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The second-annual Investment Summit will be held across two days, Oct. 8-9, at The Bell Tower event venue in Nashville, Tenn.

Nation’s Restaurant News announces expanded Investment Summit for emerging chain leaders

Walk-On’s, Smalls Sliders executives will keynote Nashville event that kicks off annual CREATE conference.

Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN), the premier publication serving the entire foodservice industry, announced that it is expanding its successful Investment Summit.

The second-annual Investment Summit will be held across two days, Oct. 8-9, at The Bell Tower event venue in Nashville, Tenn. It kicks off NRN’s CREATE: The Event for Emerging Restaurateurs, which will be hosted Oct. 9-11 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. Both events are tailored to owners, operators, and executives at small and mid-market restaurant chains looking to expand their businesses.

“So many brands who have come to CREATE over the years are looking for capital to grow. We launched the Investment Summit last year as an opportunity for those leaders to connect directly with investors and other members of the capital journey for both education and networking,” said Sam Oches, NRN’s editor-in-chief. “The response was overwhelmingly positive, and we’re excited to expand the Investment Summit to include more educational sessions and more opportunities for networking.”

The first day of this year’s Investment Summit will feature educational sessions diving deep into different aspects of restaurant financing, including private equity, family office investment, working with investment banks, and how to pitch investors.

It will also feature a keynote conversation with Brandon Landry, founder of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux and Smalls Sliders; Maria Rivera, CEO of Smalls Sliders; and Morven Groves, managing partner at 10 Point Capital. The conversation will explore how 10 Point Capital’s investment in Walk-On’s and Smalls Sliders has supported those brands in their expansion efforts.

On the second day of the Investment Summit, attendees will be invited to participate in roundtable networking conversations with top investors, investment bankers, restaurant platform leaders, and other critical partners who provide resources for growing businesses.

“More investors will be coming off the sidelines to invest in the coming years, and emerging restaurant leaders need to be prepared for that opportunity to secure capital for growth,” Oches said. “The Investment Summit — and CREATE after it — is the perfect opportunity for those restaurateurs to connect with the finance community and learn more about how they can properly scale.”

Attendance at the Investment Summit is free for restaurant leaders but limited. To participate, restaurant leaders need to register for CREATE and opt into the Investment Summit.

Any investor or representative of an investment bank, restaurant platform, financial services company, or other firm interested in participating in the Investment Summit should contact Sam Oches at [email protected].

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