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Wednesday, October 4 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Self-Made: Success Stories by Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs

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The food and beverage industry is a crowded and competitive space. Join us for a compelling and inspiring conversation with these extraordinary entrepreneurs who ventured to open their businesses, where success means more than just cooking up a great dish or serving a good cocktail or healthful beverage. Learn how they got their start, how they beat the odds, how they compete with bigger local and national chains, and how they have incorporated the innovative thinking needed to be successful as a modern food entrepreneur.

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Valentina Vitols

Angel Investor, Pipeline Angels / Next Wave Impact
Valentina is an angel investor focused on supporting entrepreneurs in the technology and social impact spaces. A native of Venezuela, she is a member of Pipeline Angels, Alliance of Angels, and Hera Angels. Valentina is also a limited partner at Next Wave Ventures and Portfolia, a... Read More →

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Kirsten Helle

Founder, Mesa de Vida
Chef Kirsten Helle is the Founder/President of Mesa de Vida, LLC, and a private chef for professional athletes. She is on a mission to help families enjoy healthier, more delicious meals at home, more often, and helping other woman-owned healthy food products become successful legacy... Read More →
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Donna Moodie

Founder, Marjorie Restaurant
Born in Jamaica and raised in Chicago, Donna found her way into her mother’s kitchen at an early age. What left the biggest impression wasn’t just the food, but her mother’s gracious hospitality – always hosting dinner parties, always finding room for one more guest at the... Read More →
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Bianca Szyperski

Founder, Jujubeet
Bianca Szyperski is the co-founder and manager of Jujubeet Artisan Juice Bars and Cafés, with two locations in Seattle and two on the Eastside. Jujubeet is opening a store at the SeaTac airport in 2018. Jujubeet is also delivering standing orders to corporate customers, runs... Read More →
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Jack Timmons

Owner, Jack's BBQ
Jack Timmons grew up in Texas and has lived in Seattle for the last 2 decades. Prior to going into the food industry, Jack was a computer consultant at Boeing, got his MBA in Brussels followed by a stint at PACCAR, and spent 13 years working in IT, marketing, and business development... Read More →

Wednesday October 4, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
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