Webinar: Commercial Kitchens, Incubators and Accelerators
The Greenbelt Fund has partnered with the U.S. National Good Food Network on a series of local food and value chain coordination webinars.
The third in the series explores how food incubators, commercial or community kitchens, and accelerators provide spaces for ‘food-preneurs’ to incubate, grow and prosperous.
Date: November 1, 2018
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm EST
Value-added food production has great potential for communities as well as individual entrepreneurs, in part, because local food production can be profitable even at rather small scales. One key to smaller scale production success is shared equipment and space.
There are many great examples of organizations that support food entrepreneurs begin, and find success, in their operations. In this webinar we bring two more-traditional examples from the U.S. to the fore: La Cocina in San Francisco and Union Kitchen in Washington, DC; one virtual hub, The Food Corridor - connecting food entrepreneurs to commercial kitchen space.
You will hear the great impacts of these operations, as well as some of challenges, and details of actually running an incubator.
The Food Corridor
The Food Corridor is a U.S.-based virtual food hub that connects food entrepreneurs to commercial kitchen space. The Food Corridor also oversees a community of practice of shared-use kitchens, and has created a useful Shared Kitchen Toolkit, a free guide to starting a new shared-use or incubator kitchen and managing the operations of it.
La Cocina is an incubator kitchen based in San Francisco that cultivates food entrepreneurs in underserved communities as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities. They’re vision is that entrepreneurs gain financial security by doing what they love to do, creating an innovative, vibrant and inclusive economic landscape.
Union Kitchen is a Washington D.C. based food business accelerator that helps to build successful food businesses that launch locally, grow regionally, and scale nationally in the U.S.
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