2015 has been a good year for T-Sticks since launching in June. We were lucky enough to take part in two major competitions in the food and drinks industry, namely Drinkpreneur 2015 and Foodpreneur 2015. Everyone knows that London’s food and beverage scene is flourishing, so to be able to stand with other startups that are blazing a trail for new businesses in this industry was a real privilege. Not only were we able to present our product and share our own lessons learnt, but we could hear how other new and exciting startups were spicing up the foodie scene with innovative products, and also hear expert advice from industry giants.
Drinkpreneur 2015 was an eye-opener to all the startups finding their place in the beverage market, each with its own unique concept. Our CEO and Co-Founder, Ricky Kothari, had this to say about the event that took place back in October:
“It was a successful day, well planned with real insights from industry experts and buyers. We took lots away, including how to strategically move forward to innovate our brand, packaging and interesting quality flavours”
Not only did we walk away with invaluable advice tailored to our brand, but with the second place prize! We are ecstatic to have won this prestigious award, voted by key-players in the food and drinks sector. You can check out the interview Ricky did for Drinkpreneur’s website and newsletter here.
Foodpreneur 2015 is Virgin’s annual startup event that gathers the country’s best food and drink entrepreneurs in one room. Presenting at such an event is no mean feat with a panel including magnates like Sir Richard Branson and entrepreneur Paul Lindley from Ella’s Kitchen. The project is supported by government campaign Exporting is GREAT, which aims to inspire 100,000 new businesses to export by 2020. We felt privileged to take part in the event and become one of Foodpreneur’s finalists, with virgin telling us
“Congratulations for making it onto the shortlist for the final, competition was fierce – so give yourself a great big pat on the back.”
This is not the first time T-Sticks have had our product on Virgin’s radar- We also had an article featured on the Virgin Startup website about exporting to China, which you can see here if you fancy a bit more T-Sticks themed reading!