5 Questions with founder of Birch Benders

Lizzi Ackerman intended to be a scientist. But science took her in a different direction, away from the lab and into a kitchen.

Now Ackerman, along with her husband, Matt LaCasse, are the owners of natural pancake mix company Birch Benders. The business was born in Boulder, and has grown into multi-million dollar enterprise in just over two years.

Ackerman, 29, landed a spot on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, and Birch Benders earned some ink in a recent New York Times piece about Boulder’s natural food scene.

We sat down with Ackerman to learn more about her career change.

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