Disrupt Food Summit

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NYIT Auditorium on Broadway

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Disrupt Food Summit uniquely creates opportunities for food industry leaders, media, investors, entrepreneurs and consumers to network and engage in thought-provoking dialogue on the future of food.

The half day event creates an opportunity to showcase the most innovative products disrupting the food industry, and facilitate collaborations to bring more innovative products to the marketplace. An exceptional line of speakers & panelist, check bio below.

This event is bought to you by FoodNiche in partnership with Kroger Health. This event is also supported by SAP-Next and Landec Corporation


2pm : Registration | Networking | Light lunch |

3pm : Welcome

3:10 pm : Fire-side chat with Colleen Lindolhz - President Kroger Health

3:25 pm : Q & A with Colleen Lindolhz

3: 35 pm : Leading innovation from farm to fork: (Speakers : Marc Oshima, Molly Hemmeter, Henry Kasindorf, Amy Zitelman)

3: 55 pm :Investing in Food & Drinks - Current trends, future directions (Joshua Siegel, Julie Lerner, Hannah McCain )

4: 30 pm: Technological innovation shaping the future of food - (Ann Rosenberg, Liesel Kipp, Bowie Cheung, Victor Penev, Alon Chen)

5: 10 pm: Acknowlegments and closing remarks

5:15 pm : Refreshments and networking

6 pm : Event ends


Joshua Siegel- General Partner, Rubicon Venture Capital LLC

Joshua leads Rubicon’s New York office and oversees the day to day activities and operations of Rubicon.

His activities includes evaluating early stage technology companies seeking funding, assisting current portfolio companies with development and interaction with our angels, attracting LP capital, and development of our network.

Joshua has extensive experience and connections in technology, real estate, luxury lifestyle brands, digital media, and consumer products. Previously, Mr. Siegel acted as a General Partner at Georgetown Angels, a global angel investment group he cofounded with Andrew Romans. He was also an early stage strategic advisor for startups and real estate concerns, and board member of The Founders Club, a venture capital equity exchange fund and broker of secondaries providing liquidity to entrepreneurs and early investors. Formerly CEO of Professional Connection Resources, an enterprise level marketing system for the legal community, Manager Eastern European Banking Systems at Citibank, Director of Market Intelligence at Citicorp Debt Capital Markets.

Mr. Siegel received his BA degree from Boston University in Economics and Business Administration and received his MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Finance and Entrepreneurship in 2000 with classmate Andrew Romans. He also holds a Degree in Gastronomy from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Joshua was born and raised in New York City, attended Horace Mann, and continues to live in the City with his wife, son and daughter.

Marc Oshima Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of AeroFarms

Marc is the Co-founder at Aerofarms a leading clean-technology company
that builds and operates responsible, state-of-the-art indoor vertical farms around the world,
enabling local production and transforming agriculture. A Certified B Corporation, AeroFarms
has been recognized by Fast Company two years in a row as one of the World’s Most
Innovative Companies in the Food & Data Science categories, and by Inc. as one of the Top
25 Disruptive Companies.

An award-winning marketer with an extensive background in retail, branding, and media, Marc
is also passionate about increasing access to healthy food and has led the marketing for major
food retailers. Marc has been recognized by Eating Well magazine as one of the 2018
American Food Heroes. With his B.A. from Columbia College and M.B.A. from Columbia
Business School, Marc is also Board Co-Chair of Chefs Collaborative, a 25 year old non-profit
improving our sustainable food systems, and a member of the United Fresh Produce
Marketing & Merchandising Council and FDA Romaine Advisory Task Force.

Alon Chen - Co-founder & CEO - Tastewise

A senior Google executive for close to a decade, Alon Chen has a wealth of experience in leveraging AI and big data across technology, business and marketing.

During his time at Google, Alon initiated and launched the Google Partners channel program in 27 countries, on-boarding 60,000 partners worldwide.

Alon also served as Google’s Chief Marketing Officer for Israel and Greece and led the company’s relationship with the World Economic Forum. As Chief Business Officer for Voyager Labs, an AI and cognitive deep learning company funded by Oracle, Alon developed and led their AI marketing-tech eCommerce solution.

Victor Penev- CEO, Edamam

Victor Penev is a serial entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Edamam. He is also a
mentor and investor in food technology startups and advises early stage entrepreneurs.
Previous to Edamam,

Victor co-founded and sold Bulgaria’s largest Internet Company,
NetInfo BG. Victor Penev also ran the international digital business of Playboy
Enterprises, and was instrumental in starting the digital marketing efforts of BMG and in
creating key e-commerce capability for Bertelsmann’s book clubs.
Victor holds a MBA from Stanford.

Hannah McCain - Vice President, Accel Foods

Hannah McCain is a Vice President with AccelFoods, where she supports the investment activities of the fund, sourcing and diligence of new investment opportunities, and works tactically with the portfolio companies to build out their financial plans.

Hannah began her career as an Associate in the Wealth Management Rotational Program at Bank of Montreal (BMO). While there, Hannah identified and analyzed investment opportunities, developed financial models, and supported clients on the portfolio management side. Additionally she worked in equity research, investment management, and online investing strategy. Hannah holds an Honors Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Ontario

Molly Hemmeter - President & CEO, Landec Corporation

Molly Hemmeter serves as President and CEO of Landec Corporation, a diversified health and wellness company with two operating businesses: Lifecore Biomedical, a contract development and manufacturing company (CDMO), and Curation Foods, a branded natural foods company focused on innovating plant-based foods with 100% clean ingredients. Molly earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University.

She began her career as a process engineer in the pharmaceutical industry and, after receiving her MBA, made a dramatic career change to consumer brand marketing before beginning two software start-ups. Each of these experiences provided the opportunity to create disruptive business models and new products to gain competitive advantage. Since joining Landec in 2009, she has transformed the organization through business model re-design to drive long-term growth. Molly has a personal passion for plant-based foods, increasing access of 100% clean, fresh foods to as many people as possible and sustainable business practices that respect people, preserve our planet and expand opportunities for women.

Bowie Cheung - Director of Operations, US & Canada , UberEats

Bowie Cheung is the Director of Operations for Uber Eats in US & Canada, where Uber partners with over 70,000 restaurants. He is focused on leveraging Uber's extensive logistics network to make eating well effortless for everyone, while helping restaurateurs and delivery partners grow their businesses.

Prior to joining Uber, Bowie was a management consultant at Bain & Company, covering clients in technology and financial services. He earned his MBA at Northwestern University, and engineering degree at the University of Toronto. His first job was cooking burgers at a local restaurant in Toronto, Ontario.

Leslie Kipps - Senior Vice President, Product & Design, Food Network

Liesel Kipp is SVP, Product & Design for Discovery Digital Studios, a newly expanded hub for digital and social video content creation, where she uses her nearly 20 years of digital product experience to lead product teams across a variety of categories and platforms including web, mobile, social and emerging platforms for a number of lifestyle brands including Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Genius Kitchen and DIY Network.

Prior to her current role, Kipp served as VP, Product & Design of Scripps Networks, where she led the evolution of the company’s digital portfolio, including the launch of connected TV apps across Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, an overhaul of digital publishing platforms, the extension of Food Network brand in emerging innovation platforms (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant & Facebook Messenger) and the continued evolution of Food Network’s In The Kitchen app, placing it among the top recipe apps in Apple’s App Store.

Kipp joined Scripps Networks in 2013 from KPMG, where she was in charge of its digital content strategy. Before KPMG, Kipp launched and served as General Manager of Marketwatch.com and SmartMoney.com for the Wall Street Journal Digital Network. She also led the creation of WSJ Select, an early player in the content and commerce space that featured gift guides and merchandise curated for the Wall Street Journal consumer.

Previously, Kipp led product management globally at Thomson Reuters as Vice President, where she managed the product, design and design technology teams for Reuters Consumer Media.

Kipp holds a bachelor’s degree from State University of New York College at Oswego. In 2017 she was selected as an honoree for Cynopsis Media’s Top Women in Digital Awards. In her spare time she can be found gardening or cooking for fun with her family.

Julie Lerner - Investor, 37 Angels

Julie Lerner is an Angel Investor with 37 Angels, specializing in the food and beverage sector. 37 Angels is a group of 80 female Angel Investors that invests in about 10-12 high potential male and female-led early stage startups each year, filtered from 2000. As Founder of the blog, The Failure Report, Julie interviews successful entrepreneurs and investors about what NOT to do to be successful. The goal of the blog is to provide actionable tips on how to avoid missteps for Founders.

Julie is a graduate of Northwestern University, The French Culinary Institute, and Kedge Business School in France. She had a successful career in sales/business development for radio stations in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York and later for the New York State Restaurant Association and wine companies.

She co-authored the book Lerner’s Consumer Guide to Health Care, for which she was featured in The New York Times business section as well as a five-part series on NBC’s Today Show with Katie Couric. She founded WineTwoThree, a wine newsletter targeting millennial women, and EatDrinkJobs, an employment platform for the hospitality industry. She has also been featured in Business Insider and was a finalist in Women 2.0.

For all enquiries contact: Julie Ford - enquiries@disruptfoodsummit.com

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