NOSH Live Pitch Slam: Your Brand Center Stage
The challenge? Create a lasting impression in 4 minutes. Present your brand on the NOSH Live stage and get noticed within the healthy food industry.
Emerging natural food brands competing for the crown. Respected industry veterans (investors, brand owners, retailers, and consultants) judging the finalists. Engaged conference attendees and livestream viewers.
An industry awareness advertising package valued at $10,000. Actionable advice from expert judges. Priceless exposure.
Accelerate Growth with Industry Awareness and Connections
NOSH Live Pitch Slam puts your brand in the spotlight. Craft your perfect pitch and present on the main stage to the audience, our panel of expert judges from brands, retail, investment, consulting and design and to our international livestream audience. Brands that pitch gain a certain celebrity status among attendees during the show, making conversations with experts, investors and partners happen naturally.
After your brand pitches, our judges will provide instant feedback on market opportunity, packaging, viability and the pitch. The winner will receive the title of Pitch Slam Champion, an interview on the livestream and an awareness package valued at $10,000.
Prioritize Attending, This is a Commitment
While there are no costs associated with applying, Pitch Slam participants must be registered attendees for the conference. Only 5 brands are pitching, but more than 100 brands will be attending. Our editorial and marketing teams will be meeting with as many brands as possible at the event as well. We want to share your stories with our audience, the Pitch Slam is just one of the many ways to get there!
Pitching creates opportunities to have conversations with experts who can help answer your questions and partners who can help grow the business, but you can also find these opportunities through savvy networking at NOSH Live. The main stage and bootcamp content are focused on actionable insights in topics like growth, capitalizing your company, production and marketing.
If you pitch, your time is not always your own. We start by asking you to make a short, smart-phone quality video to show us who you are. There are presentation guidelines and deadlines. You will need to prepare ahead of your pitch and then receive instant feedback -- both positive and critical -- from the judges and the audience.
That said, no matter how well your pitch is received, most of the judges are available for feedback after and many are happy to maintain a relationship with participants. Pitching might mean you miss some valuable on-stage insights or a great conversation. There are trade-offs that will make the experience different than attending without pitching. It is worth the time and effort, but there is a lot of time and effort necessary to craft the winning pitch.
Previous Contestants Who Made the Commitment to Pitch
The Expert Judges
VP, Category Management & Growth Solutions, KeHE Distributors
Katie is currently Vice President, Category Management & Growth Solutions at KeHE Distributors, where she develops supplier and retailer category management solutions based on analytics, consumer insights, and category trends. Katie has been serving at KeHE for ten years and has held positions in Analytics, Pricing, Integration, Category Management, and Smart Growth Solutions. Katie received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Food & Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing from Western Michigan University. In 2015, Katie was named one of Griffin Report’s Food Marketing “40 Under 40” in 2015. She received her EMBA degree in Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University in June 2017 and is currently applying that knowledge back into the industry.
Sr Global Grocery Coordinator, Whole Foods Market
David Lafferty was born and raised on a family farm in Ontario, Canada; a 25 year veteran of the grocery business he is known as a passionate advocate for the entrepreneurs of the natural foods industry. In his current role as an Executive Leader at Whole Foods Market, he is responsible for the merchandising, and P&L of the Candy and Snacks Team. He joined Whole Foods Market in 2006 as a Regional Buyer in the newly formed Pacific Northwest Region and was later promoted to Grocery Coordinator in the Southwest, leading the merchandising and operations for the region. In 2012 he was tapped to join the Global Team as the Sr Global Grocery Coordinator where he has been responsible for the operations, marketing, promotions, and finance relationships, as well as the ongoing mentorship of team members, and advising numerous brands. He started his career with the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) Canada in 1987 and served in roles including operations, store leadership, and category management in both Canada and the US. David holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Guelph. He and his family reside in Austin Tx, where they enjoy the laid back lifestyle and culture of their adopted Texas home.
Founder & CEO, CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods
Gail Becker is the Founder and CEO of CAULIPOWER and Vegolutionary Foods. Already well known in professional circles, Gail’s career reached the highest levels of media, politics and business - including executive roles at Warner Bros., The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Edelman. But as a mom of two boys with celiac disease, Gail was not happy with the gluten-free options available to her family. Who wants pizza that’s full of sugar and chemicals, or doesn’t taste anything like pizza, or takes 90 minutes to make? Seeing that the food industry offered no nutritious solutions for busy, foodie families to enjoy together, Gail took matters into her own hands and launched CAULIPOWER in early 2017. CAULIPOWER disrupted one of grocery’s most stagnant categories and is now the #1 gluten-free pizza and #1 fastest growing pizza brand in the U.S., with availability in over 22,000 stores. Earlier this year, CAULIPOWER was honored with Walmart’s “Supplier of the Year, Innovation” award. In 2018, Gail launched a new mother brand, Vegolutionary Foods, as a platform for innovative, approachable and convenient meal-hacking products, including the world’s first superfood toast, Sweet PotaTOASTS. Gail is a passionate advocate for new entrepreneurs, women in business and making vegetable nutrition accessible and delicious to all - especially kids.
Business Development Principal, 301 Inc.
Pete Speranza is native New Yorker and a food veteran of 22 years, who is also one of the founders of 301INC, the venture arm for General Mills. Beyond his role of leading business development for 301INC and helping to bring this capability outside the US, he’s also an industry thought leader and advocate for change in the world’s food system. Pete’s passion for building a stronger worldwide food innovation ecosystem had him found the food division for the largest state-wide innovation competition in the country called the MN cup ,and spearheading a vision of creating a national recognized food innovation hub for the state of Minnesota. A fun fact about Pete is his first career was as a professional ice hockey player which took him around the world.
The Pitch Slam 7 Application is CLOSED. Apply for the Next Competition.
If you are interested in applying, please send us a short note below. A member of the BevNET team will respond promptly with answers to your questions and/or access to the application.
This form is from an event that has already taken place and is no longer accepting submissions.