Today the finalists have been announced for Pitch + Plant the start-up pitch competition taking place Vevolution Festival 2017.
The competition will see plant-based start-up entrepreneurs give short pitches for a chance to win £1500 investment and mentorship from BRAN Investments.
The competition had a fantastic respond and it was very hard for BRAN Investments to choose the finalists. Congratulations to all of the finalists and for those who didn't get through this time, keep going because honestly all the businesses submitted were great ideas.
Finalists For Pitch + Plant
Nutkin was founded by Kate Brontë-Stewart, naturopath & health food lover 18 months ago. Kate follows the principles of naturopathic nutrition, meaning her products are functional health foods. Interestingly Nutkin is zero waste and uses only biodegradable & compatible packaging. She has been trading at markets and events as well
After getting a coffee machine for Christmas in 2015, Optiat founder William soon discovered that every day he was throwing lots of coffee grounds in the bin. After doing some research into coffee he discovered it has great healing properties for the skin. Soon after he secured a deal to collect left-over coffee grounds from shops and launched the world's first sustainable coffee scrub.
La Crèmerie is one of East London's latest innovative food startups, founded by Canadian fashion-designer-turned-entrepreneur Renée Lacroix. After meeting Christophe Favrot, an agricultural-engineer-slash-biochemist-slash-herbalist who invented a genius method of transforming rice into yoghurt. Renée convinced him to become her business partner and La Crèmerie was born in February 2017.
One Small Shop Founder Katie found her lifestyle changed when she made the decision to go vegan. She felt frustrated by the lack of stylish and ethical shopping options. This inspired her to change her career from media and events and open One Small Shop to showcase small brands alongside established vegan companies.
Dust Foods was founded back in 2015 after their founder Sophie spent some time living and travelling around Australia. She spotted a gap for in the market for a really great tasting, refined sugar and oil free granola. Sophia’s mission has been to show people that healthy breakfast can be healthy and delicious and she has already had great success with Dust having been stocked in Planet Organic.
Back in January 2017 Mylkman founder Jamie made a lengthy list of things he would like to do in the coming year. Near the top of the list was being more environmentally friendly and starting his own business.
The idea of starting Mylkman nut milks came to him in the shower, within minutes he was buying the domain name and planning the business. Since launching in April this year the Mylkman has been a regular on the London street market scene.