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Futureminded Masterclasses 2021: The Line-Up

Updated: Mar 12

Taking place on 18 March 2021, the Futureminded Talks Programme has been designed to allow you to learn from the best thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and trend forecasters in the food and wellness industries.


09.00 - 10.00: Welcome + The Post-Pandemic Foodie

Gain a data-driven overview of the behavioural changes of UK consumers during the pandemic and hear insight-led predictions about their future eating habits.

  • Ludovic Rossignol-Isanovic - Founder and CEO, Balance Inc


10.15 - 11.15: The New Digital Consumer

Join a panel of experts as they discuss how covid-19 has changed the way consumers interact with the world through digital channels – and what this means for businesses.


  • Adam Biddle - Founder and CEO, Gh05t

  • Ibrahim Ibrahim - Managing Director, Portland Design

  • James Wigley - Chief Commercial Officer, Jungle Creations

  • Dan Harvey - Marketing & Home Manager, UK & Ireland, La Marzocco


11.30 - 13.00: UK Pitch Product Competition 2021: The Final

Celebrate and recognise the game changers and rule breakers shaping the future of the UK food, health and wellness industries in this Dragon's Den style pitch contest. With judges...

  • Damian Soong - Co-founder and CEO, Form Nutrition

  • Adrian Boswell - Food Buyer, Selfridges

  • Jeffrey Young - Founder and CEO, Allegra Group

  • Ben O'Brien - Founder and CEO, Sourced Market

  • Jamie Barber - Founder and CEO of Hush Mayfair, Hache and Cabana restaurants

  • Tim Arthur - Editorial Director, Balance Magazine


13.15 - 14.15: How To Secure Investment


A panel of experts from across the food and wellness sphere on the how to catch the eye of an investor, the secrets to a successful pitch and the avoid obvious pitfalls to avoid.

  • Hosted by Jeffrey Young - Founder and CEO of the Allegra Group

  • Rory Gibbs - Investment Director, Piper Invesments

  • Jordan Stephanou - Senior Fundraising Partner, Crowdcube

  • David Houghton - Senior Associate, Seedr


14.30 - 15.15: The Rise Of The Preventative Foodie

Scientifically backed food wellness businesses are set to thrive post-pandemic – but what’s the recipe for success when it comes to getting a new business off the ground?

  • Thomas Hal Robson Kanu - Founder and CEO, The Turmeric Co.

  • Dale Pinnock - Author and TV Chef

  • Damian Soong - Co-founder and CEO, Form Nutrition

  • Dr Adam Collins - Director of MSc and BSc Nutrition at the University of Surrey

  • Adam Feldheim - Founder & CEO, MEDA Wellness


15.30 - 16.15: Be Good, Do Good: The Power Of Brand Values


Businesses are living organisms that have the power to positively impact the world; in this discussion, you'll discover why what yours stands for matters than ever before.

  • Ludovic Rossignol-Isanovic - Founder and CEO, Balance Inc, with special guests

  • James Ghaffari - Director of Growth & Product, B Corporation


Ready to start learning? Contact yan@balance-festival.com to secure your spot in one (or all) of our Futureminded Talks sessions.

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