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A

STARTUP

ACCELERATOR

PROGRAM

FOR FOOD

& BEVERAGE

STARTUPS

HEADED TOWARDS

FOOD SERVICE

Our mission is to help grow companies that are positively influencing Food’s journey to our tables.

The Food Foundry is a Chicago-based growth accelerator program by Relish Works built in partnership with Gordon Food Service and 1871. The Food Foundry supports, connects, and propels innovative startups who are reimagining the food industry.

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Stay tuned! Cohort 4 will be announced January 2022.

WE

SUPPORT

YOU

IN

THREE

WAYS

  • 01

    FINANCING

    We provide startups who are accepted into the program with $75k of venture capital funding to grow their businesses. Please see our FAQ page for a further explanation of funding.

  • 02

    RESOURCES

    We connect our startups to national foodservice business resources, provide a targeted yet flexible curriculum, and support them with dedicated mentors and access to our team of innovation and design professionals.

  • 03

    COMMUNITY

    We host a number of events and workshops that connect startups with like-minded entrepreneurs, seasoned mentors and industry experts within one of the nation’s brightest food startup hotspots – Chicago, Illinois.

  • 01

    FINANCING

    We provide startups who are accepted into the program with $75k of venture capital funding to grow their businesses. Please see our FAQ page for a further explanation of funding.

  • 02

    RESOURCES

    We connect our startups to national foodservice business resources, provide a targeted yet flexible curriculum, and support them with dedicated mentors and access to our team of innovation and design professionals.

  • 03

    COMMUNITY

    We host a number of events and workshops that connect startups with like-minded entrepreneurs, seasoned mentors and industry experts within one of the nation’s brightest food startup hotspots – Chicago, Illinois.

We’re searching for food & beverage startups with an eye toward foodservice. These companies not only taste good, but do good too.

The world is changing, and so are we. Consumers continue to demand more from their food. They want food that is cultivated through ethical and sustainable processes, made from healthy & nutritious ingredients, and comes from companies that are also doing good. We’re looking to be at the forefront of innovation, magnifying impact by helping these food & beverage companies grow into foodservice. Bringing good-for-you foods to tables across North America. A few areas we’re interested in: alternative proteins (and ingredients), vegan dairy, raw ingredients, spices... if you’re committed to bringing good-for-you foods to tables across North America, we want to hear from you.

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