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Our Model

SPICE - Supporting the Pursuit of Innovative Culinary Entrepreneurs.

 
 

SPICE Kitchen Incubator is a food business incubator focused on creating opportunities for refugees and disadvantaged individuals. The goal is to improve the chances of start-up and early-stage businesses of growing into healthy, viable companies. SPICE Kitchen Incubator ensures participants have affordable access to commercial kitchen space where they can learn commercial kitchen operations, proper food handling procedures, and the necessary steps to continue building their businesses. Our model is inspired by the work of La Cocina in San Francisco, CA.

 
 

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Application and Enrollment 

Participants are recruited from the local community, attend an orientation session, and are assessed to determine if they have the entrepreneurial spirit, product viability, and community focus needed to run a successful food business. 

4-6 months

Pre-Incubation

During this six month phase, participants receive technical assistance to establish the foundations of their business plan including product development, marketing, finances, and operations.

6 months - 4 years

Incubation

Participants whose pre-incubation phase was successful will move on to the incubation phase and continue to receive technical assistance while accessing affordable, commercial kitchen space to launch their businesses. They also will have access to capital and resources to grow sales and build their business. 

Ongoing

Graduation

Once participants meet all established incubation benchmarks, they are eligible for graduation and move their business out of Spice Kitchen Incubator while still remaining part of the alumni community. Some participants may continue to utilize the cooperative renting commercial kitchen space and other resources.

 
 

Spice Kitchen Incubator Services

 

Access to Commercial Kitchen Space

Commissary kitchen space and storage is avialable. Members in incubation and alumni community pay a discounted rate.

Industry-Specific Technical Assistance

Professionals provide free or subsidized technical assistance in marketing, operations, product development and access to capital.

Workshops

Our partners and staff provide workshops covering various aspects of owning a food business.

Access to Markets and Market Positioning

We connect entrepreneurs with market opportunities and co-branding through Spice Kitchen Incubator for the mainstream markets.

 
 
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How to Apply

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Cohorts generally start in April and October.  If you or someone you know is interested in owning a food business, please contact us at 385-229-4703 or spice.kitchenincubator@rescue.org for more information.

 
 
 

Application Process

1. Application: Apply using the link below or contact the Spice team at spice.kitchenincubator@rescue.org. Applications are accepted year-round and processed in April and October. All applicants must submit verification of legal residency (I-94) or U.S. citizenship. 

2. Orientation: Contact Spice to schedule your personal orientation to learn more about Spice Kitchen Incubator.

3. Interview: Setup an interview with the Spice team to present your product, business idea, and financial goals. 

4. Acceptance Notification: Following acceptance, you will meet with a Spice staff member to sign necessary documents and begin the pre-incubation process. 

 

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