Apply for Expo East ’19

The MBArk Core Program at Expo East will take place September 12-14, 2019 in Baltimore, MD, with many exciting components including:


  • Walk the Floor with CEOs
  • MBA Alumni Dinner
  • MBArk CEO Breakfast and CEO Speed Dating
  • Numerous booth meetings with top natural food executives
  • Focus sessions on topics like marketing, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and impact investing
  • Access to the show floor and Expo East events
  • See full agenda here



Participating companies, executives and speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.  To take a look at this year’s MBArk Expo East agenda, click hereThe application process is now closed.


There will be about 40 spots available for current MBAs and other graduate students, but it is a competitive process, with an expected three applicants for each spot.

There are two deadlines to apply for the MBArk program at Expo East.

The priority deadline was Tuesday, August 20 at midnight PDT. Applications submitted by then had a greater chance of acceptance, because we take about 75% of our pool from that group.  Additionally, only people who apply by then have a chance to reserve hard-to-get discounted hotel reservations through MBArk.


The secondary deadline was Tuesday, September 3 at midnight PDT. We will pull about 25% of our pool from this group of applicants, which also includes those not accepted during the first period.  Additionally, if an opening arises after the second deadline because someone withdraws, we will pull from the remaining pool of applicants.

Applicants who are accepted will be asked to submit a fee to hold their spot and cover the program expenses, including two dinners and two breakfasts, as well as access to all events. Participants are also responsible for paying their way to and from Baltimore, and for all other incidental expenses, although in many cases subsidies are available through your school. Discounted reserved hotel rooms should be available through MBArk, on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of the pass for Expo East, normally as high as $995 for guests, will be entirely waived.