Beyond Meat Chairman Headlines 11th Annual

Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference

Join a world class lineup of emerging brands, investors and food leaders

If you are an investor, entrepreneur, emerging brand or otherwise involved in building a better food system, don’t miss the 2019 Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference on Wednesday, November 6, at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago’s Fulton Market district!

Now celebrating its 11th year, this industry-leading event is the Midwest’s premier gathering for thought leaders, innovators, stakeholders and entrepreneurs across Chicago’s booming Good Food and Natural Products landscape.


2019 Highlights

Keynote Speaker

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Seth Goldman, Executive Chair of Beyond Meat, Founder of Honest Tea

Seth Goldman is Executive Chair of Beyond Meat, whose lines of plant-based burgers, sausage and other meat alternatives are transforming people’s dining habits. Beyond Meat had a hugely successful IPO this spring, and its current valuation is over $11 billion. Goldman’s role at Beyond Meat segued from his earlier huge success, as founder and “TeaEO” of Honest Tea, which he sold to Coca-Cola. Following his keynote, Seth will be joined by a panel of early Beyond Meat investors to discuss how they helped the company scale up.

Fireside Chat

Kimbal Musk

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Kimbal Musk is a chef, restaurateur and philanthropist. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of three real food companies that are rapidly scaling across the U.S. The Kitchen Restaurant Group serves real food at every price point, and sources food from American farmers, stimulating the local farm economy to the tune of millions of dollars a year. His non-profit organization, Big Green, builds permanent outdoor Learning Garden classrooms in hundreds of underserved schools across America, reaching more than 350,000 students every day. And his tech-enabled urban farming company, Square Roots, grows hyper-local real food — year-round — while empowering the next generation of farmers. His personal mission is to pursue an America where everyone has access to real food.

Dave Donnan

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Dave Donnan is Partner Emeritus with the A.T. Kearney Global Management Consulting Firm. He was the longtime Global Food and Beverage lead, and is widely recognized as an industry leader with a diverse background who actively speaks and writes on topics of importance to the agriculture, food and beverage, retail, and restaurant industries. Dave has presented at a variety of industry conferences for the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Food Marketing Institute, National Restaurant Association, and the Retail Council of Canada. His latest ventures include serving as a board member of Rubicon Organics, a Canada-based cannabis company, and as investor/adviser to Chicago’s Spiral Sun Ventures.

Additional Highlights: 

Industry Leaders Discuss the Growing Intersection of Big Food + Good Food   

Breakthrough Entrepreneurs Talk Innovation

Naturally Chicago Presents The Annual Good Food Pitch Slam Competition

Meet Emerging Brands at the Financing Fair

Fundraising Reception with Leading Chicago Chefs


Successful Exits Panel with Skinny Pop, Protein Bar, Enjoy Life Foods, and Tera’s Whey

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Featured Speakers

Stephanie Morimoto

Owner & CEO, Asutra

Luke Saunders

Founder and CEO, Farmer’s Fridge

Kurt Seidensticker

Founder and CEO, Vital Proteins

Katlin Smith

Founder and CEO, Simple Mills

Brigette Wolf

Head of SnackFutures Innovation, Mondelēz International


Pitch Slam & Financing Fair

Win Prizes Valued $100,000+ at Naturally Chicago Pitch Slam

Entrepreneurs: Get your game on and pitch on stage to potential investors, funders, buyers and thought leaders. Compete for cash prizes and in-kind services, including a complimentary booth and the opportunity to pitch at Natural Products Expo East 2020! Applications to participate in the Good Food Pitch Slam closes Oct 18, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Learn More & Apply to Pitch

What is the Financing Fair?

Entrepreneurs, investors, funders, lenders, and service providers: Gain visibility and connect with other stakeholders who can help you grow your businesses. Spark new relationships, network and exchange ideas!  Applications to participate in the 2019 Financing Fair close on Oct 18, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Learn More & Apply for the Financing Fair

2019 Conference Presented by Presence Marketing

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