WBENC’s Premier Startup Program for Female Founders Announces its 2019 Cohort and Pitch Competition

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is proud to announce the 23 female founders selected for the prestigious 2019 WBENC Student Entrepreneur Program (SEP) at WBENC's National Conference & Business Fair in Baltimore, Maryland from June 23-26.

SEP is a robust startup program for collegiate female founders supported by title sponsors FedEx and Allstate Insurance Co. With nearly 200 alumnae across the country, SEP is advancing the next generation of women entrepreneurs and each year hosts its on-site program during the WBENC National Conference and Business Fair.

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Future Founders Announce 2019 National Fellowship Cohort

The Fellowship, now in its fifth year, is a prestigious year-long cohort that accelerates the development of the top 18 to 30-year-old entrepreneurs in the nation. The goal of the program is to develop both the founders and their businesses, giving them the greatest foundation for future success. Fellows benefit from mentoring, entrepreneurship retreats, a peer community, and volunteer opportunities through Future Founders programs.

“The 2019 Fellows are some of the highest potential young founders in the nation,” said Scott Issen, President & CEO, Future Founders. “We are optimistic that this year’s cohort will achieve milestones similar to our first three cohorts that generated $9.1 million in revenue, secured $3.3 million in capital and created 234 jobs.”

NOSH Live 2019

We were selected to compete in the NOSH Live Pitch Slam competition on November 30, 2018 in Santa Monica as part of a two-day business conference for the natural food industry.

Six companies were selected to pitch their products to a panel of expert judges from brands, retail, investment, consulting & design, and to an international livestream audience to compete for the title of Pitch Slam champion, an interview on the livestream, and an awareness package valued at $10,000. Founder Jamie Kim presented a pitch and Q&A to the following judges:

    • Angie Bastian, the Co-founder of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP 
    • Alexander Duong, the Chief Merchant at The Goods Mart, with past experience from both Whole Foods and Thrive Market.
    • Bryan Freeman, the Chief Executive Officer of Real Good Foods and Managing Partner at Slingshot Consumer Partners.
    • Pete Speranza, the Business Development Principal at 301 Inc., leads the scouting efforts for the General Mills venture arm, aiming to find the next breakout food brands.

Supplier Spotlight: Making the grade–how bumble & butter graduated from college campus to Whole Foods Market

Jamie Kim has always been interested in the food industry, cutting her teeth at a three Michelin star restaurant during her high school days. But it wasn’t until studying hospitality management at Cornell University, that she put her passion for pushing the envelope on culinary creations to the test. Find out how this college senior went from coed to CEO by elevating simple granola to A+ status.

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"My favorite flavors of the granola include the rosemary and zante currants and the sweet potato holiday flavor. I add the rosemary granola to my yogurt or snack on it and the sweet potato granola has been added to salmon and salads. I have the truffle granola but I am waiting for Thanksgiving mashed potatoes."

bumble & butter: A New Take on a Classic Snack

"Each flavor is more than just a typical granola flavor, it’s a carefully constructed story and distinctively unique. The sharp cheddar with cracked black pepper... It was unlike any snack I had ever had, with more crunch than popcorn and fuller flavor of cheddar."

Captains of Crunch

Feature in Cornell Alumni Magazine, August 2018

eLab Demo Day 2018

 As part of the 2017-18 eLab accelerator cohort at Cornell University, Founder Jamie Kim presents a pitch on Demo Day.

Accidental Locavore with bumble & butter

 An interview with Jamie Kim on Pawling Public Radio, hosted by Anne Maxfield.

Crunching Down on a Simpler, Sweet, and Savory Granola with Kim (’19)

"Jamie Kim ‘19 has been baking since high school, but it tastes like she’s been doing it for several lives. At least, that’s what hordes of students, Manndibles cafe, successful chefs, and her friends and family might tell you. At first bite, you’re hit with the butter base and the bright, lightly sweetened honey. Keep chewing and your mind is pulled in different directions. The complexities and layers of flavor make you want to grab more, to experience the whole thing all over again."

eLab Featured Startup: bumble & butter

"bumble & butter’s commitment to locally sourced ingredients has been integral to its operation since its inception; the company initially used olive oil in their products but later switched to butter from a farm just 30 minutes away from Ithaca in an effort to give business to local farmers. In addition, production occurs completely in-house, and the founders are always looking to innovate and introduce new products to their line."

Hungry Entrepreneurs Reinventing Jerky, Potatoes, and Granola

"At Cornell, students are hungry for education, opportunities, and most importantly, food. From dining halls to independent cafes, Cornell’s campus is filled with food vendors. But for several students that’s not enough; they want to reinvent the way students eat.

Krakoski, Saran, and Kim are just several examples of food entrepreneurs going outside the classroom to launch their startups to provide a healthier food culture on Cornell’s campus and beyond. The moral of their stories: stay hungry for great ideas."

Big Red Startup Moments Captures Student Entrepreneurship Experience

 

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FedEx 2019 Small Business Grant Contest Top 100 Foinalist
FedEx 2019 Small Business Grant Contest Top 100 Foinalist
FedEx 2019 Small Business Grant Contest Top 100 Foinalist