Presenting Company Benefits
- Present your business plan at an NCN Investor Meeting to an audience already investing in the nutrition and health & wellness industry
- Meet with private equity firms, major food, CPG and pharmaceutical companies, venture capital firms, family funds and angel investors, and be introduced to these throughout the year and as an NCN alumni
- Improve or re-frame your business plan and investor pitch with insights and coaching from experienced mentors among NCN principals or selection committee
- Gain contact information for all investors in attendance and NCN members
- Stay on the NCN radar year-round and longer with ‘past presenter updates’ that NCN investors receive regularly
- Invitations to present or be a panelist at NCN educational sessions at key industry trade shows or conferences chaired by NCN principals
- Sign up for complimentary NCN webinars or conference calls.
Apply to be a Presenting Company:
Applications are accepted year-round for NCN events and the application process is free. If your application is successful and you accept an invitation to present at an NCN Investor Meeting, the cost is $1,500. This includes two registrants and coaching by NCN Principals.
The NCN Screening Committee uses a unique set of criteria to evaluate
potential Presenting Companies from the nutrition, health & wellness,
natural and organic product, and green product industries.
NCN Cornerstone Investor members get quarterly updates on all news and updates provided by many of the 545 former presenting companies at NCN meetings, including transaction information. NCN has presented 545 companies at 31 meetings from 2007-2016, of which more than 270 have raised capital, sold assets or completed some form of transaction.
TargEDys: NCN Europe II
TargEDys, a developer of innovative microbiome-based solutions to regulate appetite, has received €3.5 million from Zaluvida, which joins existing investors Seventure Partners, NCI and Pontifax. Zaluvida’s investment supplements the initial €5.8 million raised in April 2016, and its non-dilutive funding of €1.1 million by Bpifrance in March 2017. TargEDys is developing two appetite-regulation products: ProbioSatys, which targets weight loss, and ProbioNutrys, which does the reverse and stimulates appetite in those suffering malnourishment, acachexia or anorexicia. Zaluvida’s CEO Christoph Staeuble and CSO Matthias Miller have joined the board of directors.
Shaka Tea: NCN XIX in 2016
Shaka Tea (Honolulu, Hawaii) closed an angel round to grow its Hawaiian iced tea brand, brewed from māmaki, an antioxidant-rich plant found only in the Hawaiian archipelago. The round was led by Michael Hammer, managing director of Atomic Brand Labs and former senior director of Strategic Ventures at PepsiCo; James S. Tonkin, president of Healthy Brand Builders; and Grant Ferrier, managing director and co-founder of Nutrition Capital Network. The trio joins co-founders Bella Hughes and Harrison Rice as part of the strategic operations team. The RTD herbal teas are made with natural and organic ingredients, flavored with purees and juices, contain no added sugar, and are 50-90 calories per 16oz bottle. Māmaki has been revered in the Native Hawaiian community for centuries for its health benefits. Shaka Tea was a presenting company at the NCN XIX Fall 2016 Investor Meeting. Posted March 2017
Makeena: NCN XIII in 2013
Makeena (Boulder, Colo.), a technology platform that connects natural products brands to shoppers across retailers and social media, has purchased CommonKindness.com (Sausalito, Calif.), a free coupon website. According to Makeena, the acquisition positions it as the largest natural products coupon company in the United States. Makeena offers brands and retailers proprietary data, including business analytics and shopper data profiles; the company’s mobile app helps shoppers find products and earn cash back. CommonKindness.com aims to benefit consumers, nonprofit organizations, and brands, eliminating coupon loading, charging brands only for coupons redeemed, and donating 20 percent of revenues to nonprofit organizations of the shopper’s choice. Makeena was founded in 2012 by CEO Karen Frame. (Posted February 2017)