Lauren is the Founder of Branchfood. Branched provides resources for individuals launching and growing food businesses including workspace, events, and education, as well as an angel network, Branch Venture Group.
Alex is the founder of Shameless Pets. She is also a Nutritionist and CPG Food Product Developer with a successful history of formulating, commercializing and launching innovative Organic, Non-GMO, Allergen-Free, Paleo, Kosher and Vegan food products in the Natural/Organic space.
Co Chairperson and Convener at the Maine Food System Innovation Challenge
Bill is Co-Chair of the Maine Innovation Challenge. The Challenge encourages entrepreneurs to create innovative and sustainable enterprises to support the expansion of locally grown and harvested food and seafood.
Marcia is a Co-founder at Branch Venture Group and has over 30 years of venture investing experience. Her portfolio is driven by supporting entrepreneurs across industries including food-related services, consumer, internet marketing, and business services.
Founder and Managing Director, Goose Inc.
Rachel is the Founder and Managing Director of Goose, Inc., a holding company with investment interests in the Caribbean and United States. They have interests in consulting, tourism, adult beverage, and CPG.
Willem Meyer is the Founder of Campitor. Campitor invests in food and beverage brands and agribusinesses. Willem and his team join us from South Africa and are interested in opportunities with US businesses.
Joyce is the Founder of Nibble Snack Shop. At Nibble, you’ll find an electric mix of tasty, well-sourced snacks. Before launching Nibble, Joyce had a stellar professional career leading marketing for Unidine, Welch’s, Cosi, Bertucci’s and more.
Senior Vice President of Media Solutions at MyWebGrocer
Shaun is the SVP of Media Solutions at MyWebGrocer. MyWebGrocer is a software platform for grocers and CPG brands to attract, engage, transact with and retain grocery shoppers through digital channels.
Heather is the founder of Aston Plus and author of Mind to Mouth. She provides fractional marketing leadership for technology innovators across all aspects of marketing, including branding, corporate communications, digital marketing and content strategy.
Ahmad is the founder of Evergreens. Evergreens is an AgTech company leveraging controlled environment growing techniques & industrial automation to produce chemical & GMO-free produce all year round!
Owner at Veggie Table Foods, LLC
Dale is the Founder and CEO of Veggie Table. Veggie Table manufactures plant-based, gluten free, all natural baked foods. It offers a healthy twist on your favorite foods including pizza crusts, quiche crusts, and rolls.
Chris is an architect at Perkins+Will. P+W is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm with the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities. P+W collaborates with clients to create healthy, sustainable places to live, learn, work, play and heal.
Founder of Amanda Laden International
Amanda is the founder of Amanda Laden International and helps organizations work through complex human capital and business issues, ensuring they achieve clarity and take action. She has specific expertise working with wine, beer and spirits companies, understanding their complexities including import and distribution, sourcing, marketing and sales.
Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships at Freight Farms
Brian is the Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships at Freight Farms and Advisor to Branchfood. Freight Farms empowers individuals and organizations with the physical and digital solutions needed to supply their communities with fresh produce year-round, in all climate conditions.
President of Made Concepts
Frank is the President of Made Concepts helping their customers introduce and deliver the most creative, innovative and profitable products in the world. He is an operations and supply chain consultant supporting F&B, consumer packaged goods and packaging industries globally.
Danilo is the Co-founder and CEO at BovControl. BovControl is a data collection and analysis tool to improve performance on meat, milk and genetics production. Danilo is a serial entrepreneur and is from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Founder of Swoffle Stroopwafels
Julia is the Founder of Swoffle Stroopwafels, the first organic, gluten-free stroopwafels on the market. Each individually wrapped Swoffle is organic, non-gmo, and kosher. Every Swoffle purchased helps to provide a meal to those in need. She is also a member of Branch Venture Group and Founding Venture Partner at NextGen.
Three-Time Founder and CEO
Chris is a three-time founder and seasoned CEO. He is committed to natural, healthy products that are sustainably produced and supportive of the communities that produce them. He is interested to meet high-growth food startups in need of business guidance.
James is the founder of P E R I LL A S, a fast-casual Korean restaurant. He previously worked in finance in a variety of roles including management consultant, fund analyst, accountant, and pricing specialist.
Gabi is a marketer with 12 years of experience in B2B marketing, project management, and product development across tech and the food & wine industries. She runs a wine and food experiences Instagram account at @winefoodgal and lives in San Fransisco.
Caitlin (O'Malley) Maglathlin
Founder at Want the Recipe
Caitlin is the founder of Want the Recipe, an app designed for people who cook to organize, customize and share the recipes they love. Think of it like a Spotify for recipes! She just earned her MBA from MIT Sloan in June 2018. Prior to business school, she was a program director at TRIAD Trust, a health education non-profit and did Teach for America in Harlem, working as a kindergarten teacher at a charter school. She loves cooking, playing with her dog Drake, and spending time with her fam.
Most recently, Matt was the Director of Innovation for Plum Organics and served as a Founding Faculty Member of the Food Business School. He is an experienced for industry professional with expertise in the innovation pipeline, including front-end product ideation, development and commercialization.
Writer, Editor, Journalist and Blogger at The Boston Writer
Steve is a writer, editor, journalist and blogger at The Boston Writer. He reports on everything from food to urbanism to crime for print and digital publications like Civil Eats, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Edible Boston, and TakePart.
Nicolás is the Co-Founder of Perfect Fuel which was sold to Home Market Foods in 2016. He is an experienced entrepreneur with 12+ years work in everything from software to food manufacturing and distribution. He is interested in planning, sales, marketing, strategy and rolling up his sleeves to execute. Startups, reach out!
Melissa is the Founder of KUHL, a why based beverage startup. She is also an Immigration Attorney at Martinelli Immigration Law. Melissa comes from a family of food entrepreneurs and her brother has a local food distribution start-up in Mass called Marty’s Local. She has lots of ideas about how to make our local food network more sustainable and accessible and is eager to meet Branchfoodies!
Joe currently serves as the COO at Forager. Joe also is the Founder of Bushel, a service designed for those who need help to get the garden of their dreamsHe is a strategy consultant turned entrepreneur. Joe focuses on supply chain digitization and other technologies under development for the food business.
Co-Founder at Conscioux
Silvia is an energetic entrepreneur who channels her startup experience and passion for protecting the environment into her work. After working as a relationship manager for UBS in Zurich, Switzerland, Silvia moved to Cambridge and decided to dive head-first into the local tech-startup world. Before co-founding Conscioux, Silvia worked on the marketing strategy of other Boston area startups in the clean energy sector. During her free time, you can find Silvia practicing Power Yoga, and sailing in Charlestown.
Northeast Regional Sustainability Coordinator at PRO*ACT
Tori currently serves as the Northeast Regional Sustainability Coordinator at PRO*ACT, where she works directly with growers, distributors, and foodservice partners in the Northeast to increase sustainability, safety, and traceability in the US produce industry. Tori holds a M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from Tuft’s Friedman School of Nutrition, Science, and Policy.
CEO at Boston Public Market Association
Cheryl has been a leader in numerous business and nonprofit organizations, with a particular interest in those that bring others to Boston and the Commonwealth and in the vitality of the city. She is the CEO at Boston Public Market, an indoor, year round marketplace for locally sourced groceries and specialty agricultural products, where residents and visitors can find fresh, seasonal food from Massachusetts and New England.