Foodpreneur Lab Disrupts Food Ecosystem with Support Paths for Black Food Entrepreneurs


TORONTO — Foodpreneur Lab, a Canadian Black woman-founded and led non-profit, is disrupting the food ecosystem by addressing systemic barriers and advancing racial and gender equity in the food sector. Its Advisor-Led Start and Scale Support Paths provide free access for Black food entrepreneurs to focus on their business goals.

Founded in 2019, Foodpreneur Lab’s nine-month Advisor-Led Start and Scale Support Paths include one-on-one support, hands-on experience in commercial production space and completion of business-operation certifications.

“It is through food that communities connect and foster a sense of belonging,” says Janice Bartley, founder of Foodpreneur Lab. “We believe that shared experiences provided by our support paths will help Black food entrepreneurs thrive and conduct business that honours their unique lens.”

Since its first cohort launch in November 2021, 50 participants have already enrolled with Foodpreneur Lab. Applications for cohort two are now open until Feb. 28 at 11:59 p.m.

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