Food Innovation Programs for Entrepreneurs

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!

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

Allison Gibson, Food Innovation Program Manager at Spring Activator
Allison Gibson - Food Innovation Program Manager at Spring Activator

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.

Current Programs

Coming Soon at Spring Activator

Getting Big Box Ready

This 6-week virtual program will be launching soon. During this masterclass, food businesses will learn everything they need to know before getting into large-scale retail, and also how to get their products to fly off the shelves once they are in their first big retailer!

The City of Campbell River has teamed up with Spring Activator to provide personalized support to local restaurants in need of guidance to assist with BC’s Restart measures, rebuilding their business or pivoting to a new idea within their existing restaurant business.

Launching in early 2022 with applications open on a rolling basis. We will be delivering this program as part of the Canada Start-up Visa immigration pathway for entrepreneurs in the F&B space looking to relocate their businesses to Canada. Stay tuned for more details!

Past Programs

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
Meet the program participants

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
Meet the program participants

Who We Have Worked With

Interested in Collaborating?

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.