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For Food Entrepreneurs

SPROUT is a business development program designed to assist entrepreneurs to take their food ideas to market. The program is comprised of weekly seminars, lab time, panel presentations and mentorship and a final presentation over a 10-week period. 

The program is ideal for early stage food entrepreneurs who have a food idea that they have begun to develop (but are pre-revenue) or for those who are currently selling at farmers' markets and festivals. Upon successful completion, participants will also be awarded a certificate endorsed by all program partners.

The 10-week program focuses on the beginning stage training for developing a food business. Entrepreneurs will learn:  

  • Introduction to food production and training with production kitchens
  • Understanding the regulatory environment of food 
  • Understanding costs related to developing a food product 
  • Recipe and food product development 
  • Sales distribution, pricing, marketing and selling 

In addition, participants will also benefit from:

  • Training and use of commercial kitchen 
  • Hands-on training on using culinary tools 
  • Two 3 hour facilitated hands on workshops in food labs (recipe development and introduction to production planning) 
  • One-on-one mentoring with food sector professionals (coaching) 
  • Demonstration Day: pitch your prototype to a panel of experts for immediate constructive feedback 

Details: SPROUT Program

Start Date Spring 2019 (tentative)
Price $300 + HST
Application Deadline  Now accepting pre-registration for 2019
Class size Max # of students: 24
Where Georgian College, 1 Georgian Drive
Eligibility Requirements

• 18 years of age or older 
• Ability to commute and attend weekly sessions 

Apply Today

Now accepting pre-registration for 2019. Tentative Spring start, scheduled one weekday evening over 10 weeks. Email to indicate your interest.

Session topics include

  • Designing your product
  • Food handling/Process planning
  • Package planning
  • Manufacturing options
  • Sales & distribution
  • Genesis computer lab (Nutritional analysis & labelling)
  • Financial planning
  • Plus mentorship and commercial kitchen lab availability

For class dates and times please contact: 

Creative Economy Department
City of Barrie
Invest Barrie

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