance, and administrative support to help their independent food entrepreneurs flourish. They welcome applications for coaching and/or investment money from aspiring and existing food entrepreneurs, particularly those with a commitment to diversity and the local economy.
Stock Pot Malden Kitchen is a Malden-based commercial kitchen/commissary that leases licensed, state-of-the-art kitchen space to food trucks, food product entrepreneurs and caterers. As of August 2014, they’re still accepting new tenants seeking commercial kitchen space.
Email us to reserve 15 minutes with Ronald.
3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Marty Sack
Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years as a volunteer for SCORE. He brings with him the mentoring resources of more than forty additional successful executives, CPAs, small business owners, and other experts in diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free mentoring services.
Marty is the now retired co-founder of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and led a national job publication for 26 years, and he was the executive director of a Cambridge based non-profit for 18 years.
Reserve 30 minutes with Marty here.
3:30 – 5:30 P.M. | Ron Ackman
Rob Ackman has spent the last 30+ years as a Marketing Manager/Director in the quick serve and full serve restaurant industry with such brands as Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, Applebee’s, Uno’s and TGI Fridays. He has worked with small and large franchisees to help them build sales and profits. Additionally, Ron is member of SCORE’s Boston chapter.
Reserve 30 minutes with Rob here.