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AccelerateHERdc 2019

Glen’s Garden Market is deeply committed to growing small, local, environmentally focused businesses along with our own. Since we opened six years ago, we have launched over 80 food businesses, giving them their very first chance to sell their products on our shelves. Of those companies, nearly 50 were founded by women, and just over 20 were started by people of color. Supporting the folks who are chasing their dreams to nourish our community sustainably, and who are really getting it right, is integral to our ethos.

Last year, we created a business pitch competition called AccelerateHERdc, to identify, incubate and accelerate the next, great lady-led, small-batch food concept in our region. The response was extraordinary, and the result was the creation of a truly great and empowering new tradition.

Today, we’re announcing the second iteration of AccelerateHERdc. The winner will receive: a $6,000 no-strings investment from Glen’s and the Chobani Incubator, a year-long professional mentorship with Glen’s Garden Market Founder Danielle Vogel; an appearance on the radio show and podcast Everyday Enviro on Full Service Radio; hour-long strategic consultations with top executives from Annie’s (Ali Kelley and Dan Stangler) and Chobani Incubator Director Zoe Feldman; three, hour-long marketing consultations with Glen’s Garden Market Marketing Director, Meredith Harris; and a complimentary entry to the Good Food Mercantile in Brooklyn this July. All finalists will also receive a one-hour branding and storytelling consultation with Caroline Westerman, CEO of LION Brand Consultancy.

The competition has three phases: first, a thorough review of submitted applications by our panel of judges (applications open March 1 and close on April 6, 2019), followed by a phone-based interview with the semi-finalists (between April 14 and 16), and then a live community tasting and pitch competition at our Earth Day Birthday celebration on April, 20, 2019.

This year’s judges include: Danielle Vogel and Meredith Harris of Glen’s Garden Market, Bettina Stern of Chaia, Jenna Huntsberger of Whisked!, Shizu Okusa of Jrink Juicery, and Caroline Westerman of LION Brand Consultancy.

We couldn’t be more excited to learn about the amazing innovations the women of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are bringing to sustainably sourced, small-batch foods, and to actively and symbiotically engage in their amplification.

Apply for AccelerateHERdc

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