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!
Nick Di Stefano
Behavioral Design Specialist at Ruminate
Nick is a behavioral designer for Ruminate and has a background in UX strategy consulting, graphic design, and design thinking facilitation. Ruminate supports food systems with a conscience by breaking down tough problems and finding effective solutions through research, in-person engagements, social innovation, and digital interactions.
Ian spent the last 12 years operating in every aspect of the food business industry. From leading product development teams for the world's largest CPG companies, to working closely with fledgling food business startups, he has experience in each stage of business growth. Ian has a sincere passion for innovating, improving, and expanding the world of consumer packaged goods and foodservice operations.
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.
Jesse is looking to network with likeminded individuals and learn more about what is happening in the food space. He has a goal of starting his own business in this space. He has always had a keen interest in food and is constantly coming up with related business ideas. Previously, he served as a Product Manager at Prolific Interactive. Jesse received a BS in Business Administration and Management from the University of Southern California.
Nick is the founder of OpenCity.co, an online chat platform that enables customers to text message brick-and-mortar businesses. The initial focus is hospitality - so you can text a restaurant instead of calling. He is also the founder and CEO of BEELINE Inc., the premier concierge service that gives you access to a network of top restaurants and nightlife venues at a moments notice. Nick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bentley University with a BS in Corporate Finance and Accounting and European History.
Moment is the founder and CEO at i- BARS, a company that provides exquisite bars made through rigorous selection of the most unique and healthiest ingredients from around the globe. Moemen is an entrepreneur with a Master's of International Marketing degree with proven experience in sales, marketing and Business Development. He is well-travelled with additional geographic expertise in Egypt, Malaysia, USA and UAE. He is passionate about spreading health awareness.
Agathe is a Food Scientist passionate about food product development. With her background in both nutrition and food science, she wishes to get involved in Boston's food scene by helping innovative food companies with their R&D activities. She is currently working as a Research Assistant at the School of Nutrition at Tufts University.
Megan is the current Director of Human Resources and Development at Clover Food Lab. Previously, she worked in the Food and Beverage department at Compass Group. Megan holds a Culinary Arts degree as well as a BS in Business Administration and Management, both from Johnson and Wales University.
Nate is the current Director of Finance at Clover Food Lab. Nate's experience in the food industry is vast with previous work at Just Salad and Cosi. Nate holds a BA in Anthropology and MMH in Hospitality Management from Cornell University.
Maureen is a Human Resource professional at Clover Food Lab. With more than eight years of experience in HR, she is an exceptional leader with a positive demeanor and proven ability to excel within a team environment. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Managment from Plymouth State University. She is the assistant coach for Wentworth Women's Rugby team.
Matt is the Accounting Manager at Clover Food Lab. He holds a bachelor degree in Finance and Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Matt has spent his career working in finance and accounting for many of Boston's leading firms including State Street Bank, John Hancock Funds, PTC and more.
James is an executive, entrepreneur, and professor with a strong record of success leading organizations through startup, turnaround, and mature situations. He has extensive experience in the food industry, particularly related to seafood, and currently he is director and board member of Chilean Salmon Marketing Council.
Lisa is the founder and Sitari Capital. She is an innovative, market-oriented investor focused on sustainability, community development and environmental health. Lisa is dedicated to creating investment solutions in the sustainable food and agriculture space and an active consultant and advisor to funds and individual investors looking to make a positive impact on the local food system.
Erick is a serial entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality and food industries. He is the Founder of Foodboro and an Entrepreneur in Residence at Attic Ventures. Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Administrative Science with a Concentration in Hotel Finance from Colby College.
Insa is the founder of Market 2day LLC which was created to grow the local food economy by bringing customers to farmers markets and the markets to customers. Previously, Insa's career has focused on driving revenue growth in technology based companies.
Greg is principle of GB Foods whose motto is "Food Starts Here." He consults with startups who need help advancing their companies in areas of co-packing, procurement, and sales development. He is the founder and past owner of Original Rangoon Company, which played a pivotal role in the development of the frozen appetizer category in Club Stores and National Supermarket Chains. He is currently in development of a "Plant based Mediterranean Inspired" line of power bowls..
Stephanie is a Culinary Student at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and a Kitchen Assistant at The Kitchen at Boston Public Market. Stephanie holds a Bachelors in Economics from Bentley University.
David is the Co-Founder at The Contribune, a new type of media company. They share first person stories about pursuing passion and overcoming adversity from note worthy individuals who are actively and positively affecting the world.
Steven is the Manager of Research and Development at B.Good, B.Good serves farm to table food that is sourced sustainably and cooked seasonally, and works to connect communities through food.
Sean is the Co-Founder of Harbinger, a creative marketing agency geared specifically towards creating flexible content for evolving food businesses, start ups, and mission driven companies. Sean’s creative background is based in photography, food styling, graphic design, and advertising.
Kevin is a Partner and Managing Director at RodeoCPG. Rodeo offers our partner brands a streamlined S&OP solution that can take the place of a full-time internal team for emerging brands and act in support of that team for more established brands.
Adham Sahloul is a master’s candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, focusing on geopolitics and the Middle East. He was previously a research analyst based in Washington, D.C. and Turkey. Adham is co-founding Little Aleppo with his fiancée, Diana.