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A Celebration of Food Entrepreneurs: A fun evening with a spotlight on Food Entrepreneurs, including food technology start-ups and funding sources, as well as a dessert competition featuring local food start-ups.
Date: December 5, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Alcoa Building (Lobby), 425 Sixth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
5:30 PM: Networking & Appetizers
6:15 PM: Introductions
6:30 PM: Food Technology Startups and Funding Sources
7:00 PM: Dessert Competition
7:30 PM: Awards
7:45 PM: Networking
Food & Beverage:
Heavy Appetizers by: Talia Cucina & Rosticceria Menu Preview
Spirits by our friends - Glades Pike Winery & Grist House Brewing (One drink ticket provided & $5 Cash Bar)
Day La Soul
Food by Lyndsey
A. Wards Cheesecakes
Byte Me Bakery
Pittsburgh Sweet Treats
1 Classy Cook
A percentage of the proceeds will be given as a Donation to: La Dorita Cooks commercial kitchen. Thank you Gaston & Josephine Oria for your dedication to Pittsburgh food entrepreneurs!
Thank you also to Heidi Gay & Jeff Rose from Local Pittsburgh Magazine for judging our competition!
Food Funding Programs:
Bridgeway Capital: Healthy Food Financing Initiative
Bridgeway Capital, is a non-profit small business lender, provides capital and business education to markets in western PA where entrepreneurs, small businesses, and community service organizations have difficulty accessing conventional capital. Bridgeway was founded in 1990 in response to the collapse of the steel industry. It was originally the Community Loan Fund of SW PA and was primarily a housing and social service lender. Their mission is to make western PA a thriving region for all by promoting economic opportunity and community revitalization.
Blair Schoenborn joined Bridgeway Capital in 2016 to head up the Healthy Food Financing Initiative. In her role, she is responsible for developing and executing funding strategies related to improving food access across Bridgeway's footprint. This includes managing the deployment of grant and loan funds and providing technical assistance to retail stores and other businesses that are working to address food access challenges. Prior to joining Bridgeway, Blair worked at BNY Mellon on the Corporate Social Responsibility team and was instrumental in developing and launching the global social finance initiative.
Idea Foundry: Pilot Revolving Loan Fund for Food Systems Innovation
Idea Foundry is a Pittsburgh-based economic development organization that has helped launch over 170 companies which have created close to a billion dollars in regional economic impact. Since founded in 2002, we have evaluated, selected, invested in, and worked with companies representing a broad variety of technologies, markets, and entrepreneurs. Over the past 14 years, over a dozen of the new business ventures Idea Foundry has supported have been technology driven companies that are working to increase local food production, consumption, and sustainability.
They support entrepreneurs developing innovative solutions to improve the resiliency of our food systems via our InterSector Accelerator program, through which we provide up to $10,000 in investment and three months of business development assistance. The Accelerator is designed to help entrepreneurs prove their concept, validate assumptions, and build a company that is commercially viable while imparting benefits to society and the environment.
Nicole Muise-Kielkuki joined Idea Foundry in August 2012, excited to contribute to the organization’s brand new Social Enterprise Sector activities. She stepped into a full time role leading those efforts, including InterSector, Idea Foundry’s Social Enterprise Accelerator, in early 2013, bringing to the team extensive management experience, a philosophy of hard work and pragmatism, and a unique perspective rooted in sustainability and community development.
When & Where
MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh
MIT Enterprise Forum is a global organization of dedicated professionals with local chapters, affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through MIT Technology Review. We help early-stage technology entrepreneurs succeed faster through relevant programming and practical content to help them tackle real-world challenges. We are open to and engage all participants of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.