Event Details

Raising Capital in 2023 (Part 1): Conventional Channels for Equity and Debt Financing

Wednesday, September 13, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. PT

Raising capital for emerging food & beverage brands and early-stage personal care companies is more challenging this year than it has ever been. Learn how investors and commercial lenders are assessing how and when to deploy capital in this business environment.

This is the first of a two-part series. Join us for the second session on Wednesday, October 4th to hear about alternative channels.


  • Indre Altman (Associate Special Opportunities at s2gventures.com)

    Indre Altman

    Associate Special Opportunities at s2gventures.com


    Indre Altman is an Associate on S2G Ventures' Special Opportunities strategy, where she helps companies scale with creative financing solutions. Previously, Indre worked at Lazard as an Investment Banking Analyst in Houston. Before that, Indre worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied the geology of submarine channels using Python and mapping software. Born and raised in Texas, Indre enjoys kayaking in Austin on weekends, cooking, playing board games, and learning about different cultures across the globe.

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  • Don Buder (Partner, Food & Beverage Practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP)

    Don Buder

    Partner, Food & Beverage Practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


    Don is a strategic legal advisor and corporate counsel to emerging growth and middle-market Food & Beverage, Food Tech, and Ag Tech innovators and investors. His clients are based in the major U.S. food hubs, including the Bay Area, Boulder, Brooklyn, Austin and Los Angeles. His law firm, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (DWT), has one of the largest food & beverage practices in the United States, with over 40 attorneys serving food venture entrepreneurs, emerging brands, larger food companies, and the private equity firms that invest in them, at every level of the food chain from "Farm to Label". Don is a Founding Faculty Member and member of the Advisory Board of the Food Business School at the Culinary Institute of America (Napa Valley). He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the board of Directors of KCETLink TV, the public television station in LA, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Technion Society - San Francisco Chapter.

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  • Noel McArdell (Market Manager at Bank of America)

    Noel McArdell

    Market Manager at Bank of America


    Noel McArdell is a Senior Vice President and Market Manager for the Bay Area Business Banking team at Bank of America. In this capacity, Noel leads a team of financial specialists focused on delivering strategic advice with an emphasis on understanding a client’s industry and unique needs to ensure delivery of integrated financial solutions to help them attain their goals no matter how simple or complex. Noel’s mission is to help companies and local communities thrive by making financial lives better.

    Bringing over 20 years of banking experience, Noel joined Bank of America in 2007. Prior to her role as a Market Manager, she worked as a Middle Market Client Manager with the Greater Bay Area. Throughout her banking career, Noel has served many mid-sized companies throughout the Bay Area to support their commercial banking needs.

    Originally from Marin County, Noel graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from University of Berkeley. In addition to her degree from Berkeley, Noel also attended the University of California, Paris, where she conducted a n economic comparative study of France and the European Union while studying French. She now resides in the Marin area with her family.

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  • Robyn Rutledge (CEO & Founder of SBG Growth)

    Robyn Rutledge

    CEO & Founder of SBG Growth


    Robyn Rutledge’s nearly two decade-long career in finance and investing has been concentrated in the consumer industry, with focus on food, beverage, and wellness-oriented companies. Robyn is the Founder & CEO of SBG Growth, a consumer-focused investment and advisory business. Through SBG, Robyn invests directly in consumer-facing businesses, often serving on the Board of Directors and as a regular advisor to the leadership team. Robyn also currently advises investment firms, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders on the consumer market landscape. Under the SBG umbrella, Robyn has also been serving a leadership role in CALM, an innovative startup backed by the University of California, which seeks to marry best-in-class consumer engagement, healthcare and technology. Prior to launching SBG, Robyn spent close to a decade with TSG Consumer Partners, a leading investment firm, where she was a Managing Director and Partner and subsequently an Operating Partner. Prior to TSG, Robyn was a member of the investment team at Thoma Cressey (now Thoma Bravo), and prior to that, worked in M&A at Goldman Sachs in New York. Robyn was born and raised in Canada and received a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honors from Queen’s University in Kingston. She subsequently earned an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Robyn is a passionate believer in life-long learning and is pleased to have been part of the The Food Business School’s formation team at the Culinary Institute of America.

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