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Fort Collins Startup Week is almost here (Feb 23 - March 2) and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to let you know about all the great food track sessions in addition to the general business sessions!  I am grateful for the opportunity to have Cultivate represented, with The Northern Colorado Food Cluster, as the Food Track Content Captains this year.  We felt that it was important to direct the content of the sessions to bring the most value to food business entrepreneurs, starting out or wanting to grow.It has been a bit overwhelming.  In October it seemed like...

Event planning is one of my first loves and I am really good at it.  I fell into it quite naturally when an opportunity to plan a community Earth Day event while at McWhinney opened up over 13 years ago.  Looking back, I had really been "event planning" most of my life; arranging all the behind the scenes details so that the guest experience was at its best whether it be parties, holidays or date night.  Since that first event (which was snowed out btw) I planned farm dinners and festivals for Grant Farms, a Farm to Fork 'parking lot' dinner and tons...

Last week I sat down with three of the four Colorado Food Works founders, Francisca, Meghan and Hannah of in a live interview to learn more about the upcoming launch of their pasta with a purpose business. Their passion and enthusiasm for helping others while also making a profit is refreshing and I look forward to watching their story unfold. The four members, including Charlie, are students in the Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBA program at Colorado State University.  The desire to make a difference in others' lives as entrepreneurs led them to Kenya to research the barriers women face...

We were thrilled to be invited to present at Loveland Startup Week a few weeks ago.  After receiving some requests for the presentation, we recorded it for all to view.  This is a great high-level "how-to" presentation that takes the viewer through the four stages of a food startup - Concept, Development, Launch and Growth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asXxqA70wcY Our goal at Cultivate is to help more food and drink entrepreneurs through the initial phases of a startup, which is often where they get stuck and give up, so that they can successfully launch their business to the market.  Once launched, we help a food...

I had the pleasure of interviewing James Schrack, co-founder and CEO of Stuff'n Mallows founded in Fort Collins, CO this week.  Here are some excerpts from our conversation about the past four years as a food business entrepreneur. In 2012, three CSU students, Tyler Krenzelok, Paul Jenkins and James Schrack had a class project to complete for their Intro to Entrepreneurship class. Initially the three came up with an idea that they soon realized it was already on the market and someone else was doing it better than they could.  So, they went back to the drawing board and Tyler mentioned that...