Networking Night September

PLUS: Meet Some​ ​of​ ​Colorado’s​ ​Coolest​ ​Food​ ​Investors!


Monday, Sept 11, 2017

5:30 - 7:30 PM @ P2Binvestor

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From the center of the natural products industry comes Naturally Boulder’s Networking Night!

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September 11, 5:30-7:30 PM

Where:

P2Binvestor
(1120 Lincoln St #100, Denver)

Parking nearby : Venue has a cash-only parking garage attached.  Enter on Lincoln Street after 11th ave. Rate for two hours is $5.00. Garage attendant leaves at 7 PM, so you can leave payment in the yellow box on the parking attendant booth.

What:

Naturally Boulder’s Networking Nights are THE place to meet, connect and collaborate with 150-200 of the most passionate, pioneering leaders and companies in the Colorado natural products community.

September’s Theme:

Networking Night + Meet Some​ ​of​ ​Colorado’s​ ​Coolest​ ​Food​ ​Investors!

When you’re ready to start talking to investors, one of the most challenging parts can be just that: actually talking to investors. This event is an extraordinary opportunity to connect with the Managing Partners, Founders, CEOs and VPs behind some of Colorado’s top investment firms in the natural products space. Come mingle, learn and enjoy some delicious complimentary bites and beverages from Alfalfa’s.

Note: the Bronco’s home opener is 8:20 this night, so plan for traffic.

Learn from the Experts

  • Krista Morgan – P2Binvestor, CEO & Cofounder
  • Carole Buyers – Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR), Managing Partner
  • Benjamin Levy – Echo Capital Group, Vice President
  • Vincent Love – Sunrise Strategic Partners, Co-Founder and COO
  • Tyler Morgan – Boulder Food Group (BFG), Associate
  • Susan Graf – New Resource Bank, Vice President of Regional Development

Cost:

Members: FREE  Non-members: $10

Presenter Biographies

Krista Morgan is cofounder and CEO of P2Binvestor ( p2bi.com ), a marketplace lender that provides crowdsourced, asset-secured working capital to growth companies in natural foods and other consumer packaged goods, personnel services, manufacturing, technology, and professional services. In the last 4 years, Morgan has grown P2Binvestor into a multimillion-dollar company, a thriving online marketplace, and one of the few tech-enabled commercial lenders that can underwrite and fund million-dollar lines of credit in a few days. In addition to running a financial technology startup, she is the cohost of the Women Who Startup Radio (a popular podcast), an ardent mentor to other women entrepreneurs, and a trusted leader who speaks regularly on business finance, fundraising, the importance of diversity in building great teams, and scaling a startup.

Carole Buyers is a Managing Partner at Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR) a venture fund that invests in early-stage natural and organic food & beverage companies. Carole has been involved with investments & the natural foods industry for over 20 years. As one of the first analysts to cover Whole Foods, she has had a front row seat as the story of this now powerful sector that has emerged. Carole has worked with RBC Capital on the sell-side and The Boston Company on the buy-side. In 2008, she left financial services, taking a leadership role in corporate finance and investor relations with Gaiam.  In 2010, Carole joined Boulder Brands, Inc., to lead Investor Relations & Business Development. At Boulder Brands, Carole was responsible for the Company’s investor relations program, managing relationships and communications with the investment community. In addition, Miss Buyers managed mergers and acquisitions for Boulder Brands and identified and led the processes to acquire Udi’s, Glutino and EVOL. These acquisitions marked the initiation of the transformation of Boulder Brands to the natural foods powerhouse it is today. Carole was also one of three Directors of the Boulder Brand Investment Group (BBIG), an incubator fund which provided minority capital and helped natural food & beverage companies accelerate sustainable growth in the natural foods channel. Carole also enjoys time with her husband and children, music, yoga, running, tennis and golf.

Benjamin Levy is Vice President of Echo Capital Group where he directs investments for the firm, and provides strategic guidance through board service. Ben has extensive experience in small business management, board facilitation, marketing, and strategic planning. Currently, Ben also serves as Private Equity Manager at Consolidated Investment Group (CIG), where he identifies, pursues, and closes corporate acquisitions in the food and beverage industry. He is responsible for due diligence and post-acquisition strategic plans for each company.

Vincent Love is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Sunrise Strategic Partners. Sunrise Strategic Partners, based in Boulder, Colorado, provides growth capital and expertise to emerging brands in the healthy, active and sustainable living space. At Sunrise Strategic Partners, Vincent 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. Vincent currently sits on the board of PACT | Organic, Teton Waters Ranch, Maple Hill Creamery, Kodiak Cakes, Pure Growth Organic and Kill Cliff.

Previously Tyler Morgan was employee number three at MicroBiome Therapeutics, a natural supplement startup in Boulder, CO focused on improving health status by interacting with the human microbiome. Tyler was born and raised in Boulder, CO and attended The Taft School in Watertown, CT. Tyler graduated magna
cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles and lives in Boulder, CO.

As VP, Regional Development Manager for New Resource Bank, Susan Graf is introducing a Bay Area B Corp, impact-focused bank to Colorado. A longtime Boulderite, she has held finance and operations management positions at Bhakti and other CPG companies. She also serves on the boards of Naturally Boulder and the Colorado Enterprise Fund.