John Stapleton is the ‘Authentic Entrepreneur’ with over 30 years’ experience in pioneering new FMCG categories and establishing and growing consumer-led businesses in both the UK and the USA. In 1987 John co-founded The New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd., which pioneered and grew the fresh soup category in the UK. John sold New Covent Garden Soup Co in 1998 and then went on to co-found Glencoe Foods Inc., designed to bring the fresh soup concept to the US. On returning to Europe, John established a consumer branded food consultancy and worked with a number of corporate and early-stage growth businesses across the FMCG sector in the UK, US and continental Europe. In 2005, John co-founded Little Dish, which supplies healthy, natural and convenient meals and snacks to children over one year old. John sold Little Dish in 2017 and is now involved in a range of early-stage growth businesses as a business growth adviser, mentor and investor.

He is a business thought leader and speaks on a wide range of entrepreneurial, management & motivational leadership topics and has featured as a speaker in our Rockstar Series. A founder of three start-ups, John is an expert at developing new and innovative consumer brands. John now actively manages an investor/Non-Executive Director portfolio contributing value-added business growth advice, guidance and mentoring to business owners. John is resident business advisor to Bord Bia’s entrepreneurial start-up programme in Ireland and is investor director of Mission Ventures, a progressive business accelerator designed to build challenger brands in the UK food & drink space, principally in partnership through Corporate Venture Accelerators.

‘Home Grown really is a home from home for me. These days I live in Munich and am in London (pre-Covid!) very regularly so it’s a great refuge in the centre of town. The surroundings are splendid while welcoming and the clientele consists of those with whom I feel most at home – entrepreneurs!’