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March 2019

Principles of Impactful Packaging Design

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

This session focuses on unlocking the potential of impactful packaging. Attendees will learn the principles of package design, tools for thinking about their brand & areas of opportunity. This will include visualizing how your product would compare to competition on a mock shelf set. Companies will walk away with an overview of design thinking, general principles of impactful design, and actionable steps to take to their specific brand packaging. Topics covered include: The benefits of exploring different design directions, guidelines…

Defining a Social Media Strategy

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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$20

Social media is one of those things that works best when it looks easy. In reality, great social media engagement requires careful planning, long-term strategy, and a ton of leg work. But it's also an incredibly powerful tool with the potential to truly connect brands with their consumers. Join The Hatchery and Stout Collective to learn how to establish your goals, understand your audience, and plan a social media strategy that's both effective and manageable. About the Speaker: Matt Tanaka is the founder…

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

**UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT and at capacity! Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walk-ins. We'll see you at a future Hatchery event!**   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…

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…

Garfield Park Neighborhood Market at The Hatchery

April 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Hatchery Chicago, 135 North Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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Free

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No ticket needed to attend as a guest! This is an open event. Join local community entrepreneurs and members of The Hatchery Chicago for the indoor Garfield Park Neighborhood Market at The Hatchery this Spring! Shop products from the entrepreneurial community of the West Side and support the Garfield Park Garden Network. The first indoor market in February hosted thirty vendors, 80% of which were based on the West Side! The Garfield Park Neighborhood Market, which began on the vacant…

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…

SOLD OUT – The Hatchery Chicago Grand Opening Event: Explore the Future of Food

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 experiential evening exploring the future of food. Drink innovative cocktails, enjoy an array of unique dishes made right here in The Hatchery's private kitchens by our resident entrepreneur chefs, and sample innovative CPG products from Hatchery entrepreneurs and trendsetters from around the country. Somewhere between digging into a crispy whitefish kimchi po' boy, making your own functional foods trail mix, and eating…

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