Scaling Your Food & Beverage Business

A 4-week program sprint supporting entrepreneurs in the F&B industry who are ready to scale.

About the Program

Are you looking to take your food or beverage business to the next level? Do you have a consumer packaged product you’re currently selling in small quantities and are dreaming of scaling into multiple retail outlets across the country? This program is for you! 

Spring Activator is excited to launch Scaling Your Food and Beverage Business, a 4-week virtual program launching April 13, 2022. During this program sprint, food businesses will learn industry tips and best practices required to grow their business, along with how to get their products to fly off the shelves. 

During weekly sessions you can look forward to expert insights addressing your specific challenges and needs. Opportunities for private consultations with Lucy Cullen, Spring’s Food & Sustainability Program Manager, are available for those who require additional support.

Interested? Scroll down to learn about the program details and apply by March 30, 2022

What You Will Learn

  • How to determine when your business is ready for growth
  • Financing for scaling (R&D, manufacturing, listing fees, advertising, sampling, funding)
  • How to find a manufacturer and manage supply chains
  • How and when to grow your team
  • How to ensure your products fly off the shelves

This Program Sprint Is Right for You If

  • You are seeking to scale your food/beverage business
  • You need insight on the costs and funding associated with scaling your business
  • You require assistance with a growth strategy

"The goal is to provide food and beverage entrepreneurs with everything they need to know about growing their business, the costs involved, and how to plan accordingly, delivered in a speedy and digestible format." - Lucy Cullen

Program Details

Program Schedule & Topics 
  • April 13—Manufacturing and Supply Chains
  • April 20—Financing and Cash Flow
  • April 27—Hiring and Managing Teams
  • May 4—Growth and Strategy

👉 All sessions are at 11 am PST / 2 pm EST

  • 4 weekly interactive sprint sessions on Zoom
  • Modules accessible in advance via Spring’s online Learning Management System
  • Access to the Spring Community and network resources
  • Ongoing support from the Food & Sustainability Program Manager, industry professionals, and subject matter experts
  • Flexible program curriculum adaptable to participants’ needs and industry trends and changes

Eligibility Criteria
  • Food, food-centric and beverage businesses based in North America
  • Must have developed a food or beverage consumer packaged good and are currently generating $10,000 in annual revenue or more
  • Interested in growing and expanding operations
  • Support living wage employment opportunities for your teams and suppliers
  • Ideally, have an aim to support local agricultural producers and other local suppliers
  • $450 / business (payment plans available)  
To Prepare Before You Apply
  • A brief description of your food business and any product(s) you are looking to develop or grow
  • Your monthly revenue

Questions? Contact 

Watch Our Information Session!

Our food business experts, Lucy Cullen and Allison Gibson go over program goals and details. This info session is an opportunity for you to get to know them, hear about the sprint program, and listen to others interested in applying, ask their questions and get answered—in real time!

This session went live on March 9, 2022, at 11 am PST / 2 pm EST

Ready to Apply?
We're looking forward to receiving your application!

Interested in Collaborating?

Mentorship, guest speaking, and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Are you looking to engage with up-and-coming entrepreneurs and become part of the growing food ecosystem in Canada? Join our network of mentors, guest speakers, and sponsors!

How you can get involved:

  • Deliver innovative content through a guest lecture
  • Work one-on-one with our entrepreneurs to help their businesses grow and thrive
  • Sponsor a session or a Demo Day prize
Contact Lucy Cullen at