SOLUTIONTOPIA
$8,940 of $10,000
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SOLUTIONTOPIA
Scale Your Food Business - or Perish: Online Courses
$8,940
of $10,000
3 days left
Get ready for SOLUTIONTOPIA’s new online courses with weekly live web-meetings to help ensure your success! Do you want to learn from industry experts how to develop and launch your food business in an easy and affordable way that fits into your busy schedule? I thought so!

Eating well is important to us all, so I’m developing online courses to help foodpreneurs develop, launch, and scale their healthy food and beverage brands.

Turn your recipes into professional formulas.

Your Gifts for Contributing
$30 – $74
"Local Farmers' Market" Level
$75 – $149
"Regional Retail Launch" Level
$150+
"National Mega Star" Level
About this project

In January of 2005, I was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer, and underwent a grueling year of treatments, surgery, and chemotherapy. My newborn daughter was just five months old at the time, and I was scared that I might not live long enough to see her grow up. I suspected that diet somehow played a part in my illness, but I knew that diet would become part of my healing. Thankfully, I recovered fully, and decided to make my work count for something more than just eating as entertainment. I wanted to make sure that my daughter and other children would have healthier food options available to them.

To honor this commitment, I later made a career change and dedicated myself to bringing better-for-you food to families, and for four years helped run Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co. What better way to indulge my culinary and business passions than to help launch and grow a vegan dessert company? I was never prouder to share the tasty treats that I helped create with my daughter.

SOLUTIONTOPIA was created

Two years ago, I decided to help bring more natural food and beverage brands to market by sharing my passion, and launched SOLUTIONTOPIA. We are an operations firm focused on the natural food and beverage consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. We help foodpreneurs bypass the pitfalls and stumbling blocks that get in the way of bringing their natural food and beverage products to market.  

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Is the natural foods movement important to you and your family?

Your support will help bring this valuable information to the thousands who are working hard to develop new natural food and beverage brands for all of us to enjoy.

I want to share these many learnings and solutions through easily accessible online courses. Reaching my goal of $15,000 will allow me to fully develop, market, and launch a comprehensive platform of courses and webinars for foodpreneurs everywhere. This coursework will be created in a tiered series that will be cost effective for start-up businesses, and will include great resources focused on everything from basic food business math, to converting recipes to industry standard manufacturing formulations, to learning the ins and outs of finding and managing a co-packer relationship for scaling production.

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Please see the stepping-stones below for details.

With your assistance, we will help bring delicious and healthier food and beverage products to market for all of us to enjoy!

Learn more about us:
Stepping-stones

Developing a Path to Growth

1st stepping-stone
Web Development & Design!

I am combining years of industry knowledge with numerous examples of client success to create a comprehensive online course including worksheets, proven systems to help plan for growth, and one-on-one weekly live web meetings to ensure that students are on the path of success. This first stepping-stone will allow us to hire the web experts and designers needed to deliver a valuable and professional offering.

Thanks so much for helping us reach this stepping-stone!
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2nd stepping-stone
Video Production!

The funds raised in this second stepping-stone will be used to covers the costs of professional video production and editing required for us to record video interviews with industry experts and to launch a video webinar series.

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3rd stepping-stone
Marketing Program!

The third stepping-stone will be used to hire a digital marketing intern to promote the online coursework program, with the intent that this position will become a full-time position. Funds will also be used for social media marketing to promote the online coursework on Facebook and LinkedIn. Additionally, we will use a portion of this stepping-stone to develop a woman-owned business scholarship program in order to promote more of this type of business in the food industry.

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Who is SOLUTIONTOPIA
Daniel Karsevar
CEO & Chief Problem Solver

Daniel Karsevar is a trained executive chef, restaurateur, serial entrepreneur, business consultant, and product development expert.

Daniel was the Chef / Owner of Arizona Café in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received numerous awards and accolades for pioneering healthy clean food in the mid 1990’s. After living and working in France and Italy for a year, Daniel returned to the United States and launched a consulting company in New York City, focusing on restaurant and culinary concept development.

In 2007, Daniel was chosen by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to spearhead a new team focused on restaurant development for their global collection of hotel brands. During this time, he led a multi-national cross-departmental project that successfully determined the feasibility of, and ultimately resulted in the launch of, a global food program for the Le Meridien hotel brand. Additionally, he developed and launched the food and beverage programs for both Aloft and Element hotel brands.

Daniel was the Co-President and COO of Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit Co., a wholesale and CPG natural foods company that is an alternative to frozen yogurt. He guided Chloe’s under the principals of brand integrity, creative product development, and strategically managed growth. During Daniel’s four years at Chloe’s, he oversaw the growth and development of the company from operations, product development, food service wholesale growth, and manufacturing. He led the brand team in the manufacturing, co-packer selection, and packaging design that launched Chloe’s into retail sales channels in both conventional and natural markets. His proactive approach and perseverance was instrumental in taking Chloe’s from a small retail location to a thriving national CPG brand.

Now, Danial is CEO & Chief Problem Solver at SOLUTIONTOPIA, Inc., a New York City-based boutique advisory services firm focused on launching start-ups and scaling small growth CPG brands in the natural foods space. Daniel’s focus is on solving operational problems, and he has worked with some of the largest co-packers in the country, allowing his clients to scale up to big box retail volume. He has launched brands at Natural Products Expo East & West and most recently, his work received a NEXTY Award nomination. SOLUTIONTOPIA has helped develop and launch brands such as Loliware, Avoke, Yumami, and most recently a natural foods division under Unilever USA.

Daniel is a Mentor at Brooklyn FoodWorks and Food-X, a speaker in the natural foods community, and a contributing Xpert to New Hope’s IdeaXchange.

Your Gifts for Contributing
Contribution of $30 – $74
"Local Farmers' Market" Level

Support us and start on your path! Contributors at this level will receive:

½ Hour Consulting Call FREE

PLUS

1st Online Course FREE

PLUS

25% Off All Courses for 1 Year

PLUS

A “Thank You!” shout-out on social media for you or your business

(More Than $250 in Savings)

7 contributors
Contribution of $75 – $149
"Regional Retail Launch" Level

Support us and scale up to the next level! Contributors at this level will receive:

1 Hour Consulting Call FREE

PLUS

50% Off Consulting Calls in 2017

PLUS

1st Online Course FREE

PLUS

50% Off All Courses for 1 Year

PLUS

A “Thank You!” shout-out on social media for you or your business

(More Than $450 in Savings)

3 contributors
Contribution of $150 or more
"National Mega Star" Level

Support us and be a star! Contributors at this level will receive:

2 Hour Consulting Call FREE

PLUS

50% Off Consulting Calls in 2017

PLUS

Online Courses for 1 Year FREE

PLUS

50% Off All New Online Courses When Launched

PLUS

A “Thank You!” shout-out on social media for you or your business

(More Than $1,500 in Savings)

7 contributors