Food Business Innovation

Learn how to create and scale a successful food business while making a positive social and environmental impact 

About Food Innovation

We design and deliver tailored business incubation and acceleration programs that empower entrepreneurs seeking to make the world a better place through food innovation. 

The current global landscape provides an opportunity and invitation for entrepreneurs, SMEs and established companies in the food and beverage (F&B) space to revisit the drawing board and rethink solutions, from an impact lens.

At Spring, we help entrepreneurs in the F&B industry create and scale their ventures through our Food Innovation programming. What sets us apart is that we’re 100% committed to helping you make a positive social and environmental impact through your business. 

Whether you’re upcycling food or providing access to plant-based meals, we’ll help you develop a successful food business that has a positive effect on your community.

Allison Gibson and Paintbox, Photo Credit: Toronto Star




What sets us apart is that we're 100% committed to helping you make a positive social and environmental impact through your business.

Previous Program Info Sessions

This 10-week Food IMPACT Challenge that has launched this Fall was designed to guide entrepreneurs passionate about solving food-related obstacles in the categories of gender lens, food access and waste reduction. 

Your Advisors

Allison Gibson - Food Innovation Program Manager at Spring Activator

My vision for revolutionizing the food industry involves collaboration between businesses and communities because we are all in this together.

Allison Gibson, Director of Program Operations at Spring Activator

We only have one planet, and I'm dedicated to supporting businesses in growth and impact so we can strive towards a sustainable future.

Lucy Cullen, Food & Sustainability Program Manager at Spring Activator

Past Programs & Events

2022 Food IMPACT Challenge

This 10-week food IMPACT challenge helps food businesses accelerate their impact. Businesses apply a project idea to implement or accelerate the impact they’re already creating within their business. Think of it as a hackathon for food entrepreneurs working to make the world a better place through their businesses.

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Funding Your Food & Beverage Business

A 4-week workshop series on how to fund your food & beverage business. This investment-readiness program will cover fundraising fundamentals, pitching and positioning, due diligence and getting to a close. 

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Scaling Your Food & Beverage Business

A 4-week sprint series to support entrepreneurs in food and beverage who are ready to scale. Our food business experts, Lucy Cullen and Allison Gibson cover everything from manufacturing and supply chains, financing and cash flow to hiring and managing teams and growth strategy. 

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Cowichan Food Innovation Program

This free, 12-week virtual program ran from April 2021 and consisted of business incubator and accelerator streams to catapult the region’s food and beverage entrepreneurs to new dimensions of flavour. 

Delivered with Economic Development Cowichan
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Ethnic Food Incubator

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 innovation programs tailored to the unique needs of participants.

Delivered with the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce
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Sustainability & the Waste Problem: Planet

The first out of a three workshop series on how businesses can create a greater positive impact, this event focusses on what sustainability means so you can avoid accidental greenwashing! We will also examine the waste problem and how your business plays a role. Details | February 2 at 11 am PST / 2 pm EST 

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Sustainability & the Waste Problem: People

The second out of a three workshop series on how businesses can create a greater positive impact, this event will take a close look at how you can integrate waste reduction practices into your supply chain while simultaneously giving back to your community! Details | February 9 at 11 am PST / 2 pm EST 

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Sustainability & the Waste Problem: Profit

The third part out of four workshop series on how businesses can create a greater positive impact, this session will take a close look at how your waste reduction strategy can actually help you save money and increase sales! Together, we will examine case studies so you leave with a number of strategy and marketing ideas. Details | February 16 at 11 am PST / 2 pm EST 

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Sustainability & the Waste Problem: And Action!

The final part out of our February workshop series on how food businesses can create a greater positive impact, we’ll show you how you can integrate sustainability and waste reduction into your own business. We’ve covered all the important topics and ideas, now it’s time to put them into action! Details | February 23 at 11 am PST / 2 pm EST 

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Interested in Being First to Know About Our Food Programs Launching in 2022? 

Who We Have Worked With

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.