Sarah Kwan, Vice President, Silicon Valley Bank (Moderator)
Adam Salomone, CEO and Early-Stage Investor, The Food Loft
Lisa Sebesta, Founder and Managing Partner, Fresh Source Capital
Alex Linkow, Director, Fair Food Fund
Securing investment for a food startup can be one of the most daunting tasks that a new founder faces. One of the early steps is to find investors who share your vision, who can be partners, trusted advisors and sounding boards to help the business grow. Easier said than done. In this hour-long roundtable discussion, we’ll delve deeply into specific areas of the food investment landscape. The roundtable is designed to give the audience an opportunity to get answers to specific challenges facing their new or prospective food / food tech startups, and attendees will leave with actionable insights about how to prepare for their first round of funding. The session will cover topics like identifying and building relationships with investors, understanding what investors look for in new companies, developing the pitch (and pitch deck), demystifying the due diligence process, preparing term sheets, and setting yourself (and your investors) up for long-term success.