Naturally Network preps for 2024 National Pitch Slam with regional competitions

The Non-GMO Project doubled Equitable Transfer Program funding, Naturally Network’s national Pitch Slam draws near, and Organic Trade Association was awarded 2.5 million dollars.

Karin VanSlyke, Strategic partnerships manager

July 1, 2024

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At a Glance

  • The 2024 National Pitch Slam event is scheduled for August 8 at 6pm CT.
  • The application period for Non-GMO Project’s latest round of Equitable Transfer Program funding runs throughout July.
  • OTA has received award funding to boost U.S. organic exports to Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and more.

Naturally Network chapters have been busy hosting their annual Pitch Slam competitions and gearing up for the 2024 National Pitch Slam. Winners of the regional events are eligible for three awards, including “most retail-ready brand” and “brand with high impact.” An audience choice award will be announced during the show. The event is scheduled for August 8 at 6pm CT. Some chapters are hosting in-person events that will start 30 minutes prior to the Pitch Slam. The virtual event will blend pre-recorded content with real-time reactions, interviews and Q&As to create an engaging and dynamic experience. To learn more about in-person and online events, visit the Naturally Network website.   

The application period for Non-GMO Project’s latest round of funding for their Equitable Transfer Program begins July 1. This program provides Black, Indigenous, multi-racial, and people of color (BIMPOC)-led brands the opportunity to apply for financial support to cover or offset the costs associated with Non-GMO Project verification. This round will give away $10,000, which doubles the amount in previous rounds. BIMPOC-led brands interested in applying for the Equitable Transfer Program can visit the Non-GMO Project’s website for more information and to access the application materials. The application period will remain open throughout July 2024, and the Non-GMO Project encourages all eligible brands to take advantage of this unique opportunity to receive financial support and join the growing community of Non-GMO Project verified products.  

The Organic Trade Association has been awarded $2.5 million to open and develop untapped export markets for U.S. organic products through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP). The award will help fund market development activities from June 1, 2024, to September 30, 2029. Activities will focus on boosting U.S. organic exports to Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. These areas are beyond the United States’ traditional top customers of Canada, Mexico, the European Union and China.  

“Given the rising demand for organic products globally, and especially in Latin America and Southeast Asia, this additional funding offers a significant opportunity for U.S. organic exporters to explore and enter developing markets, driving growth for American organic farmers and industry while contributing to healthier, more sustainable food systems in the region,” Tom Chapman, co-CEO for the trade association, said.  

About the Author(s)

Karin VanSlyke

Strategic partnerships manager, SupplySide at Informa Markets

Karin VanSlyke is the strategic partnerships manager for SupplySide at Informa Markets. She works to manage and add value to existing partnerships, develop new partnership opportunities, and strengthen industry connections. Karin lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and two spoiled rescue dogs. Karin is a proud first-generation college graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Her passions include connecting people, cooking (and eating) all sorts of cuisines, road trips and bird watching.

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