Are you an innovative food, beverage or health entrepreneur looking to grow your business? Arlene Dickinson’s District Ventures Accelerator is taking applications for its next cohort! Take your business to the next level with the accelerator’s seventh cohort program, which offers entrepreneurs a $150,000 investment in exchange for a minority equity stake from District Ventures Capital.
This investment includes access to a five-month program tailored to increase your company’s sales, distribution, brand equity and ultimately your valuation through business strategy, mentorship and marketing.
District Ventures has helped 60 Canadian entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Below are a few stories from their alumni and how each company has used the program to become leading innovators in their category.
Neige and Pippa Blair, co-founders, Routine
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sisters-in-law Neige and Pippa Blair are the co-founders of Routine, an all-natural deodorant crafted in Calgary, Alberta. Since starting their business in 2012, Routine has rapidly grown and is sold in over 300 stores across North America. The duo came to District Ventures as members of Cohort I to be part of a community of entrepreneurs. Watch here to find out how Neige and Pippa launched Routine and continue to grow in the changing health and wellness landscape.
Jamie Ayles, founder, Bow Valley BBQ
Location: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
Bow Valley BBQ was founded by Jamie Ayles, a former executive chef for the 5 Diamond Lizard Creek Lodge in Fernie, B.C. His culinary experience and passion for creating food led him to create Bow Valley BBQ, an all natural line of barbeque sauces, rubs and spreads. In 2015, Bow Valley BBQ acquired Boccalino Fine Foods, which is now the fastest growing line of fresh salad dressings.
Bow Valley BBQ has grown rapidly across Canada since graduating from District Ventures Accelerator’s Cohort II program in mid 2016. Shortly after, it was picked up by Loblaw Companies Limited and Overwaitea Food Group for distribution and received an investment from Arlene Dickinson’s venture capital fund, District Ventures Capital. By the end of 2018, both Bow Valley BBQ products and Boccalino Fine Foods will be available across Canada. Watch here to learn how this company is growing as a leading player in the sauce and condiment market.
Shelby Taylor, founder, Chickapea Pasta
Location: Collingwood, Ontario
Shelby Taylor launched Chickapea Pasta – a healthy, gluten free and organic pasta made from just chickpeas and lentils – in 2015. Since then, Chickapea Pasta has quickly grown into being a leader in the pasta industry for its nutritious and tasty alternative.
In 2017, Chickapea Pasta completed District Ventures’ Cohort III program. Since then, Chickapea Pasta has successfully increased sales, expanded distribution in the U.S., and even received an investment from District Ventures Capital. This investment allowed Chickapea Pasta to ramp up distribution across North America and launch a second pasta product.
Read more about how this Canadian entrepreneur is staying ahead in the competitive U.S. market.
Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Apply for District Ventures’ seventh cohort program. Interested entrepreneurs can apply online by November 16 for acceptance into the February 2019 cohort by visiting here.