Everyone needs food—and at FoodLab Detroit, our research shows us that consumers in the Detroit region want with increasing fervency: local food. They’re even willing to pay a little more for the confidence that their food purchases help to create jobs and promote local economies; safeguard the environment, protect groundwater and support Detroit farmers & growers.
Since 2011, FoodLab Detroit has been empowering a community of good food businesses who are full of heart and passion, and who are committed to growing a just, green, healthy and thriving “good food” economy in the Detroit region. Knowing that consumers demand for transparency is shaping the food industry of the future, FoodLab Detroit launched a Good Food Business Accelerator designed for mission-driven food startups looking to scale and to apply the “triple-bottom-lines” of people, planet and profit into their business model.
RECIPES, FoodLab’s Good Food Business Accelerator offers 8 to 10 FoodLab Detroit members an opportunity to take an in-depth dive into their business, beginning March 14. For 16 weeks, entrepreneurs will learn about business strategies, using class time and hands-on advising and will gain access to up to $45,000 in capital. These small business owners will learn what it will take to scale-up and work toward increasing sustainability within their business.
Last year’s inaugural RECIPES class spurred every member to move their business forward in various ways that helped to increase their sales, enhance internal operations and find new opportunities for growth. A few entrepreneurs from the inaugural class shared their thoughts with FoodLab Detroit on their RECIPES experience.