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 Vermont 2018 Entrepreneur Showcase

Calling All Food, Farm & Forestry Entrepreneurs! Apply NOW to present at the Slow Money Vermont 2018 Entrepreneur Showcase on December 5, 2018 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the River Garden in Brattleboro.

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Starting a business and looking for money: How does it work? Stories from the field.

On May 17, 2018, Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC), Randolph Economic Development Council, White River Investment Club and Slow Money Vermont partnered to host an evening of stories and dialogue focused on what it takes for early-stage entrepreneurs to capitalize their businesses.

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