Reimagining the Food Business in Flyover Country

A one-day virtual forum on Tuesday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET.

Join selected entrepreneurs, CPG and foodservice executives, venture capitalists, and players in the government, scientific, educational and NGO communities to rally and network around the goal of reclaiming leadership of the food and agricultural industries that are vital economic, social and cultural engines for the heartland.

Watch this space for updates and more information coming soon!


Participate with speakers and panelists, including:

Brett Bohl, Managing Partner, Bread and Butter Ventures

Matt Crisp, CEO, Benson Hill

Larry Gigerich, Executive Managing Director, Ginovus

Seth Goldman, Co-Founder, Eat the Change

Ken Harris, Managing Director, Cadent 

Alan Reed, Executive Director, Chicagoland Food & Beverage Network 

Brigette Wolf, Global Head, SnackFutures, Mondelez International

Tentative roster

Here is the session lineup: 

Restoring primacy

Food is a growth business. How can Flyover Country regain our rightful share? Or have we lost our historical edge to the coasts?

feeding our ecosystem

How startups, VCs, Big Food and university network can work together to restore greatness. Chicago, Austin and Boulder are leading the way. 

Ag Tech levels the field

An explosion of innovation on the farm is transforming agriculture across Flyover County and boosting our global predominance.

CpGs rewrite their playbooks

Big food and beverage companies based here still dominate the industry, but they've been altering their strategies to remain vital.

Boon—or Bane

Cultured 'meat' is all the rage with investors and many consumers but creates a dilemma for Flyover Country. How can we address it?

All About
'The Narrative'

Storytelling to consumers is transforming the food and beverage business. Yet here's where companies and brands in Flyover Country can excel.

Gaining from Diversity

Women and BIPOC entrepreneurs are making a home for innovation in Flyover Country, leading trailblazing startups across the region.

Storage comes out of the cold

There's no hotter post-Covid economic-development play than food storage, including chilled. This is a great opportunity for Flyover Country. 

Tentative lineup

Check this space for more updates coming soon as we prepare for
our online forum: Reimagining the Food Business in Flyover Country