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

    SVP of Content & Insights
    New Hope Network, Informa Global Health & Nutrition 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

    Senior Director Partnerships, Sales & Marketing

    Tim Avila

    Founder & CEO
    Systems Bioscience, Inc.