Slow Money Vermont to host 3nd Annual Slow Money New England Regional Gathering in September at Shelburne Farms

Local food entrepreneurs from across New England will share their stories. Chris Bailey, CEO of Vermont Smoke & Cure, will talk about how they raised capital while maintaining brand integrity, and Jolinda LaClair, Deputy Secretary—Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets will highlight ingredients of Vermont food system and Farm to Plate Network success. In-depth sessions will focus on Investing for the World We Want; Raising the Right Capital at the Right Time (for entrepreneurs); and Optimizing Collaboration among Food Systems Leaders & Catalysts.

Shelburne, VT – Local food entrepreneurs, Main St. investors, and food systems leaders and supporters from across New England will convene at Shelburne Farms on September 9-10, 2016. Keynote Chris Bailey, CEO of Vermont Smoke & Cure, will talk about how they raised capital while maintaining brand integrity. Jolinda LaClair, Deputy Secretary—Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets will highlight success factors of the Vermont food system and Farm to Plate Network. The event will be the third Slow Money New England Regional Gathering, and the first hosted in Vermont. Shelburne Farms was the site of the 2010 Slow Money National Gathering.

 

A New England entrepreneur showcase will provide an opportunity for enterprises to share their stories and network with investors and service providers to help shape the future of the regional food system. Deep-dive sessions will focus on Investing for the World We Want, Raising the Right Capital at the Right Time (for entrepreneurs), and Collaboration & Impact Strategies for System Leaders. In addition to entrepreneur presentations, remarks from leaders in the field, and in-depth learning and development sessions, the event will include ample time for networking.


The Gathering has an early-bird registration fee of $170 through 8/17/16 and a pre-registration rate of $200. A limited number of walk-in registrations will be available for $250. The program will launch with keynotes at 11:00 a.m. on September 9 and close on September 10 at 3:00 p.m. A farm-to-table dinner, as well as two breakfasts and lunches featuring local products will be served; a cash bar will be available during receptions and dinner.


Slow Money Vermont is an emerging network that aims to inform, inspire and connect investors, philanthropists, individuals, and businesses interested in building a sustainable local and regional food system and to catalyze new investment opportunities in the people, businesses and communities that contribute to a sustainable food economy. Slow Money Vermont chair Eric DeLuca says, “Entrepreneur showcases are at the heart of Slow Money’s mission to catalyze the flow of capital to local food systems and bring money back down to earth. Combining that exciting tradition with in-depth networking and learning specifically designed for investors, entrepreneurs, and system leaders makes this Regional Gathering uniquely worth the trip.” Slow Money Vermont is organized through a task force within the Vermont Farm to Plate Network—Vermont’s statewide collaboration to strengthen the food system. Event partners include Slow Money Maine, Slow Money Boston, Slow Money Pioneer Valley, and the national Slow Money Institute, as well as the Donella Meadows Institute.


Vermont is a hotbed of local food enterprises and Slow Money Vermont complements the financing options available statewide to food entrepreneurs. Across New England and the U.S., Slow Money catalyzes the ability of individual investors to engage directly in their communities. Through events, network development, and outreach Slow Money Vermont seeks to increase the flow of knowledge and capital in support of VT food system enterprises and their value chain allies.


Registration is required for the event. To attend, Register at: http://bit.ly/2alQtRW


Limited registration is available onsite the day of the event, but online advanced registration is recommended.

  

More information is at: https://slowmoney.org/new-england-regional-gathering
If you have additional questions, email slowmoneyvt@gmail.com.

 

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Slow Money Vermont is a network that aims to inform, inspire and connect individuals, businesses, philanthropists, and investors interested in building a sustainable local and regional food system and to catalyze new investment opportunities in the people, businesses and communities that contribute to a sustainable food economy. Slow Money Vermont is organized through a task force connected to Vermont Farm to Plate—the statewide initiative to strengthen the food system. Slow Money Vermont aligns with the state’s Farm to Plate goals to increase investments and financial partnerships in food system enterprises. Individuals, businesses, philanthropists, and investors interested in getting involved in Slow Money Vermont can learn more at: www.facebook.com/slowmoneyvermont 

The Vermont Food Investors Network (VFIN) is a project of Slow Money Vermont. VFIN creates opportunities for individuals, businesses, and investors to network, invest money in local communities, and help build a more resilient and sustainable economy in the Vermont foodshed. VFIN hosts in-person networking events, and—through collaboration with Milk Money powered by VSECU—facilitates connections between entrepreneurs and investors online. milkmoneyvt.com/vermont-food-investors-network