What is the Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference?

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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Beyond Meat Executive Chairman Seth Goldman 

Seth Goldman is Executive Chairman of Beyond Meat, whose line of plant-based line of 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, restauranteur, and philanthropist. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of three real food companies that are rapidly scaling across the US. 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 over 350,000 students everyday. 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 a partner with A.T. Kearney Global Management Consulting Firm in the Consumer Products & Retail Practice. Dave leads the global food and beverage sector, 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. He has also appeared on Bloomberg TV and is quoted in various business journals including BusinessWeekThe Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.

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

Entrepreneurs and Industry Stakeholders Network at the Financing Fair

Fundraising Reception with Special Guest Speakers

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Featured Speakers

Scott Mandell

President, Cannabistry Labs; Co-Founder, Enjoy Life Foods

Cristina Rhor

Vice President, Seed 2 Growth (S2G) Ventures

Shelby Parchman

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

Carlotta Mast

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


Pitch Slam & Financing Fair

What is the Good Food 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 at Natural Products Expo East 2020! Applications to participate in the 2019 Good Food Pitch Slam close Oct 1, 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 1, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Learn More & Apply for the Financing Fair

2019 Conference Presented by Presence Marketing

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