Feeding Innovation

Feeding Innovation is a comprehensive technical assistance program designed to support entrepreneurs interested in developing or expanding healthy food businesses in food deserts or underserved areas of the state. Examples of businesses include farmers’ markets, mobile markets, corner stores, and CSAs. The program’s goal is increasing access to healthy food while supporting the development of strong, local entrepreneurs and community-based businesses.  At the end of the program, participants will pitch their requests for funding to a panel judges and the entrepreneur with the strongest business plan will receive a $12,500 seed capital award.

Feeding Innovation Anderson

The SC Community Loan Fund and Clemson Extension are now accepting applications for Feeding Innovation Anderson. Healthy food producers and retailers in Anderson County and the surrounding areas who are interested in opening or expanding a healthy food business are welcome to apply. Participants must have an interest and focus on increasing access to
healthy food in underserved areas.

Dates:

October 2 – November 20
Every Tuesday
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location:

Anderson County Cooperative Extension
313 South Towers Street
Anderson, SC

What to Expect:

  • An 8-week course with mentorship through NxLevel Courses
  • The skills and knowledge you need to successfully operate a healthy food business
  • An unparalleled networking opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs
  • A solidified business plan
  • Pitching your business plan to a panel of judges for a chance to win $12,500 in seed capital
  • Leaving the course with an actionable plan and next steps for starting or expanding your business

All participants must commit to attending each class as well as the program orientation and final pitch event. Participation requires a $100 reimbursable deposit that will be returned to each participant following the successful completion of the course and final pitch. Feeding Innovation Anderson will be limited to 15 participants. All interested parties should contact Anna Lewin for an application at anna@sccommunityloanfund.org.

Completed applications must be submitted to Anna by 5:00 PM on August 31, 2018 and selected applicants will be notified how to register for the program.

Program Contact

Will Culler
wculler@clemson.edu
803.206.9795