We work with ecosystem partners to design and deliver tailored business incubation and acceleration programs to empower entrepreneurs in food and beverage innovation.
Food is an integral part of our everyday lives. We need it to survive. From food production to logistics and preparation, this industry has a large impact on global ecosystems and the world’s growing population. That’s why it’s so important to work with food entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions towards food security, food waste reduction, and sustainable food production.
Our work in food innovation involves collaborating with partners such as local governments and other entrepreneur support organizations to develop programs for food entrepreneurs in various business stages.
Do you have an incredible food business idea that you’d like to launch, or want to take your existing food business to the next level? We might have a program in the works for you.
If you want to work with us as a partner, sponsor, guest speaker, or mentor, get in touch!
Allison Gibson, our Food Innovation Program Manager, has over two decades of experience in hospitality and food entrepreneurship. She has special expertise in working with and creating opportunities for entrepreneurs in marginalized and under-serviced communities.
This free, 12-week virtual program launching in April 2021 will consist of business incubator and accelerator streams to catapult the region’s food and beverage entrepreneurs to new dimensions of flavour. We are delivering this program in partnership with Economic Development Cowichan.
Launching in early 2022 with applications open now and on a rolling basis. We will be delivering this program as part of the Canada Startup Visa immigration pathway for immigrant entrepreneurs in the F&B space looking to relocate their businesses to Canada. Stay tuned for more details!
Launched in 2020 and the first of its kind in Canada, this program supported Black women food entrepreneurs along their unique entrepreneurial journeys, and marked a pioneering approach to crafting food entrepreneurship programs tailored to the unique needs of program participants.
Whether you are interested in partnering with us, sponsoring a program, being a guest speaker, or mentoring our program participants, we want to hear from you! Contact our Food Innovation Program Manager, Allison Gibson, to learn more about how you can get involved in our food innovation programming.