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2018 Starts Strong! – Food Starter Newsletter

February 2, 2018

2018 Starts Strong

Food Starter’s Round Table

Clockwise from top left: Jane Henderson, Darlene Trimm of RBC, Prantha Ramesh of Maple Leaf Angels, Sean Crewe, Sean Moorfield, Divyan Panchal, and Tanner MacDonald from MNP and Shayn Diamond of Whitecap Venture Partners. For more photos from the event, check out our LinkedInFacebookInstagram and Twitteraccounts.

Entrepreneurial Skills Series – Session 1: Financing Growth

January 19, 2018 marked Food Starter’s first Entrepreneurial Skills Series Round Table session. This event brought 32 Food Starter alumni and business experts to Longo’s Leaside for a half-day of face-to-face discussion, problem-solving, and networking. Of course, there was food. Breakfast and lunch kept us fueled.  
Focusing on the theme of Financing Growth, experts from RBCMNPWhitecap Venture Partners, and Maple Leaf Angels spoke to rotating groups of Food Starter clients.

We’d like to thank

  • Jane Henderson and Darlene Trimm of RBC for their tips on what banks need and look for from entrepreneurs
  • Prantha Ramesh of Maple Leaf Angels for covering the topic of early-stage angel investors
  • Sean Crewe, Sean Moorfield, Divyan Panchal, and Tanner MacDonald from MNP for sharing their expertise on such wide-ranging topics as outsourcing, picking production partners, getting the most of your accounting resources, and best accounting practices.
  • Shayn Diamond of Whitecap Venture Partners for discussing early-stage venture capital fund investing.
“Loved networking with my fellow Food Starter business leaders and exchanging experiences about sales channels and partnership in Toronto’s food scene. So great to have access to this community of engaged and resourceful entrepreneurs at Food Starter. Looking forward to many more of these kind of events” Annabel, Tea Rebellion

What’s Next?

Our plan is to continue the Entrepreneurial Skills Series. Merchandising, Retail, Digital Marketing, Storytelling, and Inventory are just a few of the topics we’re working on. Got an idea for a round table topics you’d like us to cover? Send your ideas to [email protected]


Restaurants Canada Show: Meet Food Starter & Our Clients

Food Starter is joining Restaurants Canada and more than 16,000 hospitality professionals for one of the country’s largest food service and hospitality events. With the focus on product innovation, this show is the perfect fit for anyone wanting to get motivated or grow their business. Food Starter vendors include:
The show runs: February 25 to 27, 2018 / Enercare Centre, Toronto
For tickets or more information visit RC Show 2018

Lucky Number Seven

Food Starter’s 6th cohort of Market Feasibility Boot Camp!

Food Starter’s seventh (7th!) cohort of Market Feasibility Boot Camp launches this April. This 12-week course, aimed specifically at pre-revenue and early-stage food innovators, will help you make that crucial go/no-go decision. Space is limited. Click here for program details. Click here to apply.


The Ancient Bakers

Tonya Johnson epitomizes tenacity. As Food Starter’s first international client, she crossed the border, travelling from Boston weekly, to learn how to scale her business. Read why she’s the Next Big Thing, what sets The Ancient Bakersapart, and why she chose Toronto to be the home of her new donut line.
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