Passport created the Queens Innovation Tour as a vehicle to connect buyers and food & beverage innovators. Dawn went through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and her brand - Nourish Spot - has taken off. In fact, you may have seen Dawn’s food & beverage station at the U.S. Open.
Enjoy the clip of Dawn’s unplanned mentoring session with John Lawson, Whole Foods Forager.
“Though based in New York, the competition attracts entrepreneurs from across the world. From the US, 25 states were represented, with 38% having female founders and 75% a founder from an underrepresented minority group. Twenty finalists, including Leslie Woodward‘s Edenesque, are now vying for seven cash prizes: a $1 million grand prize, two $500,000 prizes and four $250,000 prizes.”
Leslie is a Caminus Ventures cohort member.
Passport Queens Innovation Tour: Founded in 1930, Aigner Chocolates is one of the oldest chocolate and confectionery shops in NYC
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With over 20 years of Food & Beverage experience, LaRon is the cofounder of Passport Food & Beverages, a retail management and marketing agency that connects forward-looking, entrepreneurial brands with major retailers and regional distributors such as Wakefern, Whole Foods, Stop&Shop and FreshDirect. https://passportfb.com/
In 2020, he cofounded a specialty coffee brand #CoffeeUpliftsPeople (CUP), which is available at all NYC Whole Foods, Village Supermarkets and its flagship CUP Boutique in Brooklyn, New York. CUP’s D.I.R.E. mission is to bring Diversity, Inclusion, Representation & Equity to the coffee industry. https://www.instagram.com/coffeeupliftspeople/?hl=en
LaRon is also a cofounder of Caminus Ventures, the first accelerator program designed to support Black food and beverage innovators. His partners include Aurify Brands, NYC’s largest independent restaurant operator, and the acclaimed Chef Marcus Samuelsson. https://www.caminus.ventures/
LaRon is a passionate video ethnographer and creator of My Small Story- Unscripted NYC conversations with artists, entrepreneurs, small businesses and everyday people. https://mysmallstory.com/