Slow Money Northern California: Entrepreneur Showcase

April 4, 2011


By Melinda Cheel

Call for Submissions! Deadline is this Friday, April 8th

What if we invested 50% of our money within 50 miles of home?

At RSF Social Finance we know that people develop a sense of shared responsibility when spending time face-to-face in an effort to care for each other and the places where they live. We view the power of place as essential to a thriving economy. In support of our belief in the power of local economies, we are proud to sponsor Slow Money Northern California’s Entrepreneur Showcase, scheduled for Sunday, June 12 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Slow Money grows investments in local food systems. It is a relatively new non-profit organization dedicated to building local and national networks and catalyzing investment in small-scale food and farming enterprises and local food systems, connecting investors to their local economies, and building the nurture capital industry.

Slow Money Northern California seeks ten food or farming entrepreneurs to present business plans to a wide range of attendees including potential funders and investors, sustainable food and farming organizations, and business development organizations. The Showcase will spark a range of investment conversations, helping to develop funding channels for local and sustainable food enterprises.

Who should apply? Food and farming businesses seeking varied amounts of funding from start-ups to expansions: farms, processors, distributors, marketers, retailers, caterers, composters and support resources.

Apply online here:

Location and full event schedule will be announced soon.

Presenting participants will be considered to present at the National Gathering of Slow Money in October 2011 in San Francisco.


Slow Money will be hosting another regional showcase in New York on May 16th. Slow Money NYC will be accepting submissions for entrepreneurs in the NY foodshed until April 15th, 2011. Click here to learn more.

Melinda Cheel is Events Coordinator at RSF Social Finance.


  1. Hi Friends,
    Just wondering if we have to be located within 50 miles of SF to be eligible to apply for the Slow Money investors’ presentation opportunity, or if it is sufficient to be located in northern California.
    Thanks for letting me know.
    willi lucero

    Comment by willi lucero — April 8, 2011 @ 12:18 am

  2. Hi Willi,

    You do not need to be located withing 50 miles of San Francisco. All northern Californians are welcome to apply!

    Comment by Jillian McCoy — April 8, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

  3. Hello,
    What about including community-based fisheries? There are emerging new cooperatives that are seeking to helping fishing communities survive the changing management situation. Seafood after all is part of the foodscape! One example is the new San Francisco Community Fisheries Association.

    Comment by Ed Backus — April 27, 2011 @ 11:05 am

  4. I want to save small farms for farming!!!
    I found a 10 ac property near Watsonville I would like do small scale diversified organic farming on for local mkts. I need to find a farm investor angel to JV with to make it an incubator for new farmer types.
    Could I qualify to apply? Thx,Bill

    Comment by Bill — February 11, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

  5. Hi Bill,

    I would recommend reaching out to Slow Money NorCal directly. This showcase opportunity has passed but I know they are always interested connecting with local entrepreneurs. Good luck!

    Comment by Jillian McCoy — March 8, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

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