#021: Launching a Food Startup With Coconut Chilli Founder & Boss Lady, Navina Bartlett

Navina Bartlett is an ethical food entrepreneur and Boss Lady of Coconut Chilli, a start-up food business that manufactures healthy and inventive South Indian microwaveable meal pots in the UK.

Navina has extensive knowledge of the food industry, having previously set up the StrEAT Food Collective – which brought together the very BEST local street food vendors. Navina’s business acumen has also led her to become a Virgin Start Up Ambassador.

 

Main points of discussion

    • An introduction to Navina Bartlett.We find out more about coconut Chilli
    • We find out how Navina got started in the food scene
    • How Navina used branding to promote her street food business
    • Why it is important to have a scalable business
    • The different types of costs to consider when setting up a market stall
    • Should you start with a food stall first, when starting a food business
    • We learn how Navina started her next business after the food stall
    • Challenges of scaling a business, while maintaining your core values
    • We find out how Coconut Chilli was funded
    • The problem of reaching out to friends and family for funding, when you are a woman, or if you haven’t started a business before
    • We found out more about the biggest challenges Navina has faced so far.
    • Navina shares what has been working for her in promoting her business
    • Do you need a business plan when starting your business?
    • Why it is important to keep a record of your figures and to keep data
    • We find out how large the Coconut Chilli team is
    • How a virtual assistant can help your business
    • We learn more about the best distribution channels and the power of going directly to the consumer
    • Navani shares who inspires her in business and the best advice she ever received in business
    • An insight into the world of business hampers
    • Navina shares tips on looking for funding
    • We find out what Navina wishes she knew before she started out in the food industry

Key points you will learn

  • Challenges of scaling a business, while maintaining your core values
  • Why it is important to keep a record of your figures and to keep data
  • We learn more about the best distribution channels and the power of going directly to the consumer

Links and resources mentioned

Homework

Try to get out of your comfort zone.

Visit the institute of Directors in Pall Mall. London, and try to learn as much as you can from people different from yourself.

Try to find and visit business networking opportunities.

Take the opportunity to speak in public, or to travel to a different country.

Do something different that scares you, and see how it makes you feel after.

Tweet #DiversityAllStar to discuss the show on twitter.

 

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