Nutrition Capital Network Announces Spring 2009 Investor Meeting Dedicated to Capital Formation in the Nutrition Industry

Nutrition Capital Network’s Fourth Investor Meeting will be held in New York City on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. NCN IV will present professionally screened companies to motivated financial and strategic investors in the nutrition, health, wellness, natural & organic and green products arena.

Companies interested in raising growth capital are invited to apply through March 20, 2009

“Despite current economic pressures, there are positive signs that the consumer trend towards healthier lifestyles is being sustained, and investors remain very attuned to products and services in this space,” said Grant Ferrier, an NCN principal and co-chairman of the meeting. “Several companies that participated in the first three NCN meetings have raised capital, and many more have forged valuable contacts with strategic and equity investors.”

Two NCN Investors Meetings are held each year, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast. Each Investor Meeting presents at least 20 companies screened by NCN principals.

NCN IV will feature a special track devoted to ingredient & technology companies. The first 12-15 presenters will be consumer-facing, finished product companies and the second 6-8 will be in ingredient development, supply and technology.

NCN Investor Meetings are primarily for companies at two stages:*
First Round: Typically companies beyond proof of concept with revenues less than $5 million and raising outside or professional capital for the first time.

Second Round or Later Stage: Typically companies that have already raised structured capital, have revenues of $5 million or higher and are looking for growth capital.*

However, Start-up companies or those working on proof of concept may also submit applications.

Companies raising capital and interested in the opportunity to present their business plan to investors are invited to visit www.nutritioncapital.com to fill in a FREE application form on line. Only companies professionally screened and selected by Nutrition Capital Network principals will be eligible to present at the meeting. Investors interested in registering should visit www.nutritioncapital.com.

Where and When: The Nutrition Capital Network day-long Investor Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City. An opening reception and dinner precedes the event on the evening of Monday, April 20. For more details visit www.nutritioncapital.com or contact Mike Dovbish at 415-254-1116, email: [email protected]

About Nutrition Capital Network: The Nutrition Capital Network mission (San Diego, Calif.) is to facilitate the financing process for small companies and introduce investors to the next generation of successful brands in the nutrition, health, wellness, natural/organic and green product arena. However, the NCN vision goes beyond helping to improve the efficiency of capital formation in this dynamic sector. It also aims to accelerate the impact of nutrition companies on the country’s healthcare crisis, the food industry and the wellbeing of the general population. The Investor Meeting in New York is part of a broader service platform being developed by Nutrition Capital Network to facilitate partnering between nutrition industry firms and financial investors.

Nutrition Capital Principals have a strong track record in investment and the nutrition industry:

Grant Ferrier, Co-Chair & Principal
Grant co-founded Nutrition Business Journal and was responsible for creating NBJ's segmentation and quantification of the nutrition industry. He has served as a lead consultant and principal advisor on proprietary consulting, research and strategy development assignments in both the nutrition and environmental industries, in addition to acting as a third-party advisor in several M&A transactions.

Thomas D. Aarts, Co-Chair & Principal
Tom is Managing Director of Nutrition Business Advisors LLC, a strategic advisory firm focused on the nutrition industry. He co-founded Nutrition Business Journal and is Founder and Co-Chair of the NBJ/Newport Summit, the premier executive retreat for the nutrition industry. He has more than 20 years’ experience in management consulting, M&A transactions, investment analysis and market research.

Greg Horn, Principal
Greg Horn has dedicated his career to building brands that enhance healthy living. He is a Managing Director of Iron Leaf Capital, President and Co-Founder of Specialty Nutrition Group Inc., and Co-Founder of New Brands Inc. and the functional beverage company, Celsius Inc., where he serves as a Director. He was formerly President and CEO of Garden of Life Inc. and CEO of GNC (General Nutrition Centers). He is the author of Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability (Freedom Press, 2006).

Mike Dovbish, Executive Director
Mike was previously an Associate with Health Business Partners, an investment banking and consulting firm specializing in the natural products industry. Mike has participated in several buy-side engagements and was responsible for managing the Healthy Products Capital Forum, a serial online event held by Health Business Partners and Natural Products Consulting. He was formerly a senior consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Steve Allen, Chairman of Screening Committee
Steve is Vice-President, New Ventures for Nestlé. He has been in the food industry for over twenty years, gaining experience in Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Switzerland, in addition to North America. His current responsibilities are with the venture capital activities of Nestlé and the investments that Nestlé has made in start-up companies in the United States and Canada.

*First Round: Typically companies beyond proof of concept with revenues less than $5 million and raising outside or professional capital for the first time. Investments of $2-5 million usually sought.

Second Round or Later Stage: Typically companies that have already raised structured capital, have revenues of $5 million or higher and are looking for growth capital. Investments of $5-20 million usually sought.

Start-Ups: Revenues typically less than $1 million and seeking investment of $500,000 to $2 million. Note: Our meetings are designed to satisfy professional investors' preferred desire for companies in the First Round or Later Stage. However, startup companies or those working on proof of concept may submit an application to Nutrition Capital Network for consideration. NCN does include some wealthy individuals, angels and professional investors that make investments in startup or pre-revenue companies.

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