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March 2019

Scaling Up with a Co-Manufacturer: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$20

You've created a successful product, established several retail partnerships, and are ready to take your production to the next level. What will it take for you to scale up in partnership with a co-manufacturer? Hear directly from the entrepreneurs behind Kuju Coffee as they share their experience working with Hatchery Network Members creative werks. Topics covered will include establishing a relationship with a co-packing partner, equipment selection, supply chain consideration, product testing & trial runs, and launch! About the presenters: As Eagle Scouts…

Let’s Get Personal: How AI is Transforming Food

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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Free

Artificial Intelligence is changing the way our food is prepared, processed and packaged. "Nine out of ten food processing and packaging companies are using robots now and predict use will grow" according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute. Join General Assembly and The Hatchery for a panel discussion with some of Chicago's top food innovators exploring how AI is impacting the food industry as we know it - from optimizing agricultural processes to gathering vital customer intelligence to enhance the…

Powered by Plant Protein: Leveraging the Movement for Your Brand

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$20

Drawing on 20+ years of consumer packaged goods industry experience, protein knowledge, innovation and deep consumer insights, this talk addresses how to leverage the impact plant protein is having in today's market. Plant protein is disrupting the food industry by delivering novel products, and by replacing several historical animal-based products. The consumer search for clean and simple ingredients, improved human health and animal welfare, and reduced impact on the planet, is driving growth in consumer brands and food-service today. This…

April 2019

Hatchery Networking – The Business of Culinary Cannabis

April 3 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$15

Join us for a second edition of The Business of Culinary Cannabis! The rapidly changing cannabis industry continues to intersect with food and beverage innovation. This event session will focus in on entrepreneurs and culinarians utilizing cannabis in their food products. We'll also dive into data-driven consumer insights to consider where the industry is headed next. Come and hear another exciting conversation about cannabis in the food industry! Please register through the Event Website link. This #HatcheryNetworking event is presented…

Starting a Food Business

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

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Follow your dreams of starting a food business with our help. The Hatchery's cornerstone curriculum course will help you launch a successful food and beverage company. Learn all about the food entrepreneurship space as well as required licensing, certification, financing, and branding. Each attendee will receive our Starting a Food Business checklist, taking you through each license and certification you need to consider, so you'll get started on the right track. An experienced business attorney will also cover the many…

Accounting & Finance for Start-Ups

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$40

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In this introductory course, we will take a look at the basics of accounting, financial statements and financial analyses - specifically as it relates to food & beverage companies. We'll go through accounting methodology for important aspects of the business, as well as key KPI's to track as you grow. Time and again, incredible companies with amazing visions are unable to scale because they lack a good handle on their finances. Don't let this happen to you! Let's take a…

The Hatchery Chicago Grand Opening Event

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$75

With months of construction finally behind us, we're looking ahead to the future. Join us for a special evening event exploring the future of food: taste innovative products and hear from a panel of experts into the trends driving our industry. More details coming soon. Reserve your spot today!   Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, MB Financial Bank!

Winning on Amazon: Strategy, Sales & Optimization

April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$30

Join us for a comprehensive session on Amazon strategy! Beekeeper Marketing is an experienced and savvy team of online marketing and management professionals with a passion for helping consumables companies succeed in a crowded online marketplace. Products on White Photography will present a brief overview of product photography for the Amazon platform. About the presenters: Beekeeper Marketing Beekeeper has been around since Amazon first started selling consumables online. Over the years, their relationships with Amazon have deepened and their business has grown organically through…

Hatchery Networking – April 25

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$15

Join us for another exciting #HatcheryNetworking event! Our monthly Hatchery Networking events are a great place to meet entrepreneurs and other members of our community! You'll always learn about an interesting trend or topic in the food industry, meet a member of The Hatchery team, and get to sample products from our Hatchery Entrepreneur members! Hatchery Networking is FREE for members. Exciting speaker(s) to be announced very soon!

May 2019

Digital Marketing: Strategic Investments for Big Returns

May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$30

You have a million ideas, two pennies, and a Facebook page. How are you going to start spreading your brand's good name online? In this seminar you'll learn how to prioritize digital media channels based on your audience and goals. Spoiler alert: don't try to launch them all at once! When launching a brand, it's rarely ideas that are lacking - but the time and resources to support those ideas is decidedly more limited. Digital marketing offers startups and small…

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