Slow Money National Gathering slated for April 29-30 in Boulder

 

Jennifer and David Bacon, founders of FlapJacked Protein Pancake mix, sift a mix for a their first product processing run at Kitchen Coop in Broomfield on April 25, 2013 -- David Jennings/For the Camera

Jennifer and David Bacon, founders of FlapJacked Protein Pancake mix, sift a mix for a their first product processing run at Kitchen Coop in Broomfield on April 25, 2013. The Kitchen Coop is one of several companies pitching for investment at this week’s Slow Money National Gathering in Boulder. — David Jennings/For the Camera

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.”

Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased at www.slowmoney.org. The film screening of “Betting the Farm” at 8 p.m. on Monday is open to the public at a cost of $10 per ticket.

Tasch’s non-governmental organization has helped lead to $24 million invested in 190 small food businesses.

In Boulder, which is home to one of Slow Money’s six investment clubs, loans have been made to efforts such as Localization Partners and Grant Family Farms.

“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.”

About Alicia Wallace

Alicia Wallace is the business reporter for the Boulder Daily Camera.
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2 Responses to Slow Money National Gathering slated for April 29-30 in Boulder

  1. Slow money sound very interesting

  2. Yet another informative pot from launch boulder! Thanks Alicia

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