The Mobile Food Challenge is a national business pitch competition providing financial investment and mentorship to mobile food startups. The "Five to Fifty" Mobile Food Challenge is a virtual event culminating in an online summit where three finalists will make their pitch to a panel of angel investors on April 7th, 2021 for anywhere from $5,000 - $50,000 in investment, plus on-going training and mentorship.
Here are the finalists for the Mobile Food Challenge 2021. Sign up here if you would like to watch the finals or stay up-to-date with this challenge.
At Scroggins Smokehouse BBQ, we wake up early before the sunrise and do what we love to do everyday based on Longbeach, California. Our life is BBQ and “slow & low” Texas style is our method. We cook real pit barbecue, slow smoked with our own rub and sauce until the meat is grilled to perfection. With our choice of wood, we flavor into everything we do.
Selah Bakery is a plant-based bakery located in Los Angeles, California. Started in 2019 by conscious chef and baker Rochelle Tyler, Selah aims to provide the best vegan baked goods to the community. We specialize in cookies and custom cakes, all made from organic and sustainably sourced ingredients.
Dre's Water Ice and Ice Cream is located in Philadelphia and Atlanta. Dre's is a dessert company that manufactures nostalgic Southern Style Ice Cream (Banana Pudding, Sweet Potato Pie, Peach Cobbler, and Apple Pie) and real fruit Philly water ice for our ice cream truck and wholesale customers. Investing in Dre’s will help us gain market share in Philadelphia and Atlanta while servicing residents our authentic unconventional flavors.
Once Upon A Potato is a potato themed food truck located in Baltimore County, Maryland specializing in customizable potato bowls. We also aim to feed the homeless community through support from customers, local churches and organizations.
Bubbe’s Blintzes brings handmade cheese blintzes to the masses. Everyone knows what a crepe is but not everyone knows what a blintz is. We are changing that with our superior recipe handed down to me from my Bubbe as she taught me how to produce them almost 50 years ago.
On The Go LA (based out of Los Angeles) is a service founded by Gabriel Gamez and Enrique Loyola that helps local food entrepreneurs easily & affordably formalize their business and grow their customer base by offering full-service, short-term food truck rentals.
The Shell Shack based in Washington DC serves seafood with a Caribbean twist. We take pleasure in serving items like salmon and stuffing it with curried jumbo lump crab meat or even adding a mango and pineapple salsa to our shrimp lollipops.
No cost to apply or participate. U.S. residents eligible to apply. New or existing businesses may apply.
This virtual event is the opportunity for innovative mobile food entrepreneurs to pitch their business idea and get funding. Applicants are required to create a pitch deck that explains the vision for their business to submit as an application.
Three finalists with the top submissions will be selected to present their deck live to a panel of angel investors at the virtual Mobile Food Challenge event held on April 7th, 2021. At least one finalist in the "Five to Fifty" Mobile Food Challenge will be offered a $5,000 minimum investment, mentorship, and on-going support to help grow and scale their business.
Dates subject to change.
At Huntington Hill Ventures we are drawn to investments that are in and for the community. We are convinced there is massive opportunity for promising businesses in this space currently and in the turnover that will ensue. We have passion for food, entrepreneurship, serving the community, and for giving back. We are excited to participate.
— Sharon Richardson Howell, founder of Huntington Hill Ventures
Managing Partner | Huntington Hill Ventures
Dr Sharon R. Howell directs her 20-year, multi-industry career and life experiences across 6 countries and 4 continents — at growth, transformation, monetization, and exits. A prolific investor, mentor, and advisor, she has also held executive roles in tech (mobile, gaming), healthcare, and hospitality. Her career in hospitality includes restaurant ownership, management, innovation, and service.
Founder | Food Truck Empire
FoodTruckEmpire.com and Mobile-Cusine.com help more than 3 million readers each year understanding how to open and grow a profitable mobile food business. Contact Brett Lindenberg at [email protected] or 218-230-5348 for more information about this event or to schedule an interview.
Jennifer Matli is a seasoned business advisor, mentor, and entrepreneur with two decades of experience helping both ventures and established companies thrive through a focus on value-driven strategies and robust business fundamentals. She grows ventures in healthcare, technology, and the food and beverage industry in collaboration with accelerator and incubator programs in the Pacific Northwest. Jennifer holds a Master's in Health Science (MHS) from Johns Hopkins University, a BS from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.
CEO | Bridgewell Agribusiness
Paul McCauley is CEO and Owner of Bridgewell Agribusiness LLC (BWAB), a commodity-based sales and trading company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. BWAB sources food and agricultural products for industrial and retail food companies, collaborating with customers to solve complex supply chain and logistics problems. In addition, BWAB operates oil and dry good blending and packaging operations, providing a range of solutions from bulk blended ingredients to CPG retail packaged goods. BWAB also owns L2M, an incubator for food startups, providing a range of support and services to food entrepreneurs.
Partner | Oregon Angel Food Fund
Heidi Bell is an angel investor and marketer who is drawn to seed stage investing. A limited partner at Oregon Angel Food Fund since its inception, Heidi has a gift for the food and beverage category, as well as identifying unique entrepreneurs and opportunities in the space. She is passionate about the nuances and intricacies of getting a business off the ground, and a Consumer prototype she is currently creating. Heidi holds a BA in Economics from Scripps and her MBA is from Boston College.
Partner | Stoel Rives
Mary Hull is a corporate and securities partner at Stoel Rives LLP and is chair of the firm’s Technology Ventures Group. Mary represents technology and consumer companies from formation through private financings and mergers and acquisitions. She also represents investors in venture capital financings
Angel investments like this are usually reserved for tech companies and not small food businesses that represent the backbone of American entrepreneurship. I’m thrilled we can help bring this opportunity to a group of deserving food entrepreneurs.
— Brett Lindenberg, founder of Food Truck Empire