Austin Foodshed Investors
March 2015 Newsletter
About AFI
Austin Foodshed Investors is a new impact investing Angel Network focused on local sustainable food businesses in the greater Austin Texas area.

We're inspired by the  Slow Food
and  Slow Money
m ovements.

We're invigorated by the vibrant Austin food scene.

We're dedicated to building a more robust regional food system by connecting local investors to local for-profit entrepreneurs creating "good", "clean", and "fair" food products and services. 

For entrepreneurs, we provide access to accredited investors and the tools to get deals done.

For investors, we provide access to a new asset class and the opportunity to align their values with their investing activities.
Wanna Hang Out?

Slow Money Austin hosts a "Hoppy Hour" the first Monday of every month.  Tonight's (3/2/15) is at Hopfields, 3110 Guadalupe St., Austin, at 5:30. 

Meet other enthusiasts, ask and answer questions, we'd love to meet you!
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Blogalicious

Want a quick way to come up to speed on the latest news and research on Impact Investing, Angel Investing, Crowdfunding, Austin Food Entrepreneurs, "Localism", Slow Money, or Sustainable Food?

Check out AFI's Blog.

Here's a recent example:  Morgan Stanley reports that 71% of active individual investors are interested in sustainable investing, and 72% believe sustainable firms will achieve higher profitability and value.   Read on...

 


We are still on track to publicly launch Austin Foodshed Investors in the next month or so, but have lots of updates to share...  

AFI Closes First Deal !
Bola Pizza Gets New Oven

Jamie & Christian Bowers have been making delicious, organic, and mostly-locally-sourced wood-fired pizza for years, at first fresh at catered events and farmers' markets, and now quick-frozen and available at your grocer.

AFI facilitated a loan, from three individual Austin investors, to purchase an Italian oven which will greatly help efficiency and profitability as Bola grows their distribution network.

Oh, and p.s.:  these are very likely the best frozen pizzas ever...

 
Logro Farms to Grow a Ton of Mushrooms
Seriously, that's the plan:  2,000 lbs per Month

We're well on our way to closing deal #2, which will be a "royalty-based financing" arrangement where the company, Logro Farms, will repay invested funds based on a percentage of sales revenue.

Logro believes they can ramp production up 10x from current levels with a relatively modest raise.

In the next several weeks we'll will host AFI Registered Investors with  pizza and beers at Jester King and Stanley's, followed by a Logro mushroom production tour.

Logro Farms - Ryan Sansbury Interview
Logro Farms - Ryan Sansbury Interview

 

Investor Base Growing - Register Today
No Fee, No Obligation

We are humbled and gratified by the response to our efforts so far.  Are you an accredited investor looking for a way to support local sustainable food and earn market returns?  Do you know someone who is?  Please visit our F.A.Q. to learn more, or, better yet, Register today to get access to deal flow!
 
Help for Local Food Businesses
AFI One of Many Possibilities for Funding

AFI is essentially a matchmaker between firms raising capital and private investors.  But what if the needs of the firm could be better met some other way?

In addition to building the AFI infrastructure, we've also been creating an "eco-system" of food finance and business
support organizations here in Austin.

Our sister organization Slow Money Austin just announced  a partnership with Kiva Zip, who 
provides zero-interest small dollar loans for social good companies.

One of our early deals was with such a strong business (what we call "bankable") that we referred them to a local bank, who is in the process of drawing up a low-interest loan.

We worked with another on their business plan, which helped them get a term sheet from a non-AFI private investor for the full amount of their raise!

We're happy for both.  Our intent is that great people get their cool businesses funded.  So if you are, or know, a cool local sustainable food business, talk to us... maybe we can help!
Thanks again for your interest and support!  And please forward this to friends and colleagues!
 
Sincerely,
 

Curt Nelson & Jarred Maxwell
Austin Foodshed Investors