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Monday, March 16 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Creating a New Accelerator for Culinary Business

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Culinary entrepreneurs can often mirror artists, as their zeal for the art of food creation may not directly translate into a successful business model. Break Fast & Launch was designed to bridge this gap by making new culinary businesses achieve success and sustainability.
In November 2014, Break Fast & Launch was recognized at the White House as 1 of 50 national winners of the first SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Selected out of 832 applications, our plan is to execute 3 separate cohorts, each with a unique culinary vertical, throughout 2015.
Modeled after the TechStars accelerator and hosted by Cafe Commerce, Break Fast & Launch utilizes mentorship and experiential and classroom style learning to provide business fundamentals and support to our teams to make them investment ready in just 3 months.
Join Break Fast & Launch co-creators and program mentors as they discuss the creation, operation and challenges of creating a new accelerator type.

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Jody Newman

Chief Friend, The Friendly Spot
Jody Bailey Newman is the leader in progressive entrepreneurship for food and drink in urban San Antonio. Jody is the creative mind and operator behind 4 of downtown’s favorite Craft Brew hangouts. She is the Chief Friend of The Friendly Spot Ice House, creator of small-business... Read More →
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Celina Pena

Chief Program Officer, Liftfund
Celina Peña, Chief Program Officer LiftFund formerly known as Accion Texas Inc.
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Ryan Salts

Dir of Break Fast & Launch, Cafe Commerce
Ryan Salts is the Director of Break Fast & Launch the first culinary business accelerator in America. In addition to Break Fast & Launch, Ryan is also the Director of Outreach and Engagement for Cafe Commerce in San Antonio, Texas.
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Blake Yeager

Managing Director, Techstars Cloud, Techstars
Blake is currently a Managing Director for Techstars, a mentorship-driven startup network that runs a number of accelerators around the globe. Blake manages the Techstars Cloud program based in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to his current role, Blake was the Director of Next Generation... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
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