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Join the Incubator

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We help talented women of color, immigrant and refugee chefs launch food businesses, providing training and mentorship every step of the way.

 

Our Food Business Incubator Program

Our two-year incubator program supports entrepreneurs in launching their food business by providing affordable commercial kitchen and retail kiosk space, as well as connections to market channels and building necessary skills and experience to grow a stable business.

Incubator participants are part of a business network—they meet regularly with other participants, share responsibilities in maintaining the kitchen space, and work regularly with a business coach.

Once accepted into the program, entrepreneurs receive help with required permits, licenses and insurance, marketing needs, and a basic business plan.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • You must live in South King County.
  • We prioritize low-income residents who are immigrants and refugees.
  • You must meet our “business ready” requirements.

Please see our document outlining eligibility requirements, the application process, and other important information.

How to apply

We generally accept only a few applicants each year depending on the space in the program. Interested applicants are required to attend an online orientation to learn more about the program.

For more information about applying to the Food Business Incubator, please email Njambi Gishuru or call her at 206-291-7407. Please note that Njambi works part-time and may need a couple of weeks to schedule a call.