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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 Thursday, May 10th, 2018
Price $350.57 (Inc. HST)
Application Deadline  Rolling Application
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 
• Must have food handler's permit prior to the kitchen labs  in order to participate (Details for obtaining permit can be found here). 

Submission Requirements

Applicants are required to submit all of the following:

  • Complete course registration.
  • Proof of Food Safety Handler’s permit. Details for obtaining permit can be found here.

Program Outline

Class Number Session Topic
Class 1 Introduction
Class 2 Designing Your Product
Class 3

Food Handling/Process Planning

Class 4 Package Planning
Lab 1 Kitchen Lab 1
Class 5 Manufacturing Options
Lab 2 Kitchen Lab
Class 6

Reworking Prototypes

Class 7 Sales & Distribution
Lab 3
Genesis Computer Lab
Class 8
Financial Planning
Class 9 One on One Mentoring
Lab 4
Kitchen Lab
Class 10 Graduation and Demo Day

For class dates and times please contact: 

Briar Kelly
Programs Coordinator, 
Invest Barrie
705-739-4220 ext. 5448

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