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Keynote – Seth Tibbott

Keynote – Seth Tibbott

Founder & Chairman of Tofurky

Started with $2500.

Now has $40M in estimated sales.

Hear his inspiring rural success story!

Conference Schedule:

Conference Schedule

1:30 PM – Registration

Official programming will start precisely at 2:00 PM, so please show up a few minutes early to check in, grab some beverages, and find a seat!

2:00 PM – Keynote Presentation

Seth Tibbott (Founder/Chairman of Tofurky) will share his inspiring story about starting his food business with $2500 while living in a treehouse!

2:30 PM – Rural Spotlight

Special message from U.S. SENATOR WYDEN + Rural Spotlight: Entrepreneurs speak-out about their challenges & successes.

3:30 PM – Panel Discussion

Legislators and Elected Officials talk about the importance of building Oregon’s rural entrepreneurial economy.

4:00 PM – Rural Advocacy

Engage with legislators about ways to reduce barriers for Oregon startups.

4:30 PM – Rural Expo + Dinner + Book Signing with Seth Tibbott

Enjoy meeting rural entrepreneurs showcasing their products, services, and delicious food and beverages during an impactful 1.5 hours of networking, food, and drinks! Visit with Seth Tibbott (Founder/Chairman of Tofurky) at this table where he’ll be signing/selling his new book: In Search of the Wild Tofurky: How a Business Misfit Pioneered Plant-Based Foods Before They Were Cool.

6:00 PM – PitchFest 2020

The day’s events culminate in the highlight of the night: local entrepreneurs pitching their startups to a panel of judges from Oregon’s largest venture funds! The winning startups walk away with checks, in-kind services, and the confidence to take their startup to the next level!

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