Education Series: What Investors Look For

Thursday, May 24, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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To continue providing education for real world situations (“where the rubber hits the road…”) we present our ongoing Education Series. Learn from experts how to succeed with your business.

Topic: What Investors Look For

When: May 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: Impact Hub Boulder (1877 Broadway, Boulder)


Join the conversation between a leading private equity firm and an active venture capital firm both making investments in the natural products industry. There has never been a time with greater access to investment capital in the natural products world – driven, in part, by the urgency for large CPG companies to return to top-line growth.

Whether friends and family, angel investment, venture capital, private equity, or corporate venture capital, there is healthy competition among investors to fund select, high-growth companies. In this Education Event, we will explore what exactly investors are looking for, and the similarities and differences in criteria by funding source.

Learn from the Experts
Duane Primozich, Boulder Investment Group Reprise – BIGR Ventures, Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Vincent Love, Sunrise Strategic Partners , Co-Founder & EVP/Managing Director – Investments
Lauren Ivison, Ridgeline Ventures, Managing Partner
John Grubb: (Moderator) Founder of Summit Venture Management


Members: $25, Non-members $35 (Includes catered snacks)


Duane Primozich, Boulder Investment Group Reprise – BIGR Ventures, Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Duane began his career in natural foods over 18 years ago. In that time he has served in management positions for several prominent natural foods companies, including Frontier Natural Products Co-op and WhiteWave. In 2004 Duane co-founded Pixie Mate, a specialty tea business, and from 2007 to 2015 he held several senior management positions for Boulder Brands, ultimately serving as the Executive Vice President of the Balance segment for Boulder Brands, responsible for 3 of the 6 businesses in the portfolio. Concurrent to this, Duane was the Managing Director of the Boulder Brands Investment Group from 2013 to 2015. Duane’s general business management and entrepreneurial experience make him perfectly suited to assist portfolio companies in their business operations, strategic planning and marketing and sales initiatives. Duane currently sits or has sat on the Board of Directors of Suja Juice, EPIC, Temple Turmeric, Primizie, Live Soda, Bonafide Provisions, Rebbl, Bobo’s Oat Bars, High Brew Coffee and Thorne Nature Experience, a Boulder-based environmental education non-profit.

Vincent Love, Sunrise Strategic Partners , Co-Founder & EVP/Managing Director – Investments
Vince is responsible for originating, due diligence, structuring and monitoring of Sunrise Strategic Partners’ investments. Prior to co-founding Sunrise Strategic Partners, Vincent spent 10 years in investment banking at Citigroup, focused on the consumer and retail sectors. Representative advisory transactions include Boulder Brands acquisitions of Udi’s Healthy Foods and Glutino Food Group, Colgate-Palmolive Company’s acquisition of the Sanex brand, the sale of Peet’s Coffee & Tea and the initial public offering and split-off of Mead Johnson Nutrition. Prior to Citigroup, Vincent spent three years working in Scotia Capital’s Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Vincent received a Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business. Vincent currently serves on the boards of Kill Cliff, Kodiak Cakes, Maple Hill Creamery, PACT Organic and Pure Growth Organic.

Lauren Ivison joined Ridgeline Ventures in 2016 with broad transactional and advisory experience across finance, law, and management consulting. Prior to joining Ridgeline, Lauren spent five years in boutique investment banking where she advised emerging growth companies across a variety of industries on capital raises and strategic transactions ranging from $3 to $30 million. Before becoming an investment banker, Lauren was an attorney at the Denver-based law firm of Holme, Roberts & Owen (now Bryan Cave, LLP). In 2009, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year award by the Boulder County Bar Association. Lauren began her career working with Fortune 500 companies as a management consultant at MarketBridge in Bethesda, MD.

John Grubb, Naturally Boulder board member and founder of Summit Venture Management, an advisory and investment firm in Boulder, will moderate the conversation.

Impact Hub Boulder (1877 Broadway, Boulder)

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