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Food Entrepreneur® Experience

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
2:00-3:15 pm ET

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

The Food Entrepreneur Experience is a free, digital event featuring engaging conversations with disruptors and visionaries. Participants will gain insights on today’s consumer venture capital landscape and meet the founders of five food and beverage brands who have starred on the reality television series “Shark Tank” to learn about pitching to investors in a high-pressure environment and preparing for the fame and flood of orders that follow.

The Food Entrepreneur Experience will be held live on Oct. 25, 2023, from 2:00-3:15 pm ET.

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Event Speakers

Gain insights on today’s consumer venture capital landscape and meet the founders behind five “Shark Tank” famous food and beverage brands.

Elle Lanning

As managing director for Camino Partners, Elle Lanning leads the direct investment practice and partners with portfolio companies to identify the transformational areas of work at every stage of growth.

Hannah Hong and Mollie Cha

Longtime best friends Hannah Hong and Mollie Cha are co-founders of Must Love, a brand offering plant-based frozen desserts and frosted animal cookies sweetened with dates.

Kun Yang

A former pharmacist, Kun Yang is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Pricklee, a line of ready-to-drink beverages highlighting the health and hydration benefits of the cactus fruit.

Michelle Jimenez-Meggiato

Michelle Jimenez-Meggiato is the co-founder and chief executive officer of The Pizza Cupcake, a gourmet handheld pizza snack crafted with premium Italian ingredients, co-created with her husband, chef Andrea Meggiato, for a convenient, restaurant-quality experience in the frozen aisle.

Michael Pan

Michael Pan is the founder of Pan’s, a brand of mushroom jerky inspired by family recipes he tasted during a trip to Malaysia more than a decade ago.

Margaret Nyamumbo

Margaret Nyamumbo is a third-generation coffee farmer and the founder and chief executive officer of Kahawa 1893, a nationally distributed coffee business empowering women coffee farmers in Africa.

Meet the Brands

The functional food movement is gaining momentum. Meet the founders behind four functional food brands featured during the Food Entrepreneur Experience. Attendees may taste the products highlighted during the presentation by purchasing a sample packet. Limited quantities are available.

Parker Olson


Granola formulated with functional mushrooms

Parker Olson is the founder of Forij, a brand of granola formulated with functional mushrooms and nutrients to support brain and bone health.

Priya Mulvihill

You Again

Pantry staples rooted in ancient Indian nutrition

Priya Mulvihill is the founder of You Again, a superfood brand bridging the gap between ancient nutrition and modern pantry foods.

Ilene Chen

Founder and CEO
Power Up Foods

Cookies caffeinated with green tea extract

Ilene Chen is the founder and chief executive officer of Power Up Foods, a snack brand on a mission to reimagine energy and how we consume it. The brand's brownies and cookies are vegan, gluten-free and made with green tea extract for sustained energy without jitters.

Mathew Thalakotur

Founder and CEO
Mighty Gum

Chewing gum boosted by beneficial botanicals

Mathew Thalakotur is the founder and chief executive officer of Mighty Gum, a brand of chewing gum boosted by beneficial botanicals and vitamins to support immune health.

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