Gener8tor: July 8th

Watch the Full Startup Mic-Drop Episode

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2020 was certainly a year that called for innovation and new thinking. But due to travel limitations, many companies struggled to connect with the early-stage startup companies that are most likely to bring real innovation to retail. 

In response to the disruption of 2020, GMDC|Retail Tomorrow is launching the Startup Mic-Drop series, a 2021 program that will allow our members and industry participants to easily discover the most innovative startups. 

New Products, New Category Boundaries

Join us to meet five companies that offer products, services, technology, and/or a social-enterprise focus that are blurring traditional product category boundaries. These founders are launching truly unique selfcare products that bring innovation to high-growth categories. From wellness beverages to mood-enhancing treats to technology enabled pet health, Gener8tor and their cohort companies are inspiring retailers and consumers with “what’s next”.

What to Expect

  • A one-hour session
  • Five 5-minute pitches from innovative product startups
  • A panel of five industry executives serving as judges and offering real-time feedback to the founders and innovators will select a winner who will participate in the Startup Showdown at the end of the year
  • The overall champion of the Showdown will be awarded a $10,000 prize
  • All registered viewers of the events will have the opportunity to have further one-on-one discussions with any startup of interest

Meet the Startups

  • wildwonder – Probiotic and prebiotic drinks that merge “ancient” herbal nutrition and modern taste.
  • bogo – Biodegradable toothbrushes made of recycled plastic & plant based bio-plastic.
  • obe – Pet wellness system, complete with smart bowls and app that prioritize your pet’s health.
  • brandefy – Beauty app that recommends low cost, but high performing beauty products to users.
  • Moody’s – Ice cream with adaptogens, herbalist flavors, and functional ingredients that taste delicious and delivers a targeted health or sensory benefit.

Meet Our Judges

Ashwin Nathan

Vice President Marketing, HEB


Kindra Tatarsky

Director, Touchdown Ventures


Neil Stern

Chief Executive Officer, Good Food Holdings


Stephan Henig

Chief Customer Officer, Wakefern Food Corp


Derek Gaskins

Chief Marketing Officer, YESWAY


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