JUNE 1-8 | VIRTUAL EDUCATION SERIES
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Business Training for Early-Stage Food & Beverage Brands

Each day, from June 1st to June 7th, we’ll drop a lesson on fundraising, formulation, operations, branding and marketing, or sales and distribution strategies. All those lessons will culminate on Tuesday, June 8th with a live panel, networking sessions, and expert round tables. Dive into the lessons and bring your questions to the live event.

In an effort to support emerging brands as they grow, this is a free opportunity for the entire food and beverage community, but prior registration is required. You do not need to be a BevNET & NOSH subscriber to access the presentations leading up to or during the live event. Once the live event venue is closed, video playback will require a subscription to BevNET & NOSH

 

 

Operations

Learn the Ropes of the Industry

Come learn the basics of operating a business in the food and beverage industry. Topics include product design, sales channels, legal keys for startups, branding, funding and best practices.

Growth

Set the Foundation for Growth

Designed for early-stage food brands, Boot Camp helps lay the foundation for success. Learn the tools and create the connections needed to scale and grow within this competitive industry.

Connecting

Connect with Industry Experts and Peers

Open networking and roundtable discussions at the end of the program give attendees the opportunity to dive deeper and ask speakers their questions.







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Past Boot Camp Speakers

  • Michelle  Fox, Director, Investment Strategy, Brand Growth Solutions, SPINS - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Michelle Fox

    Director, Investment Strategy, Brand Growth Solutions, SPINS

    Michelle  Fox, Director, Investment Strategy, Brand Growth Solutions, SPINS - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Michelle Fox

    Director, Investment Strategy, Brand Growth Solutions, SPINS

    Michelle Fox is a data-fluent professional who works closely with SPINS’ clients to help them translate and unlock the value of data. Drawing on over seven years of relevant experience, Michelle oversees the delivery of strategic analyses, insights, and recommendations for leading companies and investors within the Natural, Organic, and Specialty products industry. She enables clients to achieve sustained, profitable growth by using data to pinpoint opportunities and developing growth strategies to effectively capture them.

  • Bob   Burke, Founder, Natural Products Consulting - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Bob Burke

    Founder, Natural Products Consulting

    Bob   Burke, Founder, Natural Products Consulting - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Bob Burke

    Founder, Natural Products Consulting

    As a consultant since 1998, Bob Burke provides assistance in bringing natural, organic and specialty products to market across most classes of trade. This includes work in strategic planning, growth strategies, writing sales, marketing and business plans, budgeting, pricing, building distribution, broker selection and management, organizational development, strategic options, financing, branding, trade spending management and assistance around M&A, due diligence and venture strategy groups. He is also the co-author and co-publisher of the Natural Products Field Manual, Ninth Edition. Prior to consulting, Bob was with Stonyfield Farm Yogurt for 11 years as Vice President, Sales & Corporate Development and Vice President, Marketing & Sales. He has held marketing positions with Colombo, Inc. and Sperry Top-Sider. He received an MBA from Babson College.

  • Betsy McGinn, Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Betsy McGinn

    Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting

    Betsy McGinn, Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Betsy McGinn

    Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting

    Betsy is the co-author of The Amazon Roadmap: How Innovative Brands are Reinventing the Path to Market, the quintessential start-to-finish guide for brands who want to launch, recalibrate, or optimize their business on Amazon and ensure continued growth on this powerful platform. As Seventh Generation’s first eCommerce channel director, Betsy pioneered the company’s innovative eComm strategy and created a thriving multimillion-dollar partnership with Amazon and other key online retailers. Since founding McGinn eComm in 2014, Betsy has worked with hundreds of natural and specialty brands to establish and strengthen their presence on Amazon. From product development and profitability analysis to guiding organizational change, McGinn eComm leads clients through every step of this complex channel, helping to ensure a successful and profitable online businesses. With more than a decade of eCommerce experience, Betsy is a thought-leader and regular speaker at workshops and conferences globally. Visit Betsy at mcginnecomm.com

  • Nick McCoy, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Whipstich Capital - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Nick McCoy

    Managing Director & Co-Founder, Whipstich Capital

    Nick McCoy, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Whipstich Capital - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Nick McCoy

    Managing Director & Co-Founder, Whipstich Capital

    Nick McCoy is a Co-Founder and Managing Director with Whipstitch Capital, the largest independent investment bank in the U.S solely focused on the better-for-you consumer sector. Nick has over 20 years of investment banking experience and has worked with Whipstitch co-founder Mike Burgmaier since 2008 at a previous investment bank that Nick also co-founded. Previously Nick was in the Investment Banking Group at First Albany (now Jeffries), Director of M&A at Allmerica Financial Corp, and a Senior Associate, Corporate Development at Wheelabrator Technologies. Nick often speaks and is quoted on various investiture and acquisition-related topics. Personally, Nick is an avid road cyclist and thinks it’s ok to cross country ski in below-zero temperatures. He’s a health-focused foodie, cooks frequently and has an extensive knowledge of wine and whiskey (just ask him). Nick is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has an MBA from Wake Forest University and an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire.

  • Becky Nelson Dahl, Founder and Creative Director, Bex Brands - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Becky Nelson Dahl

    Founder and Creative Director, Bex Brands

    Becky Nelson Dahl, Founder and Creative Director, Bex Brands - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Becky Nelson Dahl

    Founder and Creative Director, Bex Brands

    Coming from Wisconsin but living in Southern California, Becky has an understanding of consumers on the coast and in Middle America. At BexBrands, she leads a team of designers and communication visionaries that find unique and authentic ways to connect brands with their tribe, no matter where they live or what their lifestyle. Mostly food drink and beauty, all clients have an aligned vision to make the world’s community healthier and happier. Experience includes: Suja Organic Juice, Chameleon Cold Brew, Dr. Praeger’s, Once Upon a Farm, Back to the Roots, Barnana, Bumble Bee, Lily’s

  • Monica Guzman Escobar , CEO, Startr Co. - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Monica Guzman Escobar

    CEO, Startr Co.

    Monica Guzman Escobar , CEO, Startr Co. - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Monica Guzman Escobar

    CEO, Startr Co.

    Monica Guzman Escobar is the CEO of Startr Co., a modern public relations partner and champion for startups and emerging businesses. Utilizing her almost 15 years of experience, Monica oversees the execution of high impact PR campaigns for CPG brands in the food and beverage, health & wellness, and family/children arenas. Acting as a resource for brands amidst meteoric growth, and providing high level strategy for all agency work, Monica is on a mission to provide inventive solutions that enable businesses to reach their full potential. Under Monica’s leadership, Startr Co. works in partnership with today’s leading companies including, RightRice, SmartSweets, Bobo’s, Beanfields and Cappello’s, to name a few. Prior to Startr Co., Monica was one of the founding members of Konnect Agency in 2009. Acting as COO of Konnect, she helped grow the business from a handful of clients, to more than 60, all while growing a team of 3 to more than 50. At Konnect, she was crucial in bringing on and leading campaigns for brands including Lyft, Dave & Buster’s, Rhythm Superfoods, The Goddard School, Nuna, Attune Foods, Nautica, and others. Previous to Konnect, Monica held positions with PMK•BNC and Rox United Public Relations (previously RLPR), where she supported campaigns for brands including Nike, Got Milk?, Cheerios, Delta and Heineken.

  • David  Levinson, Principal, AF Ventures - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    David Levinson

    Principal, AF Ventures

    David  Levinson, Principal, AF Ventures - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    David Levinson

    Principal, AF Ventures

    David is a Vice President where he supports the investment activities of the Fund, including sourcing and due diligence. He also works with the founders of our investments building their financial plans. Prior to joining the Fund, David worked at Incentrum Group in a strategic advisory role for select life sciences & healthcare corporate clients and pursued private equity and venture-oriented investing. Before that, David worked at BNP Paribas in both their M&A and capital markets groups. David holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University.

  • Kelly  Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Kelly Criswell

    Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency

    Kelly  Criswell, Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Kelly Criswell

    Chief Creative Officer, The GRO Agency

    As The GRO Agency Chief Creative Officer, Kelly Criswell lives and breathes CPG packaging. After 17 years steeped in the space, she still spends her days studying packaging design with a keen eye for impact, identity, hierarchy, and clarity.

  • Mike Anderson, CEO, Cali'flour Foods - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Mike Anderson

    CEO, Cali'flour Foods

    Mike Anderson, CEO, Cali'flour Foods - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Mike Anderson

    CEO, Cali'flour Foods

    CEO of Cali’flour Foods. Joined in May, 2019. From 2018-2019 Mike was head of business development at Factory LLC in Bethlehem, PA. and still functions as an advisor for Factory. Mike was a food broker from 1989-2018. From 2002-2018 Mike was a member of the management team that founded and established Natural Specialty Sales, the natural and specialty division of Acosta Sales and Marketing. Mike was president of NS Sales from 2003 until his retirement in 2018. NS Sales assisted many major natural product brands such as Kashi, Silk, Horizon, Annie’s, Stonyfield, Pacific Foods, the Hain Celestial family of products, Cascadian Farms, Applegate, Bragg, Talenti gelato and hundreds of other brands. Member of Sprouts vendor advisory council, FMI emerge, Naturally Boulder, and serves as advisor to several natural product companies. Attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

  • Dan Gluck, Co-Founder & Board Director, Health Warrior - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Dan Gluck

    Co-Founder & Board Director, Health Warrior

  • Beril Ancel, Regional Supplier Development Manager, UNFI - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Beril Ancel

    Regional Supplier Development Manager, UNFI

    Beril Ancel, Regional Supplier Development Manager, UNFI - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Beril Ancel

    Regional Supplier Development Manager, UNFI

    Beril Ancel is the Regional Supplier Development Manager at UNFI which is the largest natural and organic food distributor in the nation. In UNFI’s Next department, Beril is responsible for curating category disruptors and breakthrough brands that are headquartered in the Southwest Region. In this position, she mentors emerging suppliers throughout each phase of their unique growth and development challenges. Prior to becoming a Supplier Manager, Beril gained extensive sales experience by working in various positions as a Regional Sales Manager for Independent Stores, West Region Sales Manager for foodservice, and as the Norcal Account Manager for foodservice in her 10 years at UNFI. Previous to UNFI, Beril owned a sales brokerage company where she represented 13 different brands across the West Coast. She was also a national sales manager for Wild Garden Hummus and Artisana Raw and Organic Nut Butters. Beril holds a marketing degree from UC Berkeley and is fluent in French as well as Turkish, her maternal language. She resides in Carlsbad, California with her husband and her one-year old daughter Mila. In her spare time, she loves traveling and trying as many different food dishes as her stomach allows.

  • Benjamin Levy, Vice President, Echo Capital Group - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Benjamin Levy

    Vice President, Echo Capital Group

    Benjamin Levy, Vice President, Echo Capital Group - BevNET & NOSH Present Boot Camp

    Benjamin Levy

    Vice President, Echo Capital Group

    Benjamin Levy is Vice President of Echo Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based firm focused on investing growth capital, operational expertise, and strategic collaboration in high growth consumer companies. Backed by the family office of the Hot Pockets® co-founder, ECHO combines decades of proven success with the fresh, dynamic insight needed to support emerging companies today. At ECHO Ben leads investments for the firm, and provides guidance in marketing, fundraising, governance, and growth strategy to portfolio companies through board service. He has over 15 years of experience managing small business growth in the consumer branded space. Prior to joining ECHO, Ben served as Private Equity Manger for the international investment firm, Consolidated Investment Group (CIG), where he led origination, diligence, and created growth plans for acquisitions in the food and beverage industry.

June 1-7: Presentations Released | June 8: Live Networking Event

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    Boot Camp Presentation #1

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    Boot Camp Presentation #2

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    Boot Camp Presentation #3

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    Boot Camp Presentation #4

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    Boot Camp Presentation #5

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  • 3:00 PM
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    3:30 PM
    Boot Camp Live Panel Discussion
  • 3:35 PM
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    4:00 PM
    Boot Camp Open Networking
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    4:00 PM
    Expert #1 Round Table
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    4:00 PM
    Expert #2 Round Table
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    4:00 PM
    Expert #3 Round Table
  • 3:35 PM
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    4:00 PM
    Expert #4 Round Table

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