These are some national and online events I’ll be attending–but these are mostly local to Chicago.  All events are related to food and agriculture.  You know, the good stuff. Will I see you there?

Scaleup WNC Demo Day @ The Orange Peel 101 Biltmore Ave Asheville NC 28801
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

AdvantageWest is pleased to invite you to the first ever ScaleUp WNC Demo Day on Tuesday May 26 from 2-6pm at The Orange Peel in Asheville.

At Demo Day, you will hear from the entrepreneurs in the first ScaleUp WNC cohort presenting their companies and plans for growth. These 15 WNC companies range from education technology to clean energy to natural foods and hail from Bryson City to Boone. They will have just completed the 12-week intensive ScaleUp WNC program packed with mentorship, curriculum, and peer-to-peer collaboration to hone their plans for scaling up. In addition to the fast-pitch growth plan presentations, you will also have the opportunity to connect with these entrepreneurs for interactive product demos (or in some cases, delicious samples).

We hope you will join us for Demo Day at The Orange Peel to help celebrate and advance these 15 innovative companies here in WNC. Tickets are limited and we expect the event to sell out so reserve your spot today. Register by May 15 for the early-bird special rate of $10 (after May 15, tickets will be $15). Here’s the schedule…

2 pm: Doors open
2:30 – 5 pm: Fast-pitch presentations
5 – 6 pm: Interactive product demos & networking

The first ScaleUp WNC cohort companies include Brightfield Transportation Solutions, Carolina Native Nursery,, Dolci di Maria, Equinox, Farm to Home Milk, Outrider USA, Hi-Wire Brewing, Lusty Monk, Mother Earth Produce, New Appalachia, SimpleShot Shooting Sports, Strivven Media, The Filling Station Deli And Sub Shop, and Ultimate Ice Cream Co. Learn more about these companies here.

ScaleUp WNC is one of 8 pilot ScaleUp America programs nationally supported by SBA and focused on assisting high-potential existing small businesses scale up and create quality jobs. Learn more about the ScaleUp WNC program and how to apply here.

Lincoln Park Wine Festival
May 30 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
BITE Silicon Valley Conference @ 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way Santa Clara CA 95054
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
BITE Silicon Valley Conference @ 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way
Santa Clara CA 95054

Introduction to Food Entrepreneurship – Now We're Cookin' @ Now We're Cookin'
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Aspiring Food Entrepreneurs: get a running start for your 2014 business launch