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Sustainable Food Economy

By Alexandra Glorioso
Ari Derfel Addresses Slow Money NYC
Photo Courtesy of Slow Money

Sat., May 14, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Entrepreneur showcase and resource exchange, with a cocktail party from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Inspire. Connect. Invest. Slow Money NYC will feature a varied afternoon program to spark conversations and connections amongst sustainable food and farming entrepreneurs, investors, intermediaries, food activists and interested parties.  Slow Money NYC believes we can build a resilient, sustainable economy by increasing our investments in small-scale, sustainable food and farming enterprises in the NY region.

Inspire. The Entrepreneur Showcase aims to inspire participants by presenting a juried selection of 10 sustainable food and farming businesses serving the NYC foodshed. For the aspiring entrepreneur, Slow Money will host a workshop charting steps needed to make your dream enterprise into a real business.

Connect. Throughout the afternoon, the Resource Exchange will connect entrepreneurs to companies providing information, products and support to sustainable food and farming businesses.  A variety of exhibitors — banks, lawyers, consultants, non-profits, government agencies and other organizations — will highlight services, demonstrate products and distribute information in the Resource Exchange.  In the evening, seal your “Slow Deal” at a networking cocktail reception at Building on Bond, a few doors down.

Invest. Slow Money hopes to spark a range of investment conversations, helping develop unique funding channels and new financial relationships for sustainable food and farming businesses.  Slow Money seeks to attract a wide range of potential funders and investors, galvanizing support for the growth of a restorative, resilient and regional economy.

Who Should Attend?


Entrepreneurs. Are you considering starting a sustainable food or farming business serving the NY foodshed? Or, have you already begun?  Aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs will find a host of reasons to attend Slow Money NYC’s upcoming event. In the Resource Exchange, entrepreneurs may browse amongst exhibitors of products, services and information. The Entrepreneur Showcase will vividly demonstrate various approaches to presenting a business to investors. Networking time and a cocktail reception give entrepreneurs ample opportunities to make valuable connections with peers, potential investors and supportive businesses.

If you are interested in presenting your business plans to potential investors, please submit an online application here: before the extended deadline of April 15, 2011.  Businesses will be selected for the Showcase by a Advisory Board of experts, such as Chris Harmon, Executive Director, Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship; Miriam Haas, Director, Community Markets; Patrick Martins, founder Heritage Foods USA; and Mark Reed, Founder, Contact Fund and Anna Lappé, best-selling author & founder of Small Planet Institute & Fund.  Businesses selected for the Showcase may be chosen to present at Slow Money National Gathering, October 12-14, 2011, San Francisco, CA.


Investors. Have you been looking for a forum to discuss how to invest in your local food system? The Entrepreneur Showcase will provide access to businesses at different stages of development from start-up to expansion, seeking different levels of financing, from micro-loan to major capital.  We hope to attract investors of all resource levels: institutional, individual, accredited, and unaccredited. After facilitating connections and developing local networks, Slow Money plans to create vehicles to ease and enhance the flow of capital from investors to sustainable food and farming businesses.


Exhibitors. Do you provide a product, service or information that could support growth of the local, sustainable food and farming economy? If so, please consider tabling at the Resource Exchange where you can highlight services, demonstrate products, and distribute information to entrepreneurs, investors, and interested parties.

The Resource Exchange will be an excellent venue to market your products, attract new customers and make lasting network connections.  Examples of exhibitors we seek are as follows: financial institutions, attorneys, consultants, insurers, government agencies, real estate services, and any entity that supports sustainable food and farming business.  Exhibitors include: Center for Agriculture Development and Entrepreneurship;; Glynwood; Community Markets, Contact Fund, The Moderns; Mission Markets, Equity Trust and others.Tables are $50 for-profits & $25 for non-profits.
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Sponsors. The Entrepreneur Showcase + Resource Exchange provides a unique, early-stage opportunity to support Slow Money NYC and help build momentum for its mission: To develop investment channels for local and sustainable food enterprises.  Please consider giving to Slow Money NYC at one of the three levels: Grower ($300), Sower ($200) or Mower ($100).  Sponsorship will help Slow Money NYC offset event production costs and provide modest resources for future undertakings.
Sponsorship details:; & Purchase Info:


Volunteers. We need your help! Send an invitation to friends, businesses, and organizations. Join our Meetup site. Link us to your social network (e.g. Facebook, etc.) or blogs. Tweet! Join us at the event to assist with administration and production.  Pleasecontact us for more information about how to help!


Eaters. You invest in what you ingest! Every food dollar supports some agricultural business. So, come learn more about local food and farming businesses that deserve your patronage . . . and investment.


Showcase Flyer:

$10 General Admission


Purchase tickets online:


Slow Money Entrepreneur Showcase

The Commons

388 Atlantic Avenue (between Pacific and State Street, Boerum Hill)


Cocktail Party

Building on Bond, 112 Bond St (between Pacific and State Street, Boerum Hill)

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