Meet the four food startups that pitched their businesses before investors and other food entrepreneurs at Triangle Food Makers fourth event, this time in downtown Durham. 

Ello Raw 

Becky Holmes just returned from one of the premier events for natural products, the Natural Products Expo, which brought together 25,000 people in the natural foods industry. 
 
Holmes launched the company, which makes a line of raw dessert bites with just six natural ingredients, while she was a student at Duke University. In the past 12 months, she’s sold more than 7,000 pouches of product, and just recently earned shelf space in local Whole Foods Markets. 
 
Ello Raw products have also appeared backstage at The Daily Show, said Holmes. And at the Expo, she walked away with 15 wholesale orders in hand—since returning, she’s received 10 to 15 inquiries each day. 

Jason Parker

Freelance Reporter, Innovation & Startups
Jason works to inform, inspire, and invest in growth-minded small-business, nonprofit, and community leaders in North Carolina and the Southeastern United States.

Jason covers the entrepreneurial economy of the Triangle and of Charlotte for ExitEvent.

He also consults with organizations to provide expertise in digital strategy, writing/editing, organizational development, fundraising strategy, board management and structure, group/meeting facilitation, and website/content strategy.

Jason was born in Durham, N.C., is a partner in the Durham-based distillery Brothers Vilgalys Spirts Company, served on Durham's Recreation Advisory Commission (RAC), is a member of the inaugural cohort of North Carolina's New Leaders Council, and served as the president of the board of directors for Triangle Ultimate until December 2016.