The Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference is the Midwest’s premiere event for thought leaders, innovators, stakeholders and entrepreneurs to learn, connect, cultivate ideas and drive innovation for Chicago’s booming Good Food and Natural Products landscape.

The 2019 Good Food Pitch Slam, presented by Naturally Chicago and the Good Food Accelerator, is over the top. Leading companies and service providers have generously donated business-building prizes for a package with a total value of more than $100,000. Prizes include a complimentary booth and the opportunity to pitch at the 2020 Natural Products Expo East in Philadelphia  — donated by our partners at New Hope Network!

The Pitch Slam showcases stars among early-stage entrepreneurs and provides stakeholders a first look at the latest drivers in the Midwest’s Good Food Business sector. Emerging brands will pitch to an audience of investors, venture capitalists and family offices, large-scale food buyers and industry leaders. Businesses in FamilyFarmed’s Good Food Accelerator network that participated in past conferences have raised more than $84 million in capital.


*There is no fee to apply for the 2019 Good Food Pitch Slam. Selected companies will be notified no later than Oct 23. Selected companies will receive a complimentary ticket to the conference and an exhibit table at the Financing Fair. Participation in the Financing Fair is required for all pitching companies. If a selected company has already purchased a ticket to the conference, it will be refunded upon acceptance into The Slam. For more information and to view the application go to


NEW HOPE NETWORK: A booth at 2020 Expo East in Philadelphia and opportunity to pitch in the Expo East Pitch Slam.

CPG.IO: 1 year of full access to account management and marketing execution services from a top omni-channel, optimization and fulfillment brand partner.

SRW: Pitch Slam winner will work with SRW Agency — a full-service agency with a penchant for growing natural health and wellness brands — on one brand video that includes a half-day shoot, interviews with founder(s) and key stakeholders, and best practices for utilizing the video

sgsco: This global collective delivering end-to-end marketing solutions from concept through implementation will provide a suite of services that could include (based on prize winner’s preference) a food photography session, packaging production artwork, e-commerce product photography, sales samples and influencer kits, or POP/POS prototype (design and print).

Whole Brain Consulting: Consulting services from the company’s experts in outsourced operations management, food safety compliance and supply chain management.

Smoketown LLC: Marketing, growth and strategy consulting services from a leading brand & innovation strategy agency.

SPINS: One-time snapshot of Natural Channel data from the industry’s leading data firm.

Polsinelli: Legal services from a top law firm that specializes in working with food, beverage and consumer product companies.

Accelerated Growth: 40 hours of financial modeling/analysis or 15 hours of board advisory from this top CPG finance, operations and technology consulting firm, based on winner’s needs.

NewPoint Marketing: Assessment from a top food industry marketing firm to address prize winner’s specific marketing needs, followed by consulting services to address those needs.

Makeena: This location-enabled web and mobile platform for the natural products industry provides one year of its Premium Package for its Shopper Engagement & Insights Platform.

Pod Foods: 6-month Premium Membership with this innovative distributor for growing brands

Pitch Slam Presented by Naturally Chicago

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