We can't dough this alone. Here are some brilliant minds helping Doughp along our sweet journey.
Former CEO // Pieshell
Cheryl Clements was the Founder + CEO of PieShell a crowdfunding platform for food- and beverage focused companies. Pieshell sadly closed its doors in early 2019, but Cheryl has 20 years of experience at Fortune 500 companies and brings that best practice methodology to early-stage entrepreneurs to help them grow and scale.
CEO // Smoketown Consulting
Ryan Pintado-Vertner is fifth generation innovator with a knack for uncovering extraordinary ideas and maximizing their potential. His 20-year track record spans the social impact and CPG sectors, including 12 years leading brands at The Clorox Company, Conagra Brands and Tyson Foods. He is Founder and Principal of Smoketown Consulting, a brand & innovation consultancy that helps brands and social enterprises maximize their potential to change the world
CEO // Deep Dive Financial
Diana Halenz is a CPA based in Miami, Florida who loves working with high growth startups. Prior to founding her own CPA firm in 2014, she worked at Deloitte Consulting where she focused on process improvement and strategic planning, public finance and technology adoption. In her spare time, she's been known to attempt to reverse engineer Doughp. :)
Coach & Consultant // Alchemy Coaching
Kerry Lange is a 20+ year veteran of the marketing world with proven senior level experience leading people and businesses through launch, transition, and growth phases. As a leader and partner in several agencies, she was responsible for Client Services as well as Operations, HR, talent strategy/planning, and culture. She is currently a Co-Active Coach, Leadership Trainer and active mentor and advisor.
Formerly Off The Grid
Emerson Duque is a Canadian, tiki connoisseur with a background in restaurants, nightlife, food and entertainment. His expertise spans the best of the hospitality industry, business relations, supply chain management and e-commerce. His creative strategy, collaboration and innovative approach to creating solutions focused on operational excellence have contributed to the growth of both small and multi billion dollar business scalability. Emerson is currently leading Stubhub's North America Strategy & Operations for Music and Theater.
Word on the street is...
Doughp is an innovative consumer brand that has attracted a lot of attention among food lovers in San Francisco, and the company is seeking to leverage its recent momentum through aggressive expansion into new markets outside the Bay Area.
Within its first two years of existence, Doughp has amassed a passionate and loyal consumer following that has caught the attention of high profile partners such as Pier 39, AT&T Park, etc. that are now helping to propel DOUGHP to ever higher levels of brand visibility and retail sales.
Each existing Doughp location is highly profitable, and as the company expands its retail presence, word-of-mouth interest is accelerating. Doughp was early-to-market with a compelling new consumer concept, and its aggressive growth has helped to catapult Doughp ahead of the competition.
I am grateful to have partnered with Kelsey as an early investor. She is building a truly mission-driven brand, and in my humble opinion, she has developed the best tasting cookie dough on the market!
- Dennis Phelps, Investor in DOUGHP
The first time I heard Kelsey introduce Doughp as a Food Funded finalist, I was hooked! Her boundless energy and strong entrepreneurial drive are nicely complimented by her desire to inspire others with her journey and her partnership with local non-profits. She has a solid business model and strong potential for multiple revenue streams - I believe her future will be very sweet. With low COGS and the high novelty product pricing, I see this as the next Sprinkles. Move over cupcakes, it's time for Doughp!
- Kerry Lange, Consultant // Alchemy Coaching
Doughp is sitting at the intersection of three powerful, value-creating trends. First, consumers want indulgent foods that give them moments of joy in a stressful world. Doughp delivers on that indulgent experience. Second, consumers want clean ingredients. They want to recognize every ingredient in the food they eat. Doughp only has 7 all natural ingredients. Third, consumers want brands that have a good story, tied to a cause that they get behind. A recent study demonstrated that brands with strong social missions are more valuable than brands without them. Doughp has a mission and commitment to strengthening communities that they work in. Kelsey’s personal journey is represented in Doughp's work helping a generation rise above addiction and open up the conversation around mental health.
As a business with both food service and CPG potential, Doughp can deliver against these three trends at multiple points along a consumer's journey. That is a recipe for success.
- Ryan Pintado-Vertner, CEO // Smoketown Consulting
Doughp has generated considerable interest from wanna-be investors, and for good reason. The branding exudes fresh and edgy enthusiasm that mirrors the founder. Doughp has gone from a food cart to premier locations, all while turning a profit in the first year and continuing profitability in year two. The founder thinks big and has a top team of employees and an advisory board with a proven track record to back her up. This will be a brand to watch!
- Diana Halenz, CEO // Deep Dive Financial