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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Central CA Network
From humble garage beginnings in 2013, Whalebird Kombucha is the Kombucha of the central coast. Co-founders Mike Durighello, Jake Pritzlaff, and Lee Wilkerson set out to create and provide a healthy beverage for the Central Coast community. As the team created, the community responded, and Whalebird Kombucha was born and began to grow. Having a passion for building a vibrant business and lots to learn along the way, they turned to the SBDC for advice on how to scale their lightning in a bottle. From that relationship, Whalebird Kombucha was able to connect with Slow Money SLO, an organization that assists with startup financing for local food businesses, become bankable with a traditional SBA financing, and complete a round of Angel Investment financing
$350K Angel Investment
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.