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Cave Tools – Inspiring Confident Grill Masters

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Cave Tools - Grill Master Team

ELEVATOR PITCH

Cave Tools is a family brand dedicated to the art of barbecuing and the family bonds that naturally strengthen during a fine summertime cookout. Through the creation of excellent cooking tools and accessories, the development of barbecue education courses, and cell phone applications designed to facilitate learning, we seek to inspire confident grill masters. We believe that people who are more confident at cooking cook more often and when you cook more often, you end up spending more quality time and forming more in-depth relationships with the people you love.

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OUR STORY

Cave Tools was started in 2013 by Michael “Medium Rare” O’Donnell with the goal of creating superior barbecue and cooking tools backed by the best customer service in the industry. Cave Tools distinguishes itself through customer-first product design, unmatched customer service, lightning fast shipping, and a bulletproof guarantee.

In 2018 Cave Tools expanded by developing Grillmaster University. A first of its kind barbecue education platform where customers can learn directly from worldclass experts at a price that’s affordable for everyone.

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At Cave Tools it’s all about FAMILY, which is why we live and breathe our core values:

FORTITUDE: Cave Tools products are the physical manifestation of this value. They are designed to be strong and durable. As people, we also embody mental fortitude because hard work and perseverance are in our blood. 

ADVENTUROUS: Life is full of adventure if you are willing to step into the unknown. We do things our way, and we are not afraid to go up against convention.

MEAL TIME IS BONDING TIME: Barbecue is all about bringing family and friends together to strengthen our connections. When we all work together as a team, we can achieve truly great things in life.

IMPROVEMENT: Continuous Improvement is woven deep into our moral fabric. We are always looking for new ways to improve our products, the way we do business, and the impact we can make in our communities.

LOYALTY: A strong family unit exhibits loyalty. Sure you may fight or get into arguments, but you can always trust that your family has your back. At Cave Tools, we’re there for each other, and we always support our customers in their time of need.

YOUTHFUL: Think of how happy and fun things were when you were young. You didn’t take life too seriously; instead, you just enjoyed the moment. We celebrate the joyful times in life and vow to always stay young at heart.

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MILESTONES

• May 28, 2013, we sold our first grill brush.
• In 2017 Cave Tools was awarded as the 3rd fastest growing company in Philadelphia.
• In 2018 Cave Tools earned the position of 453 on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing privately held companies in America.

Faraday Inc – Vino Novo the Next Wine Tool in any Wine Drinker’s Arsenal

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Faraday Inc is the brainchild of Clyde Snodgrass, a Tampa native. The company developed and patented a revolutionary piece of tech that immerses a bottle of wine inside an electric field, which causes an electro-chemical reaction, breaking the wine down… which simulates aging.

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This revolutionary new product is called the Vino Novo and will be available towards the end of 2018.

What does that mean for the average consumer?
It means that you can alter the way a bottle of wine tastes, feels in your mouth and smells – all from a sleek countertop device that not only works good but looks good as well. Add to it a companion app that is in the works, it will bring a social element to your wine drinking experience. Add to that customization and gamification of the app, this will encourage individuals to review and recommend certain wines at specific settings. This will make the Vino Novo the next required wine tool in any wine drinker’s arsenal.

The idea for a product like this came about in 2008 when the founder read an article online about using AC Electric fields for food preservation as well as wine maturation. Being a third generation Italian, with some of his family living on, working on or owning grapes used for wine-making, he thought that he could turn it into something wineries would be able to use to cut down on the time needed to bottle some “vino”. This included a large commercial unit that would fit inside a manufacturing facility.

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Version 2.0

There have been continued revisions to the overall look of the design. From the initial paper sketches to the Volt (version 1.0) to the current Vino Novo (version 2.0). You will agree Faraday hit this out of the park aesthetically.

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Version 1.0

Thanks to a big push and support from his wife, Nicole, back in 2014, he decided to work on a prototype. After looking into the market for such a product, it was decided that scaling it down and using it in the consumer electronics world would net a much larger market and allow validation of an idea 10 years in the making.

The product itself is easy to use and doesn’t require any cleaning. It plugs into any 110v/220v residential outlet and at some point will be rechargeable, allowing you to take it with you anywhere you want to enhance your wine.

When asked what he thought about his company and what he saw for the future of Faraday Inc., he said, “Product development is one of the hardest sectors to get into, add alcohol to that and you have a double whammy. Would I do it again? Absolutely! Would I change some things, knowing what I know now? We all would. But what I do know is that we are going to start with the Vino Novo and change the way the world drinks wine. After that, we have additional products in other sections that are already in development that we know will change other industries. The goal is that Faraday ends up being a household name across a myriad of industries.”

Clyde Snodgrass
Phone: 844.FARADAY
facebook: faradayinc
linkedin: clydesnodgrass
www.myvinonovo.com
www.faradayinc.com

Sue Daugherty – Manna Thought Leader

SUE DAUGHERTY, CEO OF MANNA
SUE DAUGHERTY, CEO OF MANNA

“WHEN IT COMES TO PHILADELPHIA’S OUTSTANDING
HEALTHCARE AND UNIVERSITY ECOSYSTEM, ONE
THING IS CLEAR: INNOVATION HAPPENS HERE.”

SUE DAUGHERTY, CEO OF MANNA

But often overlooked is the talent drawn to the region’s well-established and innovative nonprofit sector, which continually adapts to meet the growing needs of a city that sadly tops the charts in rates of chronic disease and poverty. As the CEO of MANNA, a community-based organization delivering medically tailored meals to people battling life-threatening illnesses, I witness the magic that happens when the healthcare sector and the nonprofit sector come together to meet the nutritional needs of our most vulnerable community members.

The population of people we serve face tremendous barriers to accessing the specific diet they need to manage complex diseases, ranging from poor supermarket access to low culinary literacy to inadequate energy levels needed for cooking. Our clients not only need Philadelphia’s highly trained healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat their illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS, but they require specialized nutrition services alongside their medications and treatment plans that enable them to heal. At MANNA, our dedicated volunteers and talented staff prepare more than one million medically tailored meals per year to meet this need, all completely free of charge for our 3,300+ clients.

We use food as medicine to improve health, and our regional healthcare system is catching on; we’ve created one of a kind partnerships with local payers like Health Partners Plans, Aetna Better Health, Keystone First, and United Healthcare to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare
utilization and costs by providing services for their members. These payers understand the value-add of our services, which quantified in healthcare cost savings in a published, peer-reviewed research study. When compared to a matched control group, MANNA clients’ average monthly healthcare costs were $13,000 less, the rate of hospitalization was 50% lower, and clients were 23% more likely to be released from the hospital to their homes, rather than a subacute care facility. Early outcomes from our health insurance partnerships mirror these findings, providing undeniable evidence that nutrition is a critical part of care when treating serious illnesses.

It excites me to see the progress made at the intersection of Philadelphia’s food and healthcare systems – organizations like the Food Trust and the Coalition Against Hunger have done tremendous work educating consumers, healthcare leaders, and policymakers about the connection between food and health. We have a long way to go until the nutritional needs of all individuals are met throughout all phases of health and illness, but there is no better mix of talent across industries than the mix here in Philadelphia, and I am honored to be a part of it.

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420 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215-496-2662
www.mannapa.org

Saxbys – Providing Opportunities for Growth, Success & Change

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AT SAXBYS, WE WANT TO KEEP OUR GUESTS AND OUR COMMUNITIES MOVING, WHETHER THAT BE THROUGH A BOOST OF CAFFEINE ON THE MORNING COMMUTE OR BY BUILDING IMPACTFUL RELATIONSHIPS IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS WE SERVE.

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Look at us from the surface, and you’ll see a coffee company with a penchant for memorable hospitality. We pride ourselves on not just meeting guest expectations but surpassing them. Look beyond that, and you’ll see a company who entwines itself with the communities we serve by providing opportunities – opportunities for growth, opportunities for success and opportunities for change.

That was the impetus behind our pioneering Experiential Learning Program (ELP), which we launched in partnership with Drexel University in 2015. This innovative program empowers students to take full responsibility for leading an on-campus Saxbys cafe. We hire what we call Student Cafe Executive Officers (Student CEOs), who manage 35 – 55 of their peers, their vendor network, marketing plans and the Profit and Loss statement of the business. In exchange, they receive a full semester of academic credit and financial compensation. But more than that, they receive an incredible experience taking what they learn in the classroom and applying it to a real – and demanding – business.

Since opening our first ELP cafe on Drexel University’s campus, more than two dozen Student CEOs have gone through the program. It’s been such a success that we’ve since opened ELP cafes with many more leading institutions such as Temple, Penn State, La Salle, St. Joseph’s and Millersville Universities. We’ve also opened a second at Drexel.

Each cafe is exclusively student-run and opens the door for young entrepreneurs to take the lead on owning their own projects in their communities. We understand the power of opportunity and accessibility. These students are learning real-life leadership and management skills that put to the test the lessons learned in the classroom.

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Photos by Jason Varney and Sabina Shoots

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But first, they need to get into the classroom, which isn’t always an option for some young minds.

That’s why we also started building fellowship programs across Philadelphia and beyond. It started here with the Community College of Philadelphia. Our CEO, Nick Bayer, is on the College’s Foundation board and has since started the Saxbys Fellowship, which is a scholarship program designed to help students achieve their academic goals. 

We also started similar programs at Temple University and the University of New Hampshire, where we also operate cafes. It’s another way for us to bridge our function to the community with our dedication to the education space.

These efforts stem from our company’s indelible culture. Our mission – displayed proudly across our Center City HQ walls and throughout our cafes – is to “Make Life Better.” We seek opportunity-creation and innovation, expression and creativity. Our team is made up of darers, doers, and damn good people. You may know us for our coffee and hospitality, but we are pushing for so much more. Because not only do we want to keep our communities moving, we want to keep them growing as well.

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Saxbys
2300 Chestnut St., Suite 310
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Instagam: @saxbys
Twitter: @saxbys
www.saxbyscoffee.com

EATMOBILE – THE FOOD TRUCK CONNECTION

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EATMOBILE - THE FOOD TRUCK CONNECTION

CHANCES ARE, YOU’VE EATEN AT A FOOD TRUCK, OR AT LEAST CROSSED PATHS WITH ONE.

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In 2008, we saw the beginning of a boom which led to “The Food Truck Craze”. Popularity, acceptance, and numbers all grew explosively. However, organization, structure, direction, and technology did not.

Currently, food truckers are mainly on their own. They take the entrepreneurial plunge, and cross their fingers. There is no true partner or resource to genuinely help them effectively sell, market, and run their businesses through connecting technologies, content creation, and operational software. Until now.

EatMobile is the Food Truck Connection. As an advocate for the industry we collaborate with food trucks directly to determine the best plans of action to help lead to greater success for all. Everything we do, say, and develop goes through them resulting in our efforts being a relayed message from the industry itself, and the birth of a movement. 

Together, what we’ve found is an overall need to reduce risk for food truck owners. One of the main challenges is a lack of information and data for the food truckers to leverage to make business decisions. The trucks are provided little to none, and even inaccurate information making almost every decision they make a gamble (events, parking spots, and menu items for example). We have found a way to solve this problem coining a tagline: “Driven by Data, Fueled by People”. 

We are building a Food Truck Platform. While understanding that each truck is its own unique and independent business, we leverage data and analytics to best match them with qualified catering and event opportunities that make the most sense for their specific needs. All powered through a custom booking platform. 

Additionally, we create and market quality content to share their stories and passions with the public through a custom food truck profile where we also provide connecting technologies like geo-location, real-time menus, and much more.

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From left to right: Matt Land; CEO – EatMobile, Megan Carlson; Community Engagement Manager – Feeding Tampa Bay, Thomas Mantz; Executive Director – Feeding Tampa Bay, Lori Townsend; COO – EatMobile, Jacob Lishen; CRO – EatMobile

Eat Local | Think Global
“Connecting communities with local business is how EatMobile strives to change the world.” – Jacob Lishen | CRO

Family, Friends, and Good People
EatMobile believes in the strength of family and friendship, and the values that come from spending time together.

Local Business
By helping small businesses be more profitable, EatMobile helps economic growth and gives more people the opportunity to support their families and achieve the American dream.

Local Spending
As food trucks see more business and the industry grows, the local economy benefits, and more money is circulated into the community. Stronger Communities More profitable local businesses and steady jobs means stronger, more stable communities.

About Us
From humble beginnings to the Fortune 500, we bring a unique set of life and work experiences to the food truck industry. Between global enterprise-level software development paired with creative marketing, and a tenacious work ethic, we stand ready to disrupt and bring new positive change to an incredible industry. A company driven by passion, innovation, and good wholesome people: We are EatMobile.

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Eat Fresco – challenging yesterday’s model of mass produced packaged foods

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“Eat Fresco is challenging yesterday’s model of mass produced packaged foods, made with questionable ingredients, shipped frozen around the country.”

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Leading the market, Eat Fresco has developed a fresh and local approach that re-imagines packaged foods and elevates the standard for fresh prepared foods.

Fresco Foods, Inc. was founded in Tampa in 2015 by Rob and Tracy Povolny. Personally, they were looking for great tasting food they could feel good about eating, without sacrificing time, flavor or nutrition. Frustrated with the available options, they created Eat Fresco.

Taking the leap of faith into the entrepreneurial world from corporate life was surprisingly, not a difficult decision. Both Rob and Tracy felt passionate about the venture and confident in the opportunity. 

Rob spent many years working in the consumer packaged goods industry. He saw firsthand the disconnect between big food manufacturers and what people were seeking. “There’s such a void in the market for convenient packaged foods that aren’t mass produced and shipped frozen around the country. We’re taking a local or regional approach, rather than building a factory in the middle of the country. We are creating a fresh solution free from preservatives or anything artificial.” Eat Fresco caters to regional and seasonal tastes- something the big manufacturers find operationally challenging. 

Tracy had a long-time interest in nutrition and healthy living. From a young age, her family instilled in her the importance of eating right and staying active. “It’s rewarding to see our vision taking shape and gratifying to be part of our mission.” Their vision is to change the way packaged food products are made and distributed, making lives easier by offering fresh, deliciously local, real food.

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Eat Fresco’s mission is to create fresh, delicious food, made locally. We strive to make life easier with real food you can feel good about eating!

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Recipes focus on robust flavors, quality ingredients, all natural proteins, and organic vegetables. The result is a delicious, yet healthy entree, high in protein with significantly less sodium than other packaged foods, on average 400 calories.

Innovative packaging locks in freshness without the need for freezing or preservatives. The clear, see through film offers transparency, showcasing real food. Meals are ready to eat in less than 2 minutes with microwave cooking.

The line currently includes eight entrees, such as Balsamic Glazed Salmon with orzo and Roasted Chicken in Sriracha Barbecue Sauce with green beans and macaroni and cheese. Ultimately, other products will be added to the Eat Fresco brand, such as breakfast bowls and entrees geared towards kids.

Since the launch into their first store in February 2015, Eat Fresco is now sold in over thirty retailers across the Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Orlando areas. The brand continues gaining momentum throughout Florida in specialty food and mainstream grocery stores among other retail channels.

In February 2017, Fresco Foods opened their own state of the art commercial kitchen in East Tampa, designed with production capacity to service approximately 1,000 retailers throughout Florida. Future plans include expansion into other regions by establishing additional commercial kitchens to scale the business.

Fresco Foods has assembled a strategic team and the essential resources to build a large-scale, industry altering business. They aspire to positively impact our community by providing employment opportunities and contributing to local charities such as Feeding America Tampa Bay and Daystar Life Center.

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@eatfrescofoods
www.eatfrescofoods.com