Food Entrepreneur® Experience

Fans of new food and the people who make it.

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Let’s Discover Innovation Together

Participants will interact with entrepreneurs and thought leaders driving disruption throughout the industry. The event includes two separate hour-long sessions – each free to attend. The first hour features thought-provoking presentations by industry experts discussing the topics pertinent to startups as well as all stakeholders across the supply chain. The second hour will feature six entrepreneurs presenting their product concepts and answering questions submitted by attendees. Attendees to the second session can also opt to pay for an upgraded experience and receive a tasting box to sample before, during, or after the entrepreneurs’ presentations.

The first Food Entrepreneur® Experience will be on April 28, 2021, with a second event on September 15, 2021.

Presenting Sponsor

Event Speakers

James F. Richardson, PhD

James F. Richardson, PhD, is a professionally trained cultural anthropologist turned business strategist and the founder of Premium Growth Solutions, a strategic planning consultancy for early-stage consumer-packaged goods brands.

Wayne Wu

Wayne Wu is a General Partner at VMG and cohost of VMG’s Unfinished Biz podcast. He currently serves on the board of Hello Bello, Velocity Snack Brands, Lily’s, among other brands within the portfolio. Previous board roles have included Justin’s, Babyganics, and Perfect Snacks.

Jonathan Deutsch, PhD

Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Food and Hospitality Management in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University and director of the Drexel Food Lab, a culinary innovation and food product research and development lab focused on solving real-world food system problems in the areas of sustainability, health promotion, and inclusive dining.

Speaker Session Sponsors

Meet the Brands

Meet the founders behind six innovative brands featured during the Food Entrepreneur® Experience. Attendees may taste the products highlighted during the presentation by purchasing a sample box. Limited quantities are available.
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Erica Liu Williams

Reduced-sugar granola infused with superfoods and adaptogens


Daniel Smith
Recipe 33

Mess-free, infused flavored almonds


Matt Feldman

Chef-crafted mushroom-based jerky


Emily and Cole Williams
Slice of Sauce

Mess-free, single-serve condiments (seen on “Shark Tank”)


Nick Hamburger

High-protein, low-carb crisps featuring egg whites (seen on “Shark Tank”)


Kaitlin Mogentale
Pulp Pantry

Crunchy grain-free chips  made with organic upcycled vegetables

Sample Box Presenting Sponsor


11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Ramping Your Brand: The Optimal Path to Scale for Founders, Investors and Fans
James Richardson, PhD, founder, Premium Growth Solution
Adventures in Venture Capital: Investment Trends in Food and Beverage
Wayne Wu, general partner, VMG Partners

Trends in Food Product Development: Doing Good While Feeding Well Across Sustainability, Health Promotion, and Access
Jonathan Deutsch, PhD, director, Drexel Food Lab
1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
Attendees will hear from and interact with the founders of six emerging brands bringing innovative products to the market. A limited number of sampling boxes are available for purchase.


Explore what’s new and what’s next in the packaged food and beverage marketplace with the Food Entrepreneur® Experience

Target a highly engaged audience with a sponsorship of the Food Entrepreneur® Experience.
We have various opportunities to align your brand with passionate personalities sharing their compelling content and expert insight during the two interactive Food Entrepreneur® Experience sessions. To find out how you can leverage the reach of the Food Entrepreneur® Experience, contact a Sosland Publishing sales representative.

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