Entrepreneur Testimonials

For so long I’ve been navigating looking for information to better my food business and then it happened. An opportunity so great, a dream situation that any entrepreneur would clear their schedule for. I knew the minute that food venture program was introduced to me that I had to be part of it. Just imagine week after week having different professionals from different sectors of the food business answering your questions  and guiding your next steps towards success.

Knowledge, experience, accountability, services, connections all under one roof.

 

Looking back on those 12 weeks I’ve made the best decision to join this family. I am so grateful to Karla Briones from Invest Ottawa, Sima Gandhi and the whole food venture program. I am now confident I can take my Wawastyle business and products to the next level, thank you.

www.wawastylegroup.com

Perri R. Owner of Dairy Belles

The  Food Venture Program really helped me establish a clear direction for launching my food business.  I had talked to many different professionals trying to obtain information on where to start, and no one really knew details about a food business specifically.  Sima and Kiran introduce many contacts and industry experts who help streamline the overall process of how and where to start when launching a food business.  I had spent a significant investment of my savings trying to launch my business venture, and if I had taken this course 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

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Perri is owner of a dairy farm and developer of "Halloum*eh" - A halloumeh cheese made from 100% Canadian dairy, perfect for grilling!

Anita G. Owner of Anita's Ohm Cooking

The Food Venture Program helped me go from friends and family sales to commercial production. I was able to find sustainable packaging, something I had never considered prior to the program

One of the unexpected highlights was meeting other "dreamers" working on their own ideas.

www.anitasohmcooking.com

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Andrew F. Owner of Cutie Pies

After working on Cutie Pies for 8 years as a side gig, the 12-Week FVP Bootcamp gave me the confidence to focus on it full time

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Cutie Pies are savory small bite-sized baked pies that pair perfectly with tea/coffee! A great alternative to cake and coffee for those who prefer savory treats over sweet!

Jeff Salem, Owner of Salem's Lott Hot Sauces

Sima and her team at Food Venture Program offered an amazing presentation for entrepreneurs looking at getting their start in the food industry or even if you are established you will gain great new information, insights, guidance, tips and mentoring.

 I thoroughly enjoyed each week with a new guest speaker and the diverse coverage of many important topics related to the food industry. 

I took home useful information each week that will continue to help assist me in growing my business further. Thank you once again for offering a well organize course.

www.salemslotthotsauces.com

 

 

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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

Jeff's hot sauce is uniquely made with turmeric and Scotch bonnets. It is also low in sodium!

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M. Ransom, Owner of Latinito Empanadas

The Food Venture Program has provided lots of very useful information for anyone looking to become a food entrepreneur, and is also designed to help established businesses on certain aspects that they could improve to reach a higher number of customers.

 

Many topics were covered by a variety of speakers with different expertise within the food industry, including marketing, packaging, and branding. Many useful tools were also provided such as production cost templates, important contact information, and branding consultations. It was a pleasure to be involved in the program, and I would greatly recommend it to anyone interesting in learning about how to grow their food business.

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Natalie W. Business Resource Clerk

Excellent education content; I think they covered everything the participants need[ed] to know about bringing a food product to market.

I enjoyed the guest speakers throughout the program; I found them very knowledgeable and it was nice to learn from individuals with hands on experience.  You could tell they were experts in their field.

I liked that the students were able to practice their “pitch” many times and I feel they received valuable, useful feedback.


City of Brantford

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Chris F. Kitchener Regional Office Manager

Sima came highly recommended to us by Dana McCauley, who was the former Executive Director for the Toronto Food Starter Incubator and now works for the University of Guelph.

The [FVP] program introduced food processors to the requirements and skills needed to run a successful food processing business. The topics include everything from feasibility, customer discovery, sales to the many regulatory issues including packaging, labeling, sanitation, recipe development.

We have had 100% participation from the participants for every session, even through this COVID crisis when we had to transition from classroom sessions to online video conferencing/webinars. If you are considering having [FVP] delivery this program in your community I highly recommend them.

Waterloo Region Small Business Center

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Jennifer V. Manager, Entrepreneurial Services Planning

After the success of the 2020 program, we are thrilled to be able to offer the Food Venture Program again in 2021. We received an OVERWHELMING response to applications for the FVP program, and we are glad to have access to a program that is so relevant to our community.

We expect this bootcamp to provide entrepreneurs with the food industry specific knowledge they need to take their business further, create employment opportunities, and participate in economic growth and prosperity for the region.

Brampton Entrepreneur Centre

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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.

City of Brampton

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Donna Heslin

Manager Entrepreneurship & Innovation

City of Mississauga

The Food Venture team produced a quality program for our clients at the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre.  During a difficult time for our restaurants they worked with us to provide a tailored solution for these business owners to think outside the box.  The workshops were well received by the community and we were thrilled with the quick turnaround. The feedback from our clients was incredibly positive and we appreciated the regular updates from Sima, ensuring we were in-line on every step.

 

City of Mississauga

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Jennifer V. Manager, Entrepreneurial Services Planning

After the success of the 2020 program, we are thrilled to be able to offer the Food Venture Program again in 2021. We received an OVERWHELMING response to applications for the FVP program, and we are glad to have access to a program that is so relevant to our community.

We expect this bootcamp to provide entrepreneurs with the food industry specific knowledge they need to take their business further, create employment opportunities, and participate in economic growth and prosperity for the region.

Brampton Entrepreneur Centre

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