Food Innovation Programs

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

About Food Innovation

We work with ecosystem partners to design and deliver tailored business incubation and acceleration programs to empower entrepreneurs in food and beverage innovation. 

There’s a need to disrupt and reshape food systems for better overall health for people and the planet. From food production to logistics and preparation, this industry has a large impact on global ecosystems and the world’s growing population.

By accelerating pre-existing innovation trends while highlighting weaknesses and blindspots in the overall system, recent years have changed how we think, buy, and consume food.

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 stream. 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.

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Your Advisors

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.

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, Program Manager at Spring Activator

Upcoming 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.

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
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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
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.

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.