If you’re a natural food enthusiast or entrepreneur from the Midwest, chances are you’ve heard about the Naturally Chicago Pitch Slam. Happening only once a year–during The Good Food Financing & Innovation (F&IC)–the program in essence, provides promising and innovative businesses in the area to showcase themselves to industry leaders.
Think Shark Tank but specific to natural foods businesses in the Midwestern region.
This year, Naturally Chicago Pitch Slam will happen on February 17. And the organizers are calling on everyone who has a great business concept to attend.
“We are looking for you to apply if you are an innovative emerging brand that is a Naturally Chicago member or a Good Food Accelerator member, located in the surrounding Lake Michigan foodshed (this means if you’re from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, or Michigan), shares Naturally Chicago Co-Founder Jim Slama. “We’re already gathering leaders, mentors, and investors in the Good Food and Natural Products industry. We’re making it easier for you to connect and network with them. Don’t let this rare opportunity pass you.”
The businesses selected to pitch at F&IC 2021’s Naturally Chicago Pitch Slam will vie for business-building prizes from leading companies and service providers, with a total value of more than $100,000. The package includes a complimentary booth and opportunity to pitch at the 2021 Natural Products Expo East in Philadelphia, donated by New Hope Network.
Current contestants include: Carebar, a lovingly designed and formulated functional snacks brand that support your mind and body; Fillo’s, a brand that sells authentic beans and grains seasoned with sofrito and packaged in shelf-stable, microwavable pouches; Hoppy Planet Foods, which sells snacks made with Acheta Protein (this means, more protein and less carbs and added sugar); Lil Snacks, a sprouted buckwheat brand; Lorenzo’s Frozen Pudding; organic sparkling refreshment brand, Petal; Top Note tonic water and beverage mixers, and; makers of clean and craveable food that’s free from the top 14 food allergens + corn, Every Body Eat.
To learn more about The 2021 Naturally Chicago Pitch Slam, you can click here.