Natural Products Business School is a full-day of learning and networking designed to provide entrepreneurs with targeted, in-depth solutions to common business challenges, and an opportunity to connect with the ecosystem of service providers who can partner with you toward success.
Cost: $195 Exhibitors / $295 Attendees (Not included with Super Pass Upgrade.)
Tackle the intricacies of raising capital while maintaining a strong mission.
7:45am - 8:20am Registration and Networking Light Breakfast
8:20am - 8:30am Welcome & Partner Spotlight
8:30am - 9:00am Fireside Chat with Kara Goldin
Distilling and defining your mission as an entreprenuer takes work, but reaps big rewards. Kara Goldin, founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., will share her remarkable story of creating and growing a successful mission-driven company. Kara has been named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ 40 Women to Watch Over 40.
9:00am - 9:45am Crafting a Retellable Story
To draw your customers, rally your investors, and build your key partnerships, you have to tell a good story. But what is a story, really, and how will yours be remembered and retold? Join Jay Golden, founder, storytelling coach and author of Retellable: How Your Essential Stories Unlock Power and Purpose, in an interactive exploration into how stories work, how they guide meaning, and how your own collection of essential stories can transform the world around you.
9:45am - 10:00am Let's Be Real: Stories of Successful Impact Entreprenuership
- Katlin Smith, Simple Mills
10:00am - 10:40am Profit with Purpose: Creating a Measurable Mission-Based Business Plan
10:40am - 11:00am Mission Possible: Staying True in a Changing World
In 2017 Applegate, the nation’s leading natural and organic meat company, celebrates 30 years of “Changing the Meat We Eat.” Senior Director of Mission, Gina Asoudegan will discuss how the company’s mission has evolved over 30 years to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving marketplace.
11:00am - 11:40am Shine Brighter: Understanding your Business Financials
In this workshop, we'll explore different elements of financials so that you can leave feeling confident and fearless.
- Tera Johnson, Food Finance Institute + Tera's Whey
COGS,Pricing, & Margins
Managing Trade Spend
11:40am - 11:45pm Partner Spotlight
11:45pm - 12:30pm Networking Lunch
12:30pm - 12:45pm Coming Soon!
12:45pm - 1:30pm Brands Just Want to Have Fun(ds): Exploring the Funding Landscape
Cheryl Clements, PieShell
Jessica Bates, Dwight Funding
Ross Davisson, CircleUp
Additional Featured Panelists Coming Soon!
1:30pm – 2:15pm What Does an Investor Really Want?
In this interactive improv-style session, join us for a front row seat to an investor conversation.
- Mark Haas, The Helmsman Group
- Wayne Wu, VMG
2:15pm - 3:00pm Pitfalls to Avoid When Raising Capital
Jennifer Rosenthal, KO Firm
Carole Buyers, BIGR Ventures
Duane Primozich, BIGR Ventures
3:00pm - 3:15pm Networking Break
3:15pm - 3:45pm Don't Go Alone: The Value of Mentorship + Finding your People
Rachael Shayne, Culture Architect & Brand Strategist
Jane Miller, Janeknows.com
3:45pm - 4:30pm Impact Capitalism: Exiting Differently + New Ways to Think about Liquidity
Moderator: Nancy Rosenzweig, Big Path Capital
Diana Propper de Callejon, Cranemere Inc.
4:30pm - 5:00 pm Breathe, Think + Do Like an Exponential Leader
- Jenelle Cobb, Executive & Business Growth Coach
5:00pm - 5:05pm Pitch-Slam Semi-Finals Kickoff + Partner Spotlight
5:05pm - 6:00pm Pitch-Slam Semi-Finals Competition
Click here for the Pitch-Slam Application