Startup Showdown: December 9th


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. 

The Mic-Drop Showdown

Join us on December 9th, when we’ll host the five winners of our Startup Mic-Drop episodes in a Final Showdown for a $10,000 grand prize.  You’ll meet the founders and disruptors creating the next generation of innovative, better-for-you products and retail technology solutions.  Our industry judges will challenge the founders to demonstrate why their idea is worthy of being named the Mic-Drop Showdown Champion!

What to Expect

  • One-hour Session.
  • Companies/founders divided into two sections.
    • The “Product” team, coached by Brian Gordon.
    • The “Tech” team, coached by Sterling Hawkins.
  • Three-minute pitches from each of the founders, followed by a rigorous unscripted Q&A from the judging panel.  Anything can happen!
  • $10,000 Grand Prize.
  • All registered viewers will have the opportunity to engage in further one-on-one conversations with the presenting founders.

Meet the Finalists

  • Tortoise – Electric delivery cart for a cost-effective way to deliver groceries, parcels, and goods the last mile.
  • Nouri – probiotic and immunity-enhancing dietary supplements.
  • Moody’s – Ice cream with adaptogens, herbalist flavors, and functional ingredients that taste delicious and delivers a targeted health or sensory benefit.
  • Lightbox provides customers with a one tap, on-screen experience to browse and purchase online-only inventory while shopping in- store.
  • LAMIK Beauty is a tech-enabled clean color cosmetics company focusing on women of all diverse backgrounds.

Meet Our Judges

Ola Lessard

Chief Marketing Officer, HempFusion


Kindra Tatarsky

Director, Touchdown Ventures


Neil Stern

Chief Executive Officer, Good Food Holdings


Derek Gaskins

Chief Marketing Officer, YESWAY


Stephan Henig

Chief Customer Officer, Wakefern Food Corp


Naomi Sleeper

Executive Vice President, Imperial Distributors


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