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8 Brands Taking The Stage At The Expo West 2018 Pitch-Slam Competition

Updated: Jul 18, 2021

Galit Laibow, Greg Fleishman, Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar | Foodstirs Junk-Free Bakery
Galit Laibow, Greg Fleishman, Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar | Foodstirs Junk-Free Bakery

Every year at Natural Products Expo, attendees are on the hunt for the newest natural product innovation. The Natural Products Expo West Pitch-Slam is proud to highlight the best emerging brands at Expo West 2018. We’ve outlined here how we chose the eight semifinalists to pitch in Anaheim.

The Process

Applications were open from Dec. 1, 2017 to Jan. 26, 2018.

Applicants were asked to highlight basic details about their company such as founding date, product description, management description, sales history and projections. In addition, applicants are asked to explain how their company integrates a focus on greater access to healthy lifestyle, stewardship and/or nutrition into its core values (if at all). As a part of the application, each brand also submitted a short video to showcase the personality of the founders and product.

Selection Committee Mentors reviewed every application based on the following criteria: uniqueness, value proposition of product, product branding, packaging, presentation and market viability, in equal measure. The Selection Committee Mentors watched over 200 minutes of video footage and spent numerous hours reviewing applicants. Every application was scored from one to five. Selection Committee Mentors discussed the top scoring companies and some of their standout favorites. In the selection process, the mentors were also paired with a brand for coaching leading into Expo West. The mentor relationship will focus on presentation content and storytelling on stage.

Before the show, semi-finalists will also have the opportunity to attend a webinar with revered pitch coach Andi O’Conor on body language and delivering the perfect pitch.

The PitchSemi-Finals Competition March 7, 2018 5-6 p.m. Marriott, Marquis North Sponsored by: 301 Inc., G4A Generator, Moss Adams

  1. 3-minute pitch

  2. 3-minute Q&A

Judges, with audience input, will choose four semi-finalists to advance to the Finals round on Thursday, March 8.Finals Competition March 8, 2018 4:30-6:30 p.m. Marriott, Grand Salon F Sponsored by: 301 Inc., G4A Generator, Moss Adams

  1. 3-minute pitch

  2. 5-minute Q&A

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

The People Expo West 2018 Pitch-Slam Selection Committee and Mentors Bob Burke, Natural Products Consulting Arno Hesse, Slow Money Northern California Carlotta Mast, New Hope Network Daniel Lohman, Category Management Solutions Mike Dobvish, Nutrition Capital Network Debbie Wildrick, MetaBrand Lauren Clardy, NutriMarketing Group Jessica Bates, Dwight Funding Tera Johnson, Food Finance Institute Sergey Grigoryan, TNKR Design Expo West 2018 Pitch-Slam Judges Renske Lynde, Food System 6 Jon Sebastiani, Sonoma Brands Greg Fleishman, Foodstirs Carla Vernon, Natural & Organic Operating Unit General Mills Betsy McGinn, McGinn eCommConsulting

The Eight


  2. Wize Monkey

  3. Dr. Brite

  4. Tribalí Foods

  5. BIO RAW

  6. Further Food

  7. MADE OF

  8. The Honest Stand 

The Grand Prize-over $40K in services from New Hope Network

  1. Expo West 2019 Free Booth and Marketing Credit

  2. Expo East 2018 Attendee Super Pass and Business School Badges x 2

  3. Esca Bona 2018 Badge x 2

  4. Supply Side 2018 Global Pass x 2

  5. New Hope Network NEXT Data + Insights Concept Testing

  6. New Hope Network Digital/Print Services

  7. Nutrition Capital Network 2018 Waived Pitch-Fee

  8. Nutrition Business Journal Subscription/Custom Reporting

  9. NEXTY Nomination-Waived Fee

  10. Content coverage on

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