THE FOOD VENTURE PROGRAM

Food industry knowledge, business education, and executive mentorship

for food & beverage entrepreneurs.

COURSES & RESOURCES

 

PROGRAM:

FOOD ENTREPRENEUR BOOT CAMP

SERVICE:

E-COMMERCE for RESTAURANTS

GET YOUR RESTAURANT'S WEBSITE WORKING FOR
E-COMMERCE

COURSE:
3-HR SUSTAINABILITY
WORKSHOP

Our various courses and programs are specifically designed for food and beverage entrepreneurs looking to start or build their businesses and to learn more about the ins and outs of the food industry. Our programs can be manipulated for various audiences based on varying stages of business development. Facilitators of our programs and courses are food industry experts including chefs, dietitians, university and college teachers, successful business owners, and food industry professionals  with over 20+ years of experience in the food and beverage industry.

Turn an idea into a tangible reality!

12-week program with weekly 3-hr classes.

One-on-one professional food industry mentorship.

Upcoming online offerings via ZOOM:

Start Dates:


Current cohort in progress.

 Late registrants welcome.

Next cohort starts:
Thurs September 10, 2020
6-9pm EST via Zoom

This is a service to help restaurants, bistros, bars and other food businesses convert their websites to accept online orders, take payment and arrange pick up times.

Turn around to complete this can be as short as 48 hours.

Ask us about funding support.

Available now

A 3-hr workshop on the basics of developing a sustainable business model with a focus on food sustainability and using your business to feed into the circular food economy.

Receive one on one mentorship from businesses who have successfully implemented food sustainability models.

June 18, 2020
5:30pm-8:30pm EST
Via Zoom

 

WHO WE ARE

SIMA GANDHI

Founder/Facilitator of FVP

Owner of Innovator Lab
Experiential Ed Designer & Facilitator.

Founder - www.Riince.com

Founder - www.Readably.me
Food Business Consultant

Favorite thing about working in food industry:

"Love the people in the food innovation ecosystem!"

Something you couldn't live without:
"Dark chocolate with almonds!"

DEREK VELLA, Chef

Manager and Instructor of Research & Development at Guelph Food Innovation Centre, Product Developer/Consultant

Instructor of FVP

Favorite thing about working in food industry:

"I get to be creative, technical and academic all at the same time - in a field that I still love to learn about  everyday."

 

Something you couldn't live without:
"Chilies - fresh, dried, smoked, fermented"

WINNIE CHIU

Project Manager, Innovation at EarthFresh Foods

25 years experienced Food Scientist specializing in product development and applied research to commercialization.

Favorite thing about working in food industry:

"The diversity and variety of products." 

 

Something you couldn't live without:
"C
itrus fruit!"

BRIAN MARCH

Sales Director, Ontario & Western Canada, Food & Beverage Division, Sani Marc Inc.

21 Years Food Industry experience

Favorite thing about working in food industry:

"Ever-changing, never boring, always challenging and intriguing, the food industry offers many most fulfilling careers."

 

Something you couldn't live without:
"Quiet morning coffee time
"

KIRAN BAINS, MSc, RD

Founder/Facilitator of FVP

Registered Dietitian

Owner of edovivo.com 

Co Founder of Upcycle Kitchen

Favorite thing about working in food industry:
"Every day is so different when you're a food product consultant. It keeps life interesting!"

Something you couldn't live without:
"Salted butter and high-fat dairy products!"

HELEN LANGFORD

President of Groupex Canada

Founder and co-owner of HSL Consulting:  Consulting services to the food, food service and retail segments

20+ yrs in food service industry

Favorite thing about working in food industry:

"Leading people and business is my passion...  I love the industry because it is so fast paced, changes all the time and I love nothing more than the preparation of a great meal shared with family and friends."

 

Something you couldn't live without:
"M
y perfectly brewed cup of coffee that I make in my French Press I have had for, well, a long time."

DON BOURNE

Client Service Advisor, Mentor

Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, Georgian College

Founder, Bourne Principles, Entrepreneurship Consulting.

Favorite thing about working in food industry:

"Passionate about helping entrepreneurs start, build and grow profitable companies.."

 

Something you couldn't live without:
"Small batch beef jerky
"

 

ABOUT THE FOOD VENTURE PROGRAM

The Food Venture Program (FVP) is a collaboration of senior business mentors, food industry executives, chefs, product developers and dietitians in the food industry. 

Designed by Sima Gandhi and Kiran Bains, FVP offers educational programming based on design thinking with experiential workshops for food & beverage entrepreneurs across North America. 

Sima is owner of InnovatorLab.ca, previous manager for entrepreneurship programs at MaRS Discovery District (MaRSDD.com), workshop facilitator at Food Starter Toronto, 2018 EIR for the Toronto Public Library and founder of riince.com. 

Kiran Bains, MSc, RD is a registered dietitian and owner of edovivo.com, a food industry consultancy and food and nutrition marketing agency. Kiran is also co-founder of the Upcycle Kitchen - a not for profit consumer packaged goods company in Guelph, that focuses on food system sustainability.

 

OUR PARTNERS & CLIENTS

 

GET IN TOUCH!

Sima Gandhi                  email:  InnovatorLab.ca@gmail.com

Kiran Bains                     email:  KBains@uoguelph.ca

THE FOOD VENTURE PROGRAM

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