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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Thursday, April 12 • 3:30pm - 4:40pm
Fueling the Next Wave: Food Incubators Now Open

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How do food companies access the networks and expertise to expand operations and achieve significant growth? A panel of industry experts and entrepreneurs discuss tricks, tactics, and systems for connecting producers to markets and innovators to scale.

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Meagan McGinnes

Senior Reporter, Project NOSH
Meagan McGinnes is a foodie who shares her love of snacks as a senior reporter at Project NOSH—a trade publication by BevNET that covers natural, organic, healthy, or sustainable packaged food companies and products.

Speakers
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Cullen Gilchrist

CEO, Union Kitchen DC
As CEO and Co-Founder of Union Kitchen, Gilchrist has partnered with food businesses of all sizes to grow and accelerate their success. He also oversees the operations and management of Union Kitchen’s accelerator program as well as Union Kitchen’s commercial kitchen, distrib... Read More →
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Andrew Ive

Managing Director, Food-X
Andrew is the Managing Director at Food-X, #1 global food accelerator. While leading Food-X, Andrew has invested in 30+ early stage food companies across multiple business models including software, hardware, consumer products and biotech. Helping them with their strategies, laun... Read More →
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Brian Marks

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Belle Isle Moonshine
Brian serves as Chief Executive Officer of Bonfire.com, a custom apparel platform he co-founded in 2011 and as the Chief Strategy Officer of Belle Isle Moonshine, an American craft moonshine distillery that he co-founded in 2013.




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