June 20, 2018 — We are excited to announce the companies that will be presenting at District Ventures Demo Day on June 27!
The six companies will travel to Calgary from across Canada to pitch to over 100 industry leaders for investment and distribution. The companies span multiple trending categories including vegan foods, snacking, artisanal, and pet food and treats.
As part of our new program structured announce in late 2017, each company has received a $130,000 investment from District Ventures Capital. After taking part in a five month program to increase their sales, distribution, and valuation, the companies will now pitch to external investors to build on their growth.
“I’m really excited about our upcoming Demo Day,” said our founder and CEO Arlene Dickinson. “The investment we’ve made in each of the companies, together with some new program changes, have positioned them to grow into global brands. Demo Day is an opportunity for other Canadian investors to help them achieve continued growth.”
Cohort 5 members include:
1. Culcherd – Toronto, ON – www.culcherd.com
When entrepreneurs Jillian Leo and Tim Donnelly identified a need for more high-quality and flavourful dairy-free products, Culcherd was born. Based in Toronto, the company crafts a line of plant-based, dairy-free alternatives, imitating soft-spread cheese and butter. Culcherd is currently sold in Ontario and British Columbia and is expanding across Canada.
2. Drizzle Honey – Calgary, AB – www.drizzlehoney.com
Drizzle Honey is a line of sustainable honey products that brings excitement to an age-old industry. Based in Calgary, Drizzle Honey is led by Aja Horsley, who discovered a need for sustainable beekeeping while working as an environmental scientist. You can find Drizzle products in nearly 150 stores across Canada.
3. Farm Fresh Pet Foods – Carstairs, AB – www.farmfreshpetfoods.com
Farm Fresh Pet Foods is an Alberta-based pet food company that crafts premium dog treats made with top quality and local Canadian ingredients. The company is spearheaded by Kim Good and Nicole Porterfield – avid dog owners on a mission to create products that they would proudly feed their own dogs. Kim and Nicole are partnering with District Ventures to expand their line of popular products and increase distribution.
4. Little Tucker – Calgary, AB – www.littletucker.ca
Led by entrepreneur Laura Incognito, Little Tucker is a Calgary-based company that crafts plant-powered energy bites and treats. Little Tucker uses exciting ingredients from around the world to create snacks that are raw and vegan. Laura partnered with DV to help her take over the Canadian snack market and make her treats a staple in refrigerators across the country.
5. Prairie Fava – Glenboro, MB – www.prairiefava.com
Based in Manitoba, Prairie Fava is the next big thing in plant-based protein. Founded by Cale and Hailey Jefferies, Prairie Fava manufactures and sells fava bean ingredients to companies who then process it or make it into a consumer product. With DV, Prairie Fava is looking to boost their customer base and explore creating their own consumer-facing product.
6. Torill’s Table – Calgary, AB – www.torillstable.com
Former Norwegian chef Torill Myre created Torill’s Table as a way for her children to enjoy her favourite breakfast item, the waffle, in a healthy way. Based in Calgary, the company crafts Norwegian-style waffle mixes in two varieties: original and gluten free. Torill is working with District Ventures to get her products on kitchen tables across the country!