As you may know, Natural Products Expo West is coming up soon. Expo West is the largest natural, organic, and specialty foods conference in the world and this year, hosted in Anaheim, March 3rd. through March 7th.
This year, in addition to sending winners of our Accelerator application contest to Southern California, the ICA team will be represented by Dianna Tremblay, our Director of Acceleration. Dianna will be joining a panel tilted “Aligning Values: Raising Money & Building Partnerships” along with our friends and partners in the field from Nutrition Capital Network, CMYK Ventures, and Chef GW Chew from ICA network company, Something Better Foods.
The focus of Dianna’s panel is centered around aligning values with investment, finding the right kinds of capital, and thinking strategically about partnerships as small businesses scale their brands. The full day of the conference will be dedicated to supporting and educating early-stage brands at the show.
If you’re going to Expo West, you can find the schedule for the entire conference here. Dianna’s panel is happening on the first day of the conference, Tuesday March 3rd at 11:15AM. And here’s a list of all of the speakers and presenters featured at this year’s Expo.
Dianna will also be judging Pitch Slam competition hosted by the New Hope network at the conference. The Pitch Slam highlights 10 brands who “represent business as a force for good from a selection process of over 100 companies that takes place before the show.” Dianna will be one of the judges who will decide which company takes home the grand prize of over $40K in services from New Hope including a free booth for Expo West 2021.
Last but not least, Dianna will be working with the JEDI Collaborative – the business leadership organization, focused on “embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into our entire food and agricultural ecosystem” – at the Expo.
If you’re headed to the Expo, you now have three chances to see Dianna. Hope to see you in Anaheim!