Barb joins FreshSpoke from Georgian College where as the Strategic Project Lead, she developed the college's food entrepreneurship strategy.
The first version of FreshSpoke is released for Web, featuring online ordering and producer self-delivery in Ontario Canada.
To align with our new direction and customer value proposition, FreshSpoke gets an overwhelming nod from all our customer segments.
The new founding team zeros in on the problem of market access and hit the ground running tackling the software build of the first iteration of our commercial local food procurement system with a newly minted development team.
A $47K OMAFRA grant is awarded under Growing Forward 2 with the intent to produce an online video series featuring local food makers from across Ontario.
Ei•ei•eat attracts early investment from seasoned investors and business partners Craig Busch and Drew Dekker.
Ei•ei•eat is a staff pick, receives national press and attracts early investment despite falling short of our goal.
Ei•ei•eat’s MVP showcases to over 800 food business delegates at Food Entrepreneurship Showcases held across Ontario.
Ei•ei•eat brings together restaurants, producers and students in one event centred around local food. Students compete by creating an original soup made of locally sourced ingredients with the top 3 served in local area restaurants. The top honours team receives free tuition to Georgian College’s Culinary Program for a semester.
With input from hundreds of producers, chefs and others, the concept of a single source platform that connects local food buyers and sellers everywhere is unveiled under the brand of ei•ei•eat.
"This company ticks all the boxes. I love technology, game changers, social consciousness and the new sharing economy, and cherish the opportunity to be a part of this. I think we are going to change the way we get our food and being a part of this on the ground level is so exciting!"
"Local nutritious food delivered fresh with a minimal carbon foot print while supporting local producers...come on, How could we not get behind this!? It just works in so many ways!"