Founders Luncheon

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Founder’s Luncheon: Exceptional Connections, World-Class Knowledge Sharing.

A unique ‘Chatham House Rule’ style luncheon experience to connect with other packaged food and drink brand owners; from those early on in their growth journey to seasoned food innovators and industry trailblazers with million-dollar brands. Exchange insights, and rub shoulders with your people, the people who ‘get you’ – all while cultivating powerful connections in an intimate setting.

Join us, a limited number of Foodpreneurs, and invited industry pioneers* like Veronica Fil (Grounded Foods), Scott Mendelsohn (Natural Raw C), Sally Breden (The V’Good Company), Cass Spies (Twisted Healthy Treats), Tim O’Sullivan and Liam Gostencnik (Bae Juice), Andrew Gordon (Naked Rivals), Kathryn Bricken (Doughlicious-The London Dough Co) and more, in a close-knit environment where ideas flow freely, and innovation takes center stage. Our Chatham House Rule-inspired luncheon taking place at Sydney’s conveniently-located Swissôtel ensures a space where conversations are as unrestricted as your entrepreneurial spirit.

  • Connect with the Who’s Who of the Emerging F&B World:

Forge valuable connections with founders who are industry trailblazers and those in the early stages of their journey. Gain insights from food and drink entrepreneurs who are not normally ‘accessible’. Engage in conversations that transcend the surface, laying the groundwork for future collaborations and partnerships. The old saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ has never been truer. And it’s a safe space.

  •  Share Insights and Gain Knowledge:

This isn’t just a luncheon; it’s a forum for sharing insights and gaining knowledge. Founders, this is your platform to showcase your wisdom, learn from your peers, and contribute to the collective brilliance in the room.

  • Build Meaningful Relationships:

In the heart of this gathering, build meaningful relationships that last a lifetime. Our Founder’s Luncheon is designed to facilitate meaningful networking, ensuring that the bonds formed here extend far beyond the event itself. Find support and inspiration from others who know how you feel, and are in the trenches with you; the ‘loneliness’ of being a food or drink founder is a thing of the past.

Ready to elevate your entrepreneurial journey in an atmosphere of collaboration and inspiration?

Go get your ticket now! It’s time for you to rub shoulders with your people, the people who ‘get you’.

What are Chatham House Rules?

Chatham House Rules are like a vault of shared knowledge, encouraging everyone to speak freely without the fear of being quoted or identified. It’s the secret handshake of intellectual freedom – a space where ideas can dance without worrying about stepping on anyone’s toes outside – with the aim of bringing people together, breaking down barriers, generating ideas and finding solutions.


May 16, 2024 


  • 12:00-12:30pm : Registration & Networking
  • 12:30-2:30pm : Lunch & Presentations


Swissôtel Sydney


What's Included

  • Pre-lunch drinks. 
  • Two course lunch and beverages.
  • Exclusive offers from our sponsors.
  • A chance to win a major prize.
Have questions about the Founder’s Luncheon? Our big list of FAQs will help you out with anything you’re unsure about.

Please note, this event is only for emerging packaged food and drink business owners, not other business owners in the industry. If you are an industry specialist and would like to sponsor the Luncheon, please reach out.

Founder’s Luncheon is brought to you by Chelsea Ford.


*Subject to change without notice.