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Food Business Bootcamp: Launching and Scaling a Food & Beverage Business

March 11 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Are you an ambitious food and beverage entrepreneur?

This Food Business Bootcamp is an opportunity for emerging food and beverage producers to learn how to start and scale their business. Hear from industry experts and successful entrepreneurs who will share the tools, strategies and trade insights you need to take your food and beverage business to the next level.

Join us on 11th March and you will:

Learn how to build a food and beverage business that grows fast
Discover routes to market and how to increase your sales
Learn how to build a strong community of loyal customers
Be inspired by industry case studies of local entrepreneurs and hear their insights
Learn how to raise funds and impress investors
Make key business connections and network with likeminded food and beverage entrepreneurs


09:30 – 09:50 : Registration and Morning Tea & Coffee
Arrive promptly to network with likeminded food and drink entrepreneurs,  get to know our mentor network and meet some of our guest presenters.

09:50 – 10:05 : Welcome & Introduction – Food Future Insights
Mark Paddenburg, CEO – Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast and founder – Grow Coastal 

10:05 – 11:00 : Taking Your Food Business From Concept to Reality
Tara Mei, founder – Kitchen Table Projects and Program Manager – Grow Coastal
What does it take to be successful? Learn how to get your business off the ground and work through a step by step guide to turning your ideas into a reality. Understand how to use market trends to your advantage, refine your unique selling proposition, identify your target market and solidify your food product ideas.

11:00 – 11:30 : Food & Beverage Trends and Future Directions
Amanda Goddard, Ag-FoodTech Director, KPMG

Hear about the essential food and beverage industry trends and future directions. What are the key issues that you need to know about before you develop and scale your business? Get an inside look at what’s up-
and-coming and the startups at the forefront of food innovation.

11:30 – 12:15 : Be Inspired by Three Local & Global Food Business Success Stories
Jacqui Wilson-Smith, Global Innovation – McCormick & Company Inc. (and FAN chairperson), Ross Hopper, cofounder – Maleny Dairies and Sandra Gosling, cofounder – CoYo
Be inspired by three successful food and beverage entrepreneurs. Hear their stories about how they got started and their top three tips for getting to where they are today. Learn from their experiences and find out what it’s really like to innovate, add value and run a successful food business.

12:15 – 13:00 : Trade Insights – Getting on the Retail & Online Shelf – Q&A
Michelle Evans, Global Digital Media & Business Development Mgr – 4 Ingredients, Roz White – IGA Supermarkets, chaired by Tara Mei, founder – Kitchen Table Projects
Hear about the importance of R&D, the commercialisation process, building your profile with startup marketing tactics and how to get your product on the retail shelf. Learn from this incredible panel about how to get your product out there, how to pitch to trade buyers and build a viable food business. Take part when the Q&A session opens to the audience when you can ask the panel how to get your business off the ground.

13:00 – 14:00: The Natural Advantage Lunch From Quality Local Producers
Sponsored by the Food Agribusiness Network & IC Members
Enjoy complimentary food and drinks from a specially curated selection of local producers and continue networking with the food and beverage community.

14:00 – 14:30 : How to Raise $20,000 In 30 Days
Alan Crabbe, Founder – Pozible
Crowdfunding is becoming one of the most popular ways to get a startup off the ground. Get to grips with raising seed funds through rewards-based crowdfunding, find out how to build a strong following and run a successful crowdfunding campaign from Pozible, who have helped over 13,000 Australian businesses harness their community and raise the funds they needed to grow.

14:30 – 15:00 : Marketing Your Food Business on a Shoestring Budget
Michelle Evans, Global Digital Media & Business Development Mgr – 4 Ingredients and Robyn Simpson, founder – MarketSmartly
The average supermarket holds thousands of products. How do you make sure yours stands out? Make sure your brand gets the attention it deserves without breaking the bank. Learn how to develop a strong identity, make use of social media platforms, build relationships with key influencers and engage directly with your market in a meaningful way.

15:00 – 15:30 : Building Your Successful Food Startup: Nothing Happens Without Great Teams Getting Stuff Done
Bruce Williams & Michael White, founders – AusIdentities
Get essential tips on executing your ideas with the right people.  Bruce and Michael are passionate about helping you build the right foundation to ensure success as your team grows rapidly and you navigate the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey. You’ll get some great tools for better decision making, communication and engagement, managing priorities, new opportunities and conflicts.

15:30 – 15:45 : Grow Coastal Annoucement
Mark Paddenburg, CEO – Innovation Centre
The moment is finally here! Find out if you have been selected to take part in Grow Coastal, the Sunshine Coast’s first food accelerator, a pioneering 12 week program that gives food and drink businesses access to funding, mentoring and business opportunities. Hear a lightning fast 10 second pitch from each of the winning food and beverage brands and find out how you can follow their progress over the next 12 weeks. If you’d like to take part, apply here before 27th Feb.

15:45 – 16:30 : Drinks @ the IC Bar
Sponsored by the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast
Share a drink with your newfound network of mentors, innovators and entrepreneurs as the day comes to a close. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!


Why should I be there?

If you are an ambitious food and beverage entrepreneur, this is a unique opportunity for you to engage with an extensive network of mentors and food leaders, learn from their experiences and work towards building a strategy that gets results. The Food Business Bootcamp is industry-specific, so you will be surrounded by people with in-depth knowledge of the food and beverage industry and how you can capture the market.


Have you applied to Grow Coastal?

Grow Coastal is the Sunshine Coast’s first food accelerator, giving 12 of the most cutting edge food and beverage brands a chance to access seed funding, learn how to accelerate their business and pitch their product to investors, media and retail buyers over 12 weeks. Applications are open to all food and beverage businesses from the Sunshine Coast region and close on 27th February. You can find out more and apply by clicking here.


Tickets are just $88 (inc. GST)
Purchase yours below. Places are limited!


March 11
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
$44 - $88
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Innovation Centre Auditorium
90 Sippy Downs Drive
Sippy Downs, QLD 4556 Australia
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07 5450 2600

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