Food Entrepreneurs In Miami Have New Incubator
Florida International University has launched a new incubator for food entrepreneurs and startups. The program was launched with a $500,000 grant from the Citi Foundation.
StartupUP FIU FOOD will assist entrepreneurs and startups in the community to grow their businesses and develop their ideas and concepts. Participants will leverage FIU’s Chapin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s large commercial kitchen.
StartUP FIU FOOD, will also provide workshops for skills development, food science training and mentorship. On the business side, startups will get help with incorporating, generating financial statements, and applying for micro-finance loans, and commercial loans.
“There is an unmet need in Miami for not only affordable commercial kitchen space, but also for startup incubator services, business advising and entrepreneurial networking. Sometimes we have to create opportunity.” said Emily Gresham, cn FIU assistant vice president and co-founder of StartUP FIU and an FIU assistant vice president.
7 food based startups have been chosen for the incubator’s inaugural cohort. They are:
Joe’s Sweets: Specialty fresh baked pastries and bread
Greathouse Gourmet Inc: Gourmet condiments and sauces that blend Caribbean flavors.
Lemon City Tea: High-quality, ethically-sourced teas inspired by Miami.
Helene’s Ice Cream, LLC: Artisanal frozen desserts: ice cream, frozen custard, sorbet, and custom ice cream cakes.
Frice Cream: Handcrafted ice cream and pastries using locally sourced and natural ingredients.
Timeline Brewery: Beer with flavors influenced by culture and history.
Sweet Jalane’s Inc: “Made from scratch” desserts, flavored cakes and cupcakes, mini bundt cakes, pies, pastries, fruit cobblers and cookies.
StartUP FIU FOOD will take applications on a rolling basis. Applicants should meet the following criteria:
- Must be an owner or co-owner (founder/co-founder) of a business
- Business should be in operation for less than two years
- Have a business plan
- Teams must have a minimum of two members (including the owner)
Interested entrepreneurs and startups can find out more here.