Foodpreneurs pitch, chat, cook at first Early Risers: Food Edition

October 2, 2018

About 50 people braved the rain last week to get to SPARK Fairborn for the first-ever Early Risers: Food Edition, bringing you the Dayton region’s next great food brands before they hit shelves!

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Lea Richards pitched new clean dessert startup, Spoon Joy. She passed out samples and sought final feedback as Spoon Joy gears up for a soft launch later this month.

Vanessa Moon pitched Combinasian, her new Filipino food biz. She’s currently offering personal chef services, street vending and popup dinner service. She dreams of growing Combinasian into a food truck, and she sought mentorship. Vanessa made sweet and savory versions of her fried lumpia, as well as tacos, rice and noodles. There wasn’t a scrap left for her to take home at the end of the night!

Amber Tipton pitched a retail expansion for her gluten-free bakery, The Neighborhood Nest. She brought samples of keto chocolate cake, gluten-free cinnamon rolls and pumpkin spice and chocolate chip cookies.

Mark Harman pitched his chocolate biz, Mesocacao, seeking connections to chocolatier customers and advice on negotiating with investors. After a career in database analytics, Mark is pending his retirement learning the fine chocolate biz, which he sees as a way to make a difference in the lives of small farmers.

This special evening edition of Early Risers was brought to you in partnership between Dayton Tech Guide, SPARK Fairborn, SPARK Fairborn’s Kitchen Incubator Collective & Dayton Most Metro.

Lefty’s Eats & Espresso was also a sponsor, providing sandwiches for the event.

Early Risers: Food Edition will be held quarterly — stay tuned for more info about the next special food session in January 2019!

Early Risers is a pitch series that connects entrepreneurs to the things they need most, like first customers, key employees, mentors, funding, and more. Each startup gets 10 minutes to pitch, then the audience gets 5 minutes for Q&A.

In the last two years, 90% of startups have gotten their ask granted through a connection made at Dayton Tech Guide’s morning editions of Early Risers. So grab a sample and find a place you can plug into the Dayton region’s food startup community!

Our next regular edition of Early Risers will be Friday morning, Sept. 28, 7:30-9am. Stay tuned over the next week for the reveal of your September entrepreneurs.

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