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Opportunity for USA food businesses in eligible Midwestern states to participate in a business training and acceleration program to help them expand their food businesses. This program provides selected fellows with curriculum, coaching, access to capital, and networking opportunities aimed at improving their commercial enterprise, expanding the local sustainable food industry, and enhancing the local economy.
Requests will be accepted from eligible applicants who are located in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Indiana; or who serve the Chicago Food Shed (any state that borders Illinois).
The Good Food Accelerator (GFA) is an intensive accelerator program providing core and custom curriculums to Fellows to help them develop their business plan, build their business sales, and become investment-ready and poised for growth.
The GFA gets emerging Good Food CPG (consumer packaged goods) brands ready for prime time, giving them the skills to scale up. This fellowship program for food entrepreneurs is based at 1871, Chicago’s center of innovation. Fellows are paired with industry-leading mentors and are connected to potential customers and investors. This is the nation’s first accelerator focused on building supply chains for sustainable local food.
GFA helps food entrepreneurs expand the production, marketing and distribution of locally and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of local communities.
The program provides Fellows with mentorship, strategic support, ongoing resources, and connections to sources of financing so they can thrive commercially, grow profitable Good Food businesses, and have a powerful ripple effect on the local economy.
GrantWatch ID#: 160751
- Curriculum: 6-month curriculum includes approximately 6-8 hours of business training per week through hands-on workshops, seminars, and guest speakers, in addition to a minimum 1 hour of pre/post-curriculum preparation/follow-up.
- Mentorship: 2-3 hours each week of one-on-one mentoring with the applicant's Super Mentor and the GFA team.
- Free work space and resources at 1871, Chicago’s innovation hub.
- Opportunity to be showcased at the Good Food Financing & Innovation Conference and other events.
- Introductions to public and private sources of capital (angel investors, the SBA, banks, alternate sources of funding, etc.).
The 6th GFA Cohort will take place from January to June 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply online: https://www.f6s.com/2019goodfoodacceleratorappilcation/apply
For questions, and to schedule a meeting, please email Chelsea Callahan Huson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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