BevNET FBU Chicago 2015

April 30, 2015
Chicago, IL
A One Day Educational Event for Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs
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Agenda for BevNET FBU Chicago 2015

Last updated: April 15, 2015. Lineup subject to change.

8:30AM – 9:00AM Registration & Breakfast
9:00AM – 9:05AM Welcoming Remarks
9:05AM – 9:30AM Coordinating Commercialization: Product Development and Co-Packers – Eric Skae, Principal, The Bricktown Group
9:30AM – 9:55AM Design Decisions: Proprietary vs. Stock – Liam Hawry, Director of Industrial Design, Studio One Eleven
9:55AM – 10:20AM Regulations, Trademarks, and Key Filings for Brands – Justin Prochnow, Partner, Greenberg Traurig LLP
10:20AM – 10:45AM Networking Break
10:45AM – 11:10AM Brokers, Distributors, and Your Route to Market – Bruce Nierenberg, Founder, BIN Consulting Group
11:10AM – 11:30AM Entrepreneur’s View: The Outsource Decision – Ari Sherman, Co-Founder, EVO
11:30AM – 12:00PM Financial Pillars: Build your company right from Day One – Brette Simon, Outside General Counsel, Transactional Advisor
12:00PM – 12:30PM Attracting Early Stage Investors – Andy Whitman, Managing Partner, 2X Consumer Products Growth Partners
12:30PM – 1:15PM Lunch & Networking
1:15PM – 2:00PM Pitch Panel: Three Investors, Three Entrepreneurs, With Feedback for All – Trevor Nelson, Managing Partner, ACG; Alex Schneider, Partner, Clover Capital; Kevin Park, Founder & Managing Partner, SimplePitch Ventures
2:00PM – 2:20PM The Elements of Valuation – Nick McCoy, Managing Director, Silverwood Partners
2:20PM – 2:45PM Brand Development: From Brick to Bottle – Dana Dimitri, Director of Marketing, Argo Tea
2:45PM – 3:20PM Networking Break/FBU Round Table Talks
3:20PM – 3:40PM Market Strategy for Entrepreneurs: Defining and Reaching Your Consumer – Vivian Rhoads, Founder, Verge Strategy, Inc.
3:40PM – 4:00PM Hacking Whole Foods: Surround and Influence – John Blackington, CEO, Managing Director, GBS Growth Partners
4:00PM – 4:20PM Sales: Mastering Chain Accounts – Rob Welcome, Principal, Welcome Beverage Partnerships
4:20PM – 4:40PM Understanding the Numbers – Mary Ellen Lynch, Director of Consumer Insights & Strategic Partnerships, SPINS
4:40PM – 5:10PM Traits of Successful Brands and Growing in the Chicago Market – Bill Weiland, Founder, Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence
5:10PM – 5:30PM Creating Energy: How Entrepreneurs Make their Case – Zachary DeAngelo, CEO, Kolat Superfoods
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