Edible Education’s Kitchen a la cart wins 1st 50k Pitch Contest Finalist in Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity Tour

1ST50K officials have announced two awardees for the 1ST50K Startup Competition. The competition awards $50,000 in cash and pro-bono support services to innovative startups that agree to locate their companies in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Ann Butler from Richmond, Virginia will soon call Cape home to her startup, Edible Education. Ann and her team have taught over 23,000 kids how to cook in her classes. Her vision was to create something scalable that would allow the ability to educate many more. So, she developed the Edible Education Kitchen a la cart, a self contained interactive, mobile culinary cart. The high-tech cart and lesson plans make it fun and easy for educators to help students develop math, reading, and team-building skills via food prep.
“In a society where 35 percent of adolescents are overweight or obese, with an 80 percent chance of becoming obese adults, I knew I had to get more involved in making a difference outside of my school district, and so I started Edible Education,” said Butler. 1ST50K will provide her the startup funding and resources to do just that.

“Our team is beyond excited for the next step in our growth in Missouri. I am especially proud as only 5% of all pitch money nationally is awarded to women owned businesses.” Chef Ann
The awardees and other finalists showcased their startups to the community at the first annual Marquette TechFest on July 28th. Pitch day was the next day for the finalists, which included teams from Missouri, Colorado, New York, and Washington D.C. The startups pitched in front of a competition committee that consists of local successful entrepreneurs and established business leaders. Applications came in from countries as far away as Ireland and Australia, with 6 teams selected from over 120 entries.

Edible Education was recently a finalist in Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity Tour. Ann Butler pitched to a packed house in Charlottesville on September 23, as one of 6 finalists in the Food/Agriculture categories. The Virginia Velocity Tour, a partnership between Village Capital and the Commonwealth of Virginia, was created to provide visibility and seed funding for promising startups throughout Virginia. Held September 19-23, the program highlighted industry sectors of regional strength, from health and biotech to energy, agriculture and security. During the tour, 29 finalists participated in public pitch competitions to panels of local judges for the chance to win $25,000 in equity-free grant funding. Five prizes were awarded, for a statewide total of $125,000.