Food Accelerator

Scaling food and beverage companies.

In partnership with The Regional Municipality of York Region and the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, we have relaunched our five-month Food Accelerator program helping scale high growth food and beverage ventures through customized workshops, expert mentorship and peer-to-peer circles. The program will provide founders with the tools, skills and connections they need to scale and thrive in the consumer-packaged goods industry.

Please note, there is a reduced program fee of $1,000 for program administration. This program is subsidized by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

 

Program Components

The York Region Food and Beverage Accelerator is a five-month accelerator focused on supporting high-growth consumer packaged goods ventures in scaling up their operations and acquiring new distribution channels. Our customized educational workshops and dedicated team of mentors and advisors works closely with the founders for both personal and professional growth. We believe that at the core of all successful ventures are it's founders and our program provides the key foundational elements needed to help build up our founders.

Please click here to read some profiles of our 2020 cohort.

Develop industry knowledge through hands-on workshops from industry leaders and influencers.

Dedicated industry mentors from creating operational efficiencies to develop branding and sales strategies.

Access to private and exclusive networking sessions to grow your network within serial CPG entrepreneurs, investors, and retailers.

Gain constructive feedback on both your retailer deck as well as your investor pitch through monthly peer to peer and expert feedback sessions

On-demand office hours with industry experts as required creating unique engagements by listening to the company needs.

Program Timeline

Accelerator Criteria

1
Product is in the market through a minimum of 10 points of sales

Points of sale can include independent stores (i.e. coffee shops, convenience stores, etc.), grocery, retail, online, etc.

2
Full-time founder(s) can commit 5-months to YSpace programming

The program includes a varity of workshops, fireside chats with investors, serial entrepreneurs and mentorship sessions. It is key that the founding team stays committed to the program to get the most out of it.

3
Venture active for over a year with Monthly Recurring Revenue of $4,000 - $10,000

If ventures are under the age of one, we will review the monthly recurring revenue and growth accordingly.

4
Focus on growth and scaling to achieve high impact

Our primary goal is to help ventures scale, therefore a growth mindset is key.

5
A driven, coachable and collaborative leadership team.

Drive and coachability is a major factor as our team of dedicated mentors and advisors are leading experts from the industry.

Application Form

Please use the link below to access our application form.