Fort Collins Startup Week 2018

Fort Collins Startup Week 2018

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 no big deal to take on this responsibility.  Now with a week to go, Cultivate is overseeing three panel discussions, five food pop-ups, the food cluster annual meeting, Women Who Succeed happy hour in addition to my own presentation.  Whew…I am not sure when I will sleep, but it is going to be amazing!

Food Pop-Ups


10am – Food Pop-Up by Z Catering featuring partner members Cranked Up Coffee and Garden Sweet

4pm Food Pop-Up by Ginger & Baker featuring pie bites.  Stay for their new happy hour!


9am Food Pop-Up by The Emporium with bites to help start your day off great!

4pm Food Pop-Up with Z Catering What Rhymes with Tuesday?


10am Food Pop-Up with Z Catering Million Dollar Morning

3pm Food Pop-Up Tea + Cupcakes with Happy Lucky’s Teahouse and member June Poppies


5:30pm Women Who Succeed Happy Hour including Food Pop-Up featuring members FoCo Pickles, Spicy Jamz, June Popppies, The Pig & Plow, Summit Hard Cider, Horse & Dragon Brewing Co., Turtle Mountain Tea


11am Food Pop-Up at The Lyric

3:30pm Food Pop-Up with Z Catering – Take a Bite of the Future

Tuesday, 10am at The Lyric

Start or Grow a Profitable Food Business

You love food and want to share your passion with the world. The ins and outs of starting a food or beverage business can be overwhelming! Many ventures focus on the tangibles such as licenses, packaging and making a delicious item product. Few businesses take the time to be strategic about a business model, setting themselves apart from the competition and whether the startup will actually make a profit (there are cheaper hobbies).

Join Sari Kimbell, founder of Cultivate Consulting, to take you through the winning formula for a successful food business. Know what questions to to ask yourself before you waste any more of your precious resources of time and money. Ideal for those thinking about starting a food business, moving a cottage food into wholesale and wholesale business who are ready to scale up and grow.

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Tuesday, 5:30pm at Innosphere

NCFC Annual Meeting

We are excited to partner once again with Fort Collins Startup Week to offer our Annual Meeting as an open community event!  We will give you updates on the cluster activities in 2017 including the Winter Farmers Market, Kaiser Permanente food insecurity grant and  present findings from the USDA grant designed to support and improve direct to consumer markets in our region.  We will also present outcomes from our strategic planning session and how this will inform the work we do in 2018.

Join us for networking prior to and after the meeting with appetizers by Z Catering and beverages by Horse & Dragon Brewing, Lost Prairie Winery and Summer Hard Cider.

This event is open to the community and will also be listed as a Fort Collins Startup Week activity.  The event is free, but we do ask for you to rsvp as seats are limited.


Wednesday, 1pm at Artery

Culinary Arts 101

Our panelists have a passion for their work that takes them from just a culinary worker to a culinary artist.  We will begin with a larger panelists discussion and then breakout into smaller groups to dig deep into creating success in this industry.  Whether you are considering exploring the pastry arts, cottage foods, coffee, beer, teaching, fine dining or artisan retail, we have you covered.

Panelists include:

Trish O’Neill, The Cooking Studio

Andrew & Jenn Webb, Bindle Coffee

Menyus Borocz, La Piadina

Toby Gadd, Nuance Chocolate

Rhashida Perez, June Poppies

Matt Smith, Locality & Door 222

Colin Westcott, Equinox Brewing

Thursday, 3-5pm at Innosphere

Building It: Women Who Brew

Take a page from these amazing women standing out in a male-dominated industry.  This panel discussion will dive into how these women standing out in the brewing industry started their businesses, what lessons they have learned and how they have had to pivot to stand out.  This session is not just for people interested in a food or drink business, but for all entrepreneurs who are breaking into a new industry.  Building It is a part of an ongoing series presented by the Northern Colorado Food Cluster.

Panelists Include:

Loren Matthews, 5003 Distillery

Jennifer Seiwald, Summit Hard Cider & Perry Co.

Twila Soles, Grouse Malting

Lesley Brandt, The Bean Cycle

Natalie DiSanto, Turtle Mountain Tea

Carol Cochran, Horse & Dragon Brewing Co.

Thursday, 5:30pm at Scrumpy’s

Women Who Succeed

We’re moving the party to Scrumpy’s!  Join us for a celebration of women entrepreneurs and leaders in Northern Colorado!  Enjoy an evening of networking and nominate your favorite women leaders and women-owned businesses. This happy hour features a signature drink list by our amazing women brewers and food pop-ups by FoCo Pickles, Spicy Jamz, June Popppies, The Pig & Plow, Summit Hard Cider, Horse & Dragon Brewing Co., 5003 Distillery, Turtle Mountain Tea.

Attend Building It : Women Who Brew panel from 3-5pm to receive a free drink ticket.  Brought to you by the Northern Colorado Food Cluster and the Downtown Creative District.



Friday, 2pm at Carnegie Center for the Creative Arts

Future Trends in the Food Industry

Food is hot right now. Many startups are trying to crack the nut of food delivery, convenience or offering customers the latest in craft food and beverages. We will dive into conversations about cloud kitchens, niche food industries, cuisine trends and using tech to solve the industries biggest challenges.

Panelists Include

Ashley Colpaart, The Food Corridor

Michele Ostrander, RevoGrow

Justin Caswell, RevoGo

Rebecca Dunn, Revolution Market

Shane Anderson, Colorado Catsup

Hayden Christensen, Bayberry Farms

See the full Startup Week Schedule

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