Driving Innovation in Chicago's Booming Good Food Landscape

In its 8th year, FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference is the Midwest’s premier event for thought leaders, innovators, stakeholders and entrepreneurs to learn, connect, cultivate ideas and drive innovation in Chicago’s booming Good Food landscape. Businesses in FamilyFarmed’s network, which includes the Good Food Accelerator, have generated over $50 million in financing.

Insightful presentations and panel discussions, a live pitch competition, dynamic networking and a Financing Fair will make up this year’s Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference on June 19 at Morgan Manufacturing.

Program Lineup Includes Good Food Industry Stars

John Foraker, Keynote Speaker
John was the longtime CEO of Annie’s Homegrown, which sold to General Mills for $820 million in 2014. He is now Co-Founder and CEO of organic baby food startup Once Upon a Farm; actress Jennifer Garner is the company’s Chief Brand Officer.

Carlotta Mast
Carlotta Mast, New Hope Network’s Senior Vice President of Content and Insights, will then join John Foraker in an engaging Fireside Chat. New Hope produces the annual Natural Products EXPO events (West and East) and other industry-leading programming.

Entrepreneurs, investors and stakeholders gain industry insights through thought-provoking Industry Leadership Panel Discussions and may participate in the dynamic Financing Fair, Pitch Competition and Networking Reception.


 

Good Food Pitch Slam and Financing Fair

Entrepreneurs, get your game on! Pitch on stage to potential investors, funders, buyers and thought leaders! Selected entrants will compete for cash prizes and in-kind services at the 2018 Good Food Pitch Slam — Tuesday, June 19 at FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference.

Funders, lenders, investment groups, service providers and entrepreneurs: The Good Food Financing Fair’s dynamic format can be a catalyst to spark new relationships, and the informal environment fosters interaction, networking and exchange of strategies and ideas.


Meet our Good Food Pitch Slam Contestants!

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Meet our Financing Fair Participants!

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Schedule

8:30 a.m. – Registration with Coffee and Pastries
Coffee is generously provided by Big Shoulders Coffee, whose Fresh Roasted, No-nonsense Artisan Coffees are available at five Chicago locations, online or for wholesale purchase. Pastries are generously provided by Flur, producer of delicious and delightful gluten-free baked goods… and a graduate of FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Accelerator! Bagel bites with fresh veggie spreads generously provided by Here, producer of salad dressings, dips and other value-added products emphasizing locally grown produce…also a graduate of the Good Food Accelerator.

9 a.m. – Setting the Stage
Leaders discuss the intersection of entrepreneurship and innovation in Chicago.

  • Charlotte Flinn, President, Flinn Consultants
  • Jim Slama, Founder and CEO, FamilyFarmed and Good Food Accelerator
  • Linda Darragh, Executive Director, Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice, Kellogg School of Management
  • Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler, CEO, 1871
  • 9:20 a.m. -John Foraker Keynote Speech
    John Foraker was the longtime CEO of Annie’s Homegrown, which sold to General Mills for $820 million in 2014. He is now co-founder and CEO of organic baby food startup Once Upon a Farm; actress Jennifer Garner is the company’s chief brand officer.

    9:45 a.m. – Fireside Chat
    Carlotta Mast, New Hope Network’s Senior Vice President of Content and Insights, will join John Foraker in an engaging Fireside Chat. New Hope produces the annual Natural Products EXPO events (West and East) and other industry-leading programming, and publishes Good Food Insights in partnership with FamilyFarmed.

    10:05 a.m. – Breakthrough Entrepreneurs Talk Innovation
    Five entrepreneurial leaders identify their definition of innovation, and share how they apply this thought process to developing their business models, products and services.

  • Dave Donnan (moderator), Senior Partner and Head of Global Food and Beverage Team, A. T. Kearney
  • Megan Klein, President and Co-Founder, Here
  • Katlin Smith, Founder and CEO, Simple Mills

  • Luke Saunders, Founder and CEO, Farmer’s Fridge
  • Jim Parsell, Director Of Business Development, OwlTing USA blockchain platform
  • Jean-Pierre Comte, President Region Americas, Barilla Group

    11:10 a.m. – Big Food + Good Food: Building Strategic Partnerships
    Representatives from Big Food companies discuss how their corporations are approaching “innovation” and how they are building strategic partnerships with emerging Good Food brands.

  • Andy Whitman (moderator), Managing Partner, 2X Consumer Products Growth Partners
  • Sergio Eleuterio, General Manager, Springboard Brands at The Kraft Heinz Company
  • Glenn Pappalardo, Vice President International, RXBAR at Kellogg Company
  • Joel Warady, General Manager, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Enjoy Life Foods at Mondelez International
  • Reese Schroeder, Managing Director at Tyson Ventures
  • 11:50 a.m. – Good Food is a Good Deal: Investor Insights
    Investors share insights on why Good Food is good for the planet, good for people and good for business.

  • Marianne Markowitz (moderator), Managing Director, CIBC Bank USA; former Regional Director, U.S. Small Business Administration; CFO, Obama for America 2008
  • Lauren Rosenthal, Co-Founder and Executive Committee Member, SLoFIG (Sustainable Local Food Investment Group)
  • Peter Wilkins, Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels
  • Chuck Templeton, Managing Director, Seed 2 Growth (S2G) Ventures; founder, Open Table; former Chairman, GrubHub
  • Mark Thomann, Co-Founder, Spiral Sun Ventures
  • Andrew Bluestein, Managing Partner, Bluestein & Associates
  • 12:30 p.m. – Networking Lunch with Farmer’s Fridge
    Lunch is generously provided by Farmer’s Fridge, a popular Chicago company that got a boost from its participation in an earlier Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference. Farmer’s Fridge sells delicious, super-fresh salads in recyclable jars from customized vending machines.

    12:45 p.m. – Breakout Lunch Session: The Retail Food Buyer’s Perspective,
    Entrepreneurs: Learn the top 5 practices buyers are looking for in your pitch meeting, from Patrick Nycz, Founding President, NewPoint Marketing who specializes in emerging brands.

    1:30 p.m. – Good Food Pitch Slam
    The Pitch Slam — a first-ever business pitch competition at the Financing & Innovation Conference — will showcase up-and-coming local stars and provide stakeholders a first look at the latest drivers in the Midwest’s Good Food Business sector.

  • Almondaire
  • Beanstalk
  • Departure Snacks
  • Finger Lakes Fish
  • Frönen
  • Lil’ Gourmets
  • Moon Meals
  • Ready to BRANDS
  • TeaSquares
  • Chutney Devis
  • Sacred Serve
  • Uni Creamer
  • 3:00 p.m. – Chicago + Boulder: Advancing the Impact of Good Food
    CEOs of leading companies in the Good Food industry discuss the growing opportunities for Chicago to elevate its role in national leadership. Moderated by Carlotta Mast, board president of Naturally Boulder and senior vice president for content and insight for New Hope Network.

  • Carlotta Mast (moderator), Senior Vice President of Content and Insights, New Hope Network; Board President, Naturally Boulder
  • Tony Olson, Owner and CEO, SPINS
  • Brandon Barnholt, President and CEO, KeHE Distributors
  • Bill Weiland, Owner, Presence Marketing, Inc.
  • Jim Slama, Founder and CEO, FamilyFarmed and Good Food Accelerator
  • 3:35 p.m. – Good Food Accelerator Showcase and Pitch Slam Award Presentation
    Get a first look at the great product offerings from our most recent Good Food Accelerator (GFA) graduates, and hear a progress report from select alumni you know and love during our GFA Showcase. Then stay tuned for the moment you’ve been waiting for — as we announce the winners of our Good Food Pitch Slam! The Audience Choice Award will be presented, and our Judges’ Choice will receive their award along with insights from the industry-expert judges.

    4:30 p.m. – Financing Fair
    Put Yourself In Front Of The Money at the Financing Fair — the longtime heart of the Financing & Innovation Conference! Entrepreneurs gain visibility and interact with prospective investors, funders, fellow entrepreneurs, service providers and other stakeholders. Funders, lenders, investment groups and service providers get a close-up look at Chicago’s hottest new brands.

    5:00 p.m. – Networking Reception; Financing Fair Continues
    Celebrate and solidify relationships while sharing craft food and beverages!

     

    Presenters

    Brandon Barnholt

    Brandon Barnholt

    President and CEO, KeHE Distributors
    Andrew Bluestein

    Andrew Bluestein

    Managing Partner, Bluestein & Associates
    Jean-Pierre Comte

    Jean-Pierre Comte

    President Region Americas, Barilla Group
    Linda Darragh

    Linda Darragh

    Executive Director, Levy Institute for Entrepreneurial Practice, Kellogg School of Management

    Dave Donnan

    Dave Donnan

    Senior Partner and Head of Global Food and Beverage Team, A. T. Kearney
    Sergio Eleuterio

    Sergio Eleuterio

    General Manager, Springboard Brands at The Kraft Heinz Company
    Charlotte Flinn

    Charlotte Flinn

    President, Flinn Consultants
    John Foraker

    John Foraker

    Co-Founder and CEO, Once Upon a Farm; former CEO, Annie

    Megan Klein

    Megan Klein

    President & Co-Founder, Here
    Carlotta Mast

    Carlotta Mast

    Senior Vice President of Content and Insights, New Hope Network; Board President, Naturally Boulder
    Marianne Markowitz

    Marianne Markowitz

    Managing Director, CIBC Bank USA; former Regional Director, U.S. Small Business Administration; CFO, Obama for America 2008
    Patrick Nycz

    Patrick Nycz

    Founding President, NewPoint

    Tony Olson

    Tony Olson

    Owner and CEO, SPINS
    Glenn Pappalardo

    Glenn Pappalardo

    Vice President International, RXBAR (at Kellogg Company)
    Shelby Parchman

    Shelby Parchman

    Managing Partner at InUrban Strategies, LLC; Growth & Advancement Strategist, Good Food Accelerator
    Jim Parsell

    Jim Parsell

    Director Of Business Development, OwlTing USA Blockchain Platform

    Lauren Rosenthal

    Lauren Rosenthal

    Co-Founder and Executive Committee Member, SLoFIG (Sustainable Local Food Investment Group)
    Luke Saunders

    Luke Saunders

    Founder and CEO, Farmer’s Fridge
    Reese Schroeder

    Reese Schroeder

    Managing Director at Tyson Ventures
    Jim Slama

    Jim Slama

    Founder and CEO, FamilyFarmed and Good Food Accelerator

    Katlin Smith

    Katlin Smith

    Founder and CEO, Simple Mills
    Chuck Templeton

    Chuck Templeton

    Managing Director, Seed 2 Growth (S2G) Ventures; founder, Open Table; former Chairman, GrubHub
    Mark Thomman

    Mark Thomman

    Co-Founder, Spiral Sun Ventures
    Joel Warady

    Joel Warady

    General Manager, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Enjoy Life Foods (at Mondelez International)

    Bill Weiland

    Bill Weiland

    Owner, Presence Marketing, Inc.
    Andrew Whitman

    Andrew Whitman

    Managing Partner, 2X Consumer Products Growth Partners
    Peter Wilkins

    Peter Wilkins

    Managing Director, Hyde Park Angels
    Elizabeth "Betsy" Ziegler

    Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler

    CEO, 1871

     

    Good Food Pitch Slam Judges

    Tera Johnson

    Tera Johnson

    Founder and Director of Food Finance Institute and Founder of teraswhey™
    Michael Lavin

    Michael Lavin

    Founder & Managing Partner, Germin8 Ventures
    Jessica Martin

    Jessica Martin

    Director of Client Relations & Portfolio Management, C.A. Fortune
    Cristina Rohr

    Cristina Rohr

    Vice President, Seed 2 Growth (S2G) Ventures
    Alya Adamany Woods

    Alya Adamany Woods

    Executive Director, ChicagoNEXT

     
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