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8 brands selected to pitch at Natural Products Expo East 2018 Pitch-Slam competition

From an impressive lineup of applications, New Hope Network and a panel of industry experts have selected the eight semifinalists who will compete in Baltimore to win bragging rights and over $40,000 in services.

Denver Lewis, Community and Conference Content Manager

August 8, 2018

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Every year at Natural Products Expo, attendees are on the hunt for the newest natural product innovation. The Natural Products Expo East Pitch-Slam is proud to highlight eight exciting emerging brands who will take the stage at the Expo East Pitch-Slam Semi-Finalist Competition.

The Pitch

Semi-Finals Competition Sept. 12, 2018
5-6 p.m. Hilton, Key Ballroom 7/8
Sponsored by: 301 Inc., Moss Adams

• 3-minute pitch

• 3-minute Q&A

Finals Competition Sept. 13, 2018
4:30-6:30 p.m. Hilton, Key Ballroom 7/8
Sponsored by: 301 Inc., Moss Adams

• 3-minute pitch

• 5-minute Q&A

Judges select one grand prize winner. Both competitions are open to all badgeholders.

The Selection

The eight Selection Committee Mentors below will be partnered up with the eight brands leading into the show to help them perfect their pitch.

Expo East 2018 Pitch-Slam Selection Committee and Mentors

Blake Mitchell, Interact on Shelf
Bob Burke, Natural Products Consulting
Daniel Karsavar, Solutiontopia
Debbie Wildrick, MetaBrand
Elizabeth Moskow, Sterling-Rice Group
Mitchell Stevko, Growth CEO Advisors
Orion Brown, The Black Travel Box
Sarah Nathan, Chobani

These five industry all-stars will select the four finalists who will compete in Thursday's Finals Competition.

Expo East 2018 Pitch-Slam Judges

Cheryl Clements, PieShell
Gigi Lee Chang, BFY Capital
Kellam Mattie, VEB (Venturing & Emerging Brands), The Coca-Cola Company
Luke Vernon, Ridgeline Ventures
Perteet Spencer, SPINS

The Eight


We hope you'll join us in September! Want to submit your brand to pitch? Natural Products Expo West 2019 Pitch-Slam applications open in January 2019. 



About the Author(s)

Denver Lewis

Community and Conference Content Manager, New Hope Network

As Community and Conference Content Manager, Denver is passionate about educating and supporting the growth of early stage natural products brands, strengthening understanding of the investment landscape and providing a platform for storytelling, with a focus on mission-driven business.

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