The Food Foundry Accelerator seeks startups innovating the food value chain -- second cohort to begin in January 2020. Applications for The Food Foundry Cohort 2 are open now through October 16th.
CHICAGO (August 16, 2019) -- The Food Foundry, a Chicago-based growth accelerator by Relish Works, in partnership with Gordon Food Service and 1871 to support, connect, and propel innovative startups who are reimagining the food industry, will be launching its second cohort in January of 2020; applications are now open.
Built on the successes of their first cohort - $4.5 million collectively raised by their startups, seven Gordon Food Service market tests, and three companies expanding to Chicago - The Food Foundry has further enhanced the accelerator’s approach for cohort two. The program is customized to the needs of startups, which includes one week of curriculum in Chicago each month, followed by three weeks focused on implementing those learnings. It will also provide:
In addition to 1871’s offerings, participants will gain access to the full resources and expertise of GordonFood Service’s wholesale food distribution and market-facing stores, including facilities for testing solutions, supplier relationships, industry experience, and access to design, business, and branding experts.
Applications are open now through October 16 and the program will start in January 2020. The FoodFoundry team will have open office hours across North America throughout the fall to connect in-person with startups interested in applying--more information can be found here. Interested parties can apply to be a part of this cohort here.
About Relish Works
Relish Works is an innovation hub leading disruption in the food industry. Its purpose is to generate innovative solutions to the most pressing customer problems and unmet needs by creating partnerships, designing new solutions, and making strategic investments. Relish Works has deep professional expertise in human-centered design, customer experience, strategy, and early-stage investing. The office is located in the Merchandise Mart building in downtown Chicago.
About Gordon Food Service
Since 1897, we have delivered uncompromising quality and heartfelt service to our customers. We began as a simple butter-and-egg delivery service, and have grown to become the largest family business in the foodservice industry by upholding the same approach for more than 120 years—remaining passionately committed to the people we serve. Today, we serve foodservice operators in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest regions of the United States and coast-to-coast in Canada. We also operate more than 175 Gordon Food Service StoreⓇ locations in the U.S. By partnering with organizations from across industries—healthcare to education, independent and chain restaurants, and event planners—we help our customers create food experiences that people choose, enjoy, and remember. To learn more about Gordon Food Service, visit gfs.com.
1871 is a not-for-profit organization that exists to inspire, equip, and support founders to build great businesses. It is the #1 ranked university-affiliated business incubator in the world, and the home of ~500 high-growth technology startups and ~1,500 members supported by an entire ecosystem focused on accelerating their growth and creating jobs in the Chicagoland area. Located in a 140,000 square-foot space in The Merchandise Mart, 1871 has 350 current mentors available to its members, as well as more than 100 partner corporations, universities, education programs, accelerators, venture funds and other organizations that make its extensive matrix of resources possible. Visit www.1871.com for more information.
Yun Tai, Director of Communications