Brianne Miller is the Founder & CEO of Nada in Vancouver, BC. Nada is a grocery store with a zero waste philosophy that helps shoppers obtain responsibly sourced goods, and reduce food waste.
The 2023 OKGN Angel Summit began on January 10 with a group of over 45+ applicants hoping to take home the $225k investment fund. Over the past 2 months, this year’s angel investors have narrowed it down to the final 6 companies. These courageous founders have demonstrated their commitment to learning the capital raising process, and building valuable connections along the way. With the culmination of their hard work on the horizon, we caught up with each of the finalists to learn more about their backgrounds, their businesses, and the ambitious goals they hope to achieve if they receive the investment.
What prompted you to start your company?
As a marine biologist with a passion for preserving the oceans, I was frustrated by the excessive waste generated by current grocery models, even the most ethical ones. I started to ask myself, “what if food was just food again?” and decided to create a better way to shop. With the help of friends I founded Nada, a grocery store with a zero waste philosophy, offering a range of products without any unnecessary packaging.
Why should investors be interested in your company?
Investors should take notice of our company because we are disrupting an industry that has been stagnant for many years, which opens up opportunities for growth and innovation. With immense growth potential, our company presents a promising investment opportunity. Additionally, we have a strong support system in place, with a network of experienced advisors, mentors, and funders who are committed to the success of our business.
Why should customers be excited about your business?
Customers should be excited to shop with us because we offer a fun and easy shopping experience that allows them to make a positive impact on the environment. By supporting our diverse circular and local supply chain, customers can feel good about their purchases and the positive impact they are making. Additionally, we offer delivery across Greater Metro Vancouver and we offer the option to stop by our store and attend exciting community events.
What do you feel has contributed most to you reaching the Top 6?
Our business model disrupts a traditional system and offers a new approach to sustainable grocery shopping. As a B-Corp and women-led company, we are committed to making a positive impact on the environment and the community. Additionally, we believe that food is an underrepresented topic in the conversation around climate action, and our innovative approach to sustainable grocery shopping offers a unique solution to this important issue. Through our commitment to sustainability, we have differentiated ourselves and are proud to be recognized as one of the Top 6!
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in participating in the Summit?
My advice to future founders is to apply for opportunities even if you don’t feel entirely ready. It can be tempting to hold back and wait until you feel fully prepared, but the truth is that taking the plunge and putting yourself out there can be an incredibly valuable learning experience. In particular, I encourage you to take advantage of the network and community offered by events like this.
“Entrepreneurship requires risk taking and a supportive network.”
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