After two successful Food Startup Bootcamps in New York City and Washington, D.C., Local Food Lab is heading to San Francisco on January 10, 2015 to host our one-day, hands-on business course designed for sustainable food and farm entrepreneurs.
We have four stellar San Francisco-based food entrepreneurs who will be joining the January 10th bootcamp to share their startup stories and help coach students on how to build sustainable food businesses.
Gautam Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO of NatureBox
Gautam created NatureBox in January 2012 with one mission in mind—to help people eat healthier and live better. NatureBox has received $28.5 Million in three rounds of funding and has shipped millions of boxes to customers across the US and Canada. Prior to launching NatureBox, Gautam was principal at General Catalyst Partners, where he focused on early-stage consumer investing and was actively involved with the firm's investments in companies such as GoodData, Plum District, Bigcommerce, Shareaholic, The Honest Company and Friendbuy.
Noah Karesh, Founder and CEO of Feastly
Noah founded Feastly, Inc., a food tech startup that connects diners with chefs offering unique food experiences outside of restaurants, in 2011 at Washington, D.C.'s Start Up Weekend. Feastly recently raised $1.25 million in seed funding in November of 2014 and has given chefs the opportunity to host thousands of meals for customers in San Francisco, Washington DC, New York, and Chicago. Noah also owns Blind Dog Cafe, a popular pop-up cafe in Washington, D.C..
Lauren Bass completed her MBA at Kellogg in 2010, but entered business school knowing she wanted to start a food business. She came up with the idea for LolaBee’s at Kellogg and wrote the business plan during the two year program. She officially launched LolaBee's Harvest in 2011, an online farmers market that sourced local produce, pasture-raised meats, dairy, and eggs from local farmers and artisans and delivered to customers. LolaBee's Harvest was acquired by Good Eggs, the industry leader, in November 2013. Lauren now works as Director of Product Marketing at SnapDocs in San Francisco.
Joyce Guan, Co-Founder and VP Sales of Buyer's Best Friend
Joyce Guan was working as a food broker when she realized how difficult it was for food startups to find a way to market their product in traditional grocery stores. She and her cofounder decided to launch Buyer’s Best Friend in 2010, which is now the world’s largest online catalog of wholesale specialty and natural products. BFF has over 10,000 wholesale buyers nationwide, and helps everyone from Whole Foods, Virgin America and Google source the hottest and newest specialty products. BFF currently has three retail shops in San Francisco and is the leading snack provider to technology startups in the bay area.
If you haven't already, check out our AMA we hosted with Joyce where she explored a wide range of questions from the importance of branding, the GMO debate, how to get your food product onto the shelf by partnering with Buyer's Best Friend as well as her personal tips for entrepreneurs.