Ask anyone visiting Oregon, you’ll that find most visit for the food—the variety of amazing restaurants, the impeccable craft brews, the thriving community of food carts, and the numerous food and beer festivals. The food and beverage industry is one of the hallmarks of our culture and a major draw for tourists and businesses from around the world.
As the signature event of OEN’s Food & Beverage Cluster, OEN’s Food & Beverage Showcase is about convening stakeholders from all across Oregon—entrepreneurs, distributors, accountants, lawyers, investors, marketers, and more—in one place, while showcasing an amazing collection of statewide entrepreneurs and startups.
If you are an entrepreneur
This is a great opportunity to get in front of that important connection that helps you take your business to the next level.
If you are an investor interested in food companies
This is a great opportunity to find the next great Oregon food company—you might just discover the next Brazi Bites, Dave’s Killer Bread, or Salt & Straw.
If you are a service provider
This is a great opportunity to connect with your target audience and learn about some of the most innovative and delicious companies crowing in the state.
Innovation in food and beverage breathes life into Oregon’s culture and its economy. That is why a diverse group of people, including OEN, Green Zebra Grocery, The Radical Brand Lab, and Built Oregon, came together to create the F&B Showcase. We are bringing innovative startups together with industry experts to celebrate the culture of Oregon and support our incredible community of food and beverage entrepreneurs. Why? Because we believe a thriving network of entrepreneurs makes Oregon stronger.
Register to Attend the Showcase
The F&B Showcase will include a series of great pitches from sophisticated startups and entrepreneurs. There will also be a food fair, experienced panelists, a Candid Conversation among insightful speakers, and stellar networking that will make this an event to remember.
We invite everyone in the industry to come together, listen to stories, meet entrepreneurs, network with industry experts and, of course, listen to some great pitches!
Apply to Pitch
Are you a food & beverage entrepreneur ready to take your startup to the next level? See below for our series of workshops that will help you hone your pitch and give you feedback from a host of experts. The best pitches will be selected to take the stage and pitch to an audience of industry professionals at the Showcase!
Why is having a great pitch important? Because a great pitch will help you connect with your audience and move your business forward—whether it’s getting products on shelves, engaging distributors, seeking investment, hiring talent, or getting a new customer.
All entrepreneurs in the program will walk away with valuable skills, resources, and connections. You’ll get personalized feedback on your pitch from leading industry experts and learn what pitfalls to avoid. You’ll connect with fellow entrepreneurs and network with an audience that cares about the local food and beverage industry. And, you’ll get to promote your business and compete for valuable prizes.