Every Wednesday in March, Branchfood hosted an entrepreneur to tell the story of how they launched a successful food tech enterprise.
Our lineup of cutting-edge entrepreneurs dove deep into the challenges and lessons learned about launching a food tech company. Stories covered early pitfalls of starting a biz, obtaining partners and funding, and reaching buyers and users.
Gabe Blanchet from Grove: Along with his former roommate, Gabe launched an aquaponic indoor garden company from his MIT dorm room in 2013, picking up $2 million in seed funding within the first year. Grove's 2014 kickstarter campaign received 412% funding is now shipping around the country.
Jessica Angell from Cabbige: is a marketer-turned-techie who developed price-optimization software to enchance post-harvest business for small farmers and help them make more money. Since Cabbige's launch two years ago, sixty farms have signed on, earning almost 10% more revenue on average. (Moderator: Lisa Sebesta from Fresh Source Capital and Slow Money Boston)
Eli Feldman from Clothbound: is a 20-year restaurant veteran who developed a LinkedIn-like app to solve an industry-wide hiring crisis. After competing in the 2015 MassChallenge Accelerator, Eli launched Clothbound and brought on more than 20 top restaurants including Bondir, Toro, Row 34, Oleana, and Craigie on Main. (Moderator: Kelly Hulme from The Chanticleer Nantucket)
Cai Rintoul from Provender: is a chef-turned-entrepreneur who co-developed an app to connect chefs looking for fresh quality ingredients with local farmers through a virtual marketplace. Since its launch in 2013, Provender has raised $800k in seed funding and facilitated millions of dollars in transactions between chefs and farmers.
What an amazing opportunity to learn from these savvy founders, hear their #BOSFoodStory, network with them, and soak in some of their #hustle.