Farmers, investors, and Good Food business owners:
Join us to forge new connections and learn how to grow the Good Food system!
The Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference helps to address one of the biggest challenges facing the Good Food Movement: helping food and farm businesses scale up to meet the burgeoning demand for local, sustainable, and artisanal food. The 2014 Conference, sponsored by Crain’s Chicago Business, includes a Financing Fair, where selected businesses can pitch directly to investors!
Read more about the importance of Good Food Financing on our blog.
We are excited to announce the 2014 Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference:
|8:30-9:00 am||Registration and Networking||Get here early to connect with good food leaders over coffee from Crop to Cup and snacks from Kind Bar.|
|9:00-9:20 am||Introduction and Welcome||Jim Slama, President, FamilyFarmed.org
Mari Gallagher, Mari Gallagher Research and Consulting Group, board member, FamilyFarmed.org
Dave Snyder, Crain’s Chicago Business
|9:20-10:45 am||Opening Symposium||Walter Robb, co-CEO, Whole Foods Market
Howard Tullman, 1871
Kimbal Musk, The Kitchen Community, Tesla, SpaceX, Chipotle Mexican Grill
Erika Allen, Growing Power
Jim Slama, President, FamilyFarmed.org
|10:45 -11:00 am||Good Food Financing Overview||An overview of opportunities available for investors, the potential for growth in the Good Food space, and brief summary of his own successful experiences investing in Good Food businesses.
Andy Whitman, 2X Consumer Products Growth Partners
|11:00 am -12:00 pm||Financing Fair Finalist Pitches||Six finalists make 7-minute pitches followed by a 2-minute investor Q&A
Andy Whitman, 2X Consumer Products Growth Partners, moderator
|12:00-1:00 pm||Lunch||Roti Mediterranean Grill|
|1:00-2:00 pm||Financing Fair||Selected businesses have the chance to network directly with investors in the Good Food space.|
|2:00-2:30 pm||Crowdfunding Update||The impact and outcomes of the SEC’s crowd funding ruling and description of its technical implementation.
Marc J. Lane, Marc J. Lane Wealth Group
|Good Food Business Success Stories||Successful local food businesses outline their respective paths to funding company growth.
Introductions: Jennifer Worstell, Polsinelli Shughart
David Miller, CEO, Iroquois Valley Farms/Working Farms Capital
Scott Mandell, Enjoy Life Foods
Tera Johnson, Founder, Tera’s Whey
John Peterson, Farmer, Angelic Organics
Marc Schulman, CEO, Eli’s Cheesecake, moderator
|4:00-5:30 pm||Good Food Is a Good Investment||Perspectives on investment opportunities in the Good Food space from a diverse group of investors.Introductions: Colleen Callahan, Illinois Rural Development, USDA
Mark Fick, Chicago Community Loan Fund
Kim Hack, SLoFIG
Barbara Stille, 1st Farm Credit Services
Brian Smith, Angel Food Investment Group
Trinita Logue, IFF Founder and President
Chuck Templeton, Impact Engine, moderator