Slow Money Vermont

Implementing a three-part strategy of Communications, Events, and Investor-Entrepreneur Networks, Slow Money Vermont has made great strides since its September 2014 launch in Montpelier. One of 24 Slow Money networks around the country, Slow Money Vermont has garnered media attention in the Associated Press national farm & food Big Story of the week, NPR Marketplace Weekend, Vermont Public Radio, the Burlington Free Press, and the Valley News. The network has led or partnered on five fully attended events, including an Entrepreneur Showcase in May 2015 that brought seven VT food system enterprises in front of investors, service providers, and their peers. Presenter Cobb Hill Frozen Yogurt secured financing in the wake of the Showcase, enabling them to double production capacity.

Slow Money Vermont has been incubated as a Task Force of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network. Organizing Team members include the VSJF Flexible Capital Fund, Clean Yield Asset Management, the Vermont Community Loan Fund, the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, and Community Capital of Vermont. One key project is the Vermont Food Investors Network, which anchors the “how” of Slow Money Vermont’s intention to catalyze investment in Vermont food businesses. In addition to the Activities outlined below, Slow Money Vermont has partnered with sister Slow Money networks across New England to host a 2015 regional gathering in Boston, and plans to convene a similar event in Vermont in 2016. Join over 550 others who look to Slow Money Vermont for opportunities by “liking" Slow Money Vermont on Facebook.

Slow Money Vermont is committed to creating more avenues for food system entrepreneurs and farmers to have greater access to the right match of capital to meet their financing needs at their stage of growth and for their scale of business. (Goal 20)


Activities

Slow Money New England Regional Gathering Add to Collection

On September 9 and 10, Slow Money Vermont hosted the 2016 Slow Money New England Regional Gathering at Shelburne Farms. Over 100 people convened. Slow Money Vermont partnered with neighboring Slow Money Networks to produce the event. "The Regional Gathering was a well-planned and executed event, connecting all the constituents in our regional food shed—producers, consumers, entrepreneurs and investors," said Lisa Sebesta of Slow Money Boston.

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2016 Slow Money VT Entrepreneur Showcase Add to Collection

Calling all entrepreneurs, innovators, and creative problem-solvers alike! Slow Money Vermont will be hosting its second Entrepreneurship Showcase on June 15 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Sugarbush Resort in Warren. This is an event that you will not want to miss! We will be bringing together the area’s most forward-thinking entrepreneurs and investors under the shared vision of creating a more sustainable food system.

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