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Courses & Services

Our courses and services 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!

Circularity & Sustainability in Food Production
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.
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
FREE Founding & Funding your Food Business
An overview of idea feasibility, food & beverage business start up costs, current food trends & more. This course will help you understand what it takes to run a consumer packaged good food & beverage business I am a Registered Dietitian, passionate about entrepreneurship. I founded The Dietitian Project in March 2020 with the aim of supporting dietitians and dietetic students with the tools to level-up their skills and reach ultimate career satisfaction. With this, I provide business
6 Week Marketing Sprint
Learn the ins and outs of marketing your business in this 6 week online course. Receive 1-1 mentorship.

Live via ZOOM
Web Design
Web development for food or beverage companies including e-commerce set up for online distribution.
Develop Your Brand Story
We teach you how to turn your product journey into a beautiful brand story and help you translate that to your packaging/marketing.
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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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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!"


Director and Instructor at Guelph Food Innovation Centre

Product Developer/Consultant

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"


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:
itrus fruit!"


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


Sales Manager of Central and Western Region for Balcan Plastics

Juror for the SIAL Canada Food Innovation Competition

Co-chair of the PAC Packaging Consortium's Food Waste Leadership Council.

Favorite thing about working in food industry:

"Tasting great food!"


Something you couldn't live without:



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!"



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:
y perfectly brewed cup of coffee that I make in my French Press I have had for, well, a long time."


Director of Operations at

Nuts for Cheese

Product Developer at Kraft Heinz

R&D Manager at Bromatechnologies

Product Development Specialist at Nestle

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."


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


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:



FVP In the Media

Grant Recipients of Seeding our Food Future

Guelph Today

Ted Rogers School of Management Guest Speaker

Country Guide

Restaurant's Canada

FVP Speaks at Xcelerate Summit 2020


Our Partners & Clients

Oliva Market

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