Slow Money, an organization that assists in investments and loans to small food companies and farms, will host its fourth national conference on Monday and Tuesday in Boulder.
About 600 people are expected to attend the Slow Money National Gathering at the Boulder Theater. The event will feature educational talks, networking, pitches from food entrepreneurs and the awarding of the Mamma Chia Entrepreneur of the Year Prize.
“We’re a network of investors and entrepreneurs and donors who want to see more money being invested in small food businesses and local businesses,” said Woody Tasch, founder and chairman of Slow Money, which recently established its headquarters in Boulder. “Slow Money is a general reference to slow food, the opposite of fast food. Slow Money is the opposite of fast money.”
Tasch’s non-governmental organization has helped lead to $24 million invested in 190 small food businesses.
“We’re really a network that is putting investors and entrepreneurs together … we’re creating conditions in which investing can happen,” Tasch said.
The idea of Slow Money was the catalyst for The Kitchen Coop, a Broomfield-based manufacturing space for small food companies.
“Slow Money talks about the idea of the commons and returning the money back to the land and all of the earth is our commons,” said Jeff Greenberg, the Kitchen Coop’s executive director. “I think about the Kitchen Coop as the same type of thing. It’s a shared manufacturing and work environment and we all have to take care of it.
“If any one of us abuses it, it hurts the rest of it.”
The Kitchen Coop is one of several companies that will pitch to Slow Money investors at this week’s event.
“This is our first opportunity where we’re really announcing our presence, that we’re on the scene,” he said. ” … We’ll explore investment in the Kitchen Coop and spread the word that it’s possible we can take this same model and build it in other locations.”