The Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) Health & Wellness Investor Forum

  • Wednesday, 09/13/2017: 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Room: Hilton, Holiday Ballroom 1


The Nutrition Capital Network (NCN) Health & Wellness Investor Forum is a one-day event dedicated to investors and strategic players in the nutrition, natural products and health & wellness industries. Perspective will be provided on market growth, new product trends, transaction activity in both M&A and equity financing. Discussion panels will include lessons learned by seasoned investors and serial entrepreneurs.

Don't miss interactive sessions devoted to:

  • Market fundamentals, deal flow, transactions trends in M&A and financing
  • Top 10 trends in branded products and nutrition science
  • Changing landscape of the health & wellness investor and environment for exits
  • Corporate innovation, venturing, incubators and engaging with the small business community
  • Deal Profile Q&A: Entrepreneurs with recently closed investments share their perspective on the deal process 

Forum attendees will also have the opportunity to share a networking breakfast, inspiring keynote, and the Pitch-Slam Semi-Finals with Natural Products Business School participants.  

Cost: $295.00 (Not included with Super Pass Upgrade)

Register for the Health & Wellness Investor Forum



7:45 - 8:20am   Registration & Business School Networking (Light Breakfast Included) *

8:20 - 8:30am   Welcome & Partner Spotlight *

  • Rachael Shayne, Culture Architect & Brand Strategist

8:30 - 9:00am   Opening Inspiration *

9:00 - 9:30am    NCN's Health & Wellness Industry Fundamentals, Deal Flow, and Transactions Trends in M&A and Financing

  • Grant Ferrier, Nutrition Capital Network

9:30 - 10:00am   NHN's Top 10 Trends in Branded Products and in Nutrition Science

  • Carlotta Mast, New Hope Network

10:00 - 10.45am $100 Million Brands in the 2000s: Where They Came From and How They Grew

  • Greg Horn, Specialty Nutrition Group

11:15am - 12:00pm  Building a Platform for the Next Generation of $100 Million Brands: Key Differentiators in Science, Product Development, Marketing Strategy and Tactics to Millennials and Boomers

  • Jeff Hilton, BrandHive 
  • Greg Horn, Specialty Nutrition Group
  • Bob Burke, Natural Products Consulting
  • Tim Avila, Systems Bioscience

12.00 - 12:45pm  Networking Lunch *

1:00 - 2:00pm      The Changing Landscape of the Health & Wellness Investor - New Funds, New Formats, New Agendas: Private Equity to Corporate Venturing to Superangels; Top 20 Transactions in 2017; Trends in Valuations, Deal Structures, Syndicates and Co-investments; Environment for Exits and Fundraising

  • Mike Burgmaier, Whipstitch Capital 
  • Nick McCoy, Whipstitch Capital

2:00 - 3:30pm: ‘Alternative Financing Models’ in the Natural Products and Health & Wellness Industry: Private Equity, Corporate Venture, Incubators, Accelerators, Crowdfunding All Look Outside the Box at Earlier Stage Investments; A Natural Products Industry Take on the 500 Startups Model

Investor Case Studies: Corporate Innovation, Venturing, Incubators and Engaging with the Small Business Community

  • Brent Knudsen, Financo 

3:30 - 5:00pm: Entrepreneur Case Studies: Companies That Recently Closed Investments Share Their Perspective on the Deal Process 

  • Poorvi Patodia, Biena
  • Matt Clifford, Barnana
  • Dan Aziz, Premama

5:00 - 5:05pm   Pitch-Slam Semi-Finals Kickoff + Partner Spotlight *

5:05 - 6:00pm    Pitch-Slam Semi-Finals Competition *

*  Co-located with the Natural Products Business School



    Bob Burke

    Natural Products Consulting

    Carlotta Mast

    Senior Vice President of Content
    New Hope Network

    Grant Ferrier

    Managing Director
    Nutrition Capital Network

    Jeff Hilton

    Partner & Co-founder

    Jonathon Larson

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Oriya Organics

    Matthew Clifford

    Co-Founder & COO

    Mike Burgmaier

    Managing Director & Co-Founder
    Whipstitch Capital

    Nicolas McCoy

    Managing Director & Co-Founder
    Whipstitch Capital

    Rachael Shayne

    Culture Architect & Brand Strategist
    Former CEO, Cubspot

    Tim Avila

    Founder & CEO
    Systems Bioscience, Inc.