Financial outlook: what do investors think today?
On the table will be advice for brands looking to raise short-term capital, as well as how current events affect CPG investing.
About Ashley Hartman:
Ashley co-leads Bluestein Ventures, driving corporate strategy, portfolio company support, and deal pipeline. Ashley has made over 30 investments in the space and is an observer on three boards, including Base Culture, Grovara and Rethink. Ashley has deep experience in strategy for growth and building the scalable infrastructure necessary to build sustainable businesses.
About Genevieve Gilbreath:
Geneviève is co-founder and general partner of Springdale Ventures, an early-stage consumer brand venture capital fund. She has been an active investor for seven years and has over twenty years of experience as an entrepreneur in the consumer products (CPG) and health and wellness industry. From 2003 to 2016, she built and managed natural products import/export companies, from 2016 to 2018 she led SKU, the first CPG accelerator, and in 2019 launched Springdale Ventures, with her co-founder Dan Graham. Geneviève is also a founding board member of Naturally Austin and the national Naturally Network. When she’s not working with portfolio companies or bringing big new brands to the Springdale family, she loves spending time outdoors with her son K-Max, dogs Joon and Oliver at their Santa home. Fe, New Mexico.
About Tapan Shah:
Tapan has been part of the natural food ecosystem for almost 20 years. He began his career at Glacéau and later held marketing and management positions at Campbell Soup Co. and Energy Kitchen. In 2013, Tapan joined AF Ventures (AccelFoods), where he was active in researching and managing investments, as well as guiding the marketing strategy of the fund and its portfolio companies. In 2018, he joined the Pepsico Ventures group, before joining Mondelez Snackfutures to lead the venture capital activity. Tapan holds a BA from Villanova University and an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and daughters.
About Franklin Isaacson:
Franklin is a founding partner of Coefficient Capital. Franklin has over a decade of consumer products and retail investment experience and has been in the industry for twenty years. Franklin led deal sourcing in the United States and select European countries for Verlinvest, the Brussels-based investment firm backed by founding shareholders of Anheuser-Busch InBev. He set up the New York office and led growth investments in the consumer and branded retail sectors, deploying equity checks from $5 million to $150 million. Prior to joining Verlinvest, Franklin worked in the consumer products investment banking group at UBS, in mergers and acquisitions and strategy at Diageo and in brand marketing at LVMH. He began his career at the Boston Consulting Group where he served clients in consumer products and retail. Franklin holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a BA from the University of Dublin, Trinity College and a degree from Sciences Po. in Paris. Franklin is Dutch, grew up in Europe where he learned to speak four languages, and has lived and worked in New York since 2005.