AFI Presents: Raising Capital for Local Sustainable Food Companies, May 29 @ SFC

Are you a local Austin-area for-profit sustainable food company considering raising capital?  Have you built the “triple bottom line” of people, planet, and profits into the DNA of your business, and now see opportunities to expand your impact in each of those areas?

Are you wondering how to raise money, and who to talk to?  Are you concerned that only high-tech companies with super fast growth and plans for exit can raise capital?

This seminar will present an overview of the fundraising process, in understandable language and with real life examples, from both a traditional investment and “impact investment” standpoint.  While traditional investment requires “home-run” strategies, dramatic growth, and all efforts focused on eventually selling the business, in impact investing, “values” investors seek to fund sustainable companies with reasonable growth plans, the desire to reach attainable milestones and be profitable and cash-positive while doing good in the world, and maybe no desire to ever sell or “exit”.


Presenter Kevin Castello is the former Executive Director of the Baylor Angel Network, where he closed over 250 private investment deals and ran several funds.  He is a Venture Fellow and on the Adjunct Faculty at Baylor University.  Kevin now runs Best Fit Capital, at  He will help you understand the fundraising process, the different kinds – and implications – of investor money available, how to align your venture’s funding structure with your personal and company goals, pitching & presenting, NDAs and confidentiality, and the “cost of capital” of the various financial vehicles.

This workshop is brought to you by Austin Foodshed Investors, a new Angel Network in Austin that connects accredited “values” investors with local sustainable food companies seeking capital.  Austin Foodshed Investors’ Co-Founder Curt Nelson will give a brief overview of how AFI works, and will invite qualified companies to apply to be part of the AFI process.

There will be ample time for question and answer.

$99 per person, lunch included.  Please register at

Congratulations to Bola Pizza on their new oven.

Austin Foodshed Investors helps Bola Pizza conquer the state.

Folks all over the state will be seeing more of those white pizza boxes with the big, red “B” on them.  Bola Pizza will be adding 15 HEB stores in Austin, San Antonio and Houston to their current line up of Central Market stores in April.


Husband and wife team, Christian and Jamie Bowers, have been making delicious wood fired pizzas for years now. After getting their start at local farmer’s markets and catering, folks just couldn’t get enough of their amazing pies. So, they decided to start making frozen pizzas and were quickly selling in Royal Blue Grocery, Wheatsville, Thom’s Market, Fresh Plus and through delivery services like Farmhouse and Greenling. Their growth has been steady and impressive with focus on maintaining quality. When HEB came calling they decided it was time to see if they could get the oven on their wish list.

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Hoppy Hour – Monday 2/1

Our monthly Hoppy Hour at Hopfields is coming up this Monday, the 2nd from 5:30-7:00


Come join us for a pint and learn about all the exciting things we’ve been working on over the last year or so. We did not host our monthly get together over the holidays or in January, so we’re excited to get back to Hopfields and enjoy a drink and some great food with friends and colegues. See you there.

National Gathering Videos & Upcoming Events

National GatheringWatch every keynote, every town hall of the 2014 National Gathering – It’s all here

Did you miss this year’s National Gathering in Louisville, KY? Maybe you were there and you were really inspired by one speaker or wish you could remember exactly how Wendell Berry said that amazing one-liner. Well, either way, we’ve got you covered. Go on, let Vandana Shiva give you goosebumps again, let Joel Salatin make you want to strangle Monsanto Execs and cheer for Jim Richardson as he presents. It’s all here.

We have a YouTube Channel here: 2015 National Gathering Videos

Stay Tuned for details about our Spring 2015 Austin event

We are still working on details, but hope to have a date nailed down soon. We have been working on some great things over here and we can’t wait to share them with our supporters, entrepreneurs, investors and the general public. We are hoping to get Woody in to speak with us and we are cultivating a list of great partnerships that we hope to announce over the coming months. Stay tuned.

Volunteers needed for event planning

We have some pretty lofty goals for this spring event, but we are going to need some help getting there. If you would like to help, please just contact us here: and let us know that you would like to help. We will be looking for help of all kinds, so if you have some energy, ideas or time to lend us it will for sure go to helping our local economy and food system. So contact us today.