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Programs

Our courses are always offered LIVE and online! Our programs are designed for food and beverage entrepreneurs looking to start or build their businesses and to learn more about food industry! All of our programs include 1-1 mentorship with executives and business owners in the food industry as well as access to a community of other food/beverage entrepreneurs in your shoes!

 
Uncovering Hidden Value - Circularity & Sustainability in Food Production
Farm to Retail Program
Restaurant Recovery - Pivot to CPG
Have a recipe idea you want to commercialize and bring to market? This course is 6 hrs in total, spread over 2 days.
12-Week Food Venture Bootcamp
This program is for new food and beverage entrepreneurs looking to develop a consumer packaged good
Restaurant Recovery - CPG & Tourism
Looking for solutions for restaurant/food industry recovery within your city? This program is a 5-day snapshot for restaurant-owners wanting to turn a recipe into a consumer packaged good to grow sales lost from in-house diners. This program also provides a focus on promoting local and generating business for local economies.
Half-Day: Founding & Funding your Food Business
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About Us

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.

 
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Our Team

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    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!"

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    KIRAN BAINS, MSc, RD

    Founder/Facilitator of FVP

    Registered Dietitian

    Owner of edovivo.com 

    Sustainability Researcher for IPES-Food

    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!"

  • DEREK VELLA

    Director and Instructor at Guelph Food Innovation Centre

    Product Developer/Consultant
    Chef

    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"

  • DANA MCCAULEY

    Chief Innovation Officer, Blue Unicorn Innovation

    Food Product Development Expert
    Previous judge on Food Network's Recipe to Riches

    Favorite thing about working in food industry:

    "The people!  When the going gets tough, people in the food industry rise to the occasion and help one another out."

    Something you couldn't live without:
    "Electricity. My idea of camping is one plug in the bathroom."

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    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."

  • 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!"

  • KAREN CARDONA

    Founder/Owner, True Leaves Consulting

    Food & Beverage expertise from conceptualization to commercialization

    Former director of operations and product development specialist 

    Favorite thing about working in food industry:

    "I love visiting food production plants and learning about the different processes used to automate production."

     

    Something you couldn't live without:
    "Apple cider vinegar and citrus juice - basically anything that provides acidity to a dish."

  • 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
    "

  • 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
    "

  • AMANDA KLARER

    Director of Food Systems Resilience 

     

    Value Chain Enrichment Consultant 

    10+ years of experience in urban & rural global agri-food value chains

    Favorite thing about working in the food industry:

    “Everyone eats. Food connects us all. We all have something to learn.”

     

    Something you couldn’t live without:

    “Farmers”

 

FVP In the Media

Circular Business Highlight of the Week: Food Venture Program

Guelph Today

Ted Rogers School of Management Guest Speaker

Country Guide

Restaurant's Canada

FVP Speaks at Xcelerate Summit 2020

 

Our Partners

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Perri R. Owner of Dairy Belles

The  Food Venture Program really helped me establish a clear direction for launching my food business... I had spent a significant investment of my savings trying to launch my business venture, and if I had taken this course (12-week Food Venture Bootcamp) earlier I'm positive it would have saved me time, money, and the stress of not knowing!

I advise anyone who is interested in starting up a food business to take this course first because by the end you will be ready to pitch your food product to potential buyers with confidence.

www.dairybelles.com

Laura Lukasik

Manager, Tourism & Special Events

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Sima and Kiran on a program designed for foodpreneurs wanting to take their products to market.

These amazing women brought relevant content to the program along with their own expertise and ensured the syllabus was organized and flowed smoothly.

Sima and Kiran kept us, as staff, up-to-date with the progress of the program and shared session notes and participant feedback. I am happy to recommend Sima and Kiran from the Food Venture Program if you are looking for intelligent and well organized food experts to deliver programming.

Jeff D. Owner of Island Son Canada

Kiran and Sima combined to knock this program out of the park! I learned a lot in a very short amount of time and made some great connections too!"

www.islandson.ca

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