ISOLDE JOHNSON

Isolde is Prof. of Beanelogy and Co-Founder of the The Cool Bean Company, an exciting, agile and innovative new Food Start Up. Cool Beans - their signature product - is an award winning gourmet cannellini baked bean product which offers the consumers a healthy, convenient and tasty meal solution in three delicious flavours. Cool Beans is stocked nationwide in Ireland and the UK. In 2015 Cool Beans appeared on the Late Late Show and was selected to feature on the Supervalu Food Academy National TV advertising campaign. Since 2014 they have been writing a regular column in The Irish Times. In the past few months they have been awarded Silver at the Blas na hEireann Awards and Best Ready Meal at the Quality Food Awards.

Having studied Business & Politics in Trinity College Dublin Isolde started her food career when she joined Jacob Fruitfield in 2010. After this she became Business Development Manager at The Company of Food - a specialist food investment vehicle for the Irish food sector. Isolde completed the Food Academy Programme and Female Propeller Programme with DCU Ryan Academy in 2014.

Isolde just recently won Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur for Dublin. She was runner up for Best Start Up at the Image Business Woman of the Year Awards and the Women Mean Business Best Newcomer Award in 2015. She is a member of the International Wine and Food Society and the Dublin One/Thousand network, an international network of young entrepreneurs and innovators.