Through a collaboration between reSET and Hands On Hartford, the Food Incubator & Mentorship program supports food entrepreneurs in the Hartford area to start and grow their food business. We will be joined by expert guest mentors with experience in building and scaling food enterprises.The program includes 2 phases of participation, including introductory workshops and a food incubator. Learn more below.

Applications for the 2020 Food Incubator are now open. Apply here.

What We Offer

Through a collaboration between reSET and Hands On Hartford, the Food Incubator & Mentorship program supports food entrepreneurs in the Hartford area to start and grow their food business. We will be joined by expert guest mentors with experience in building and scaling food enterprises. The program includes 2 phases of participation, including:

  • Introductory Workshops (open to the public, rsvp required)
    • September 25, 2019– Eat Up, Meet Up @ Hands on Hartford (6 pm)
    •  October 29, 2019 – Start, Sustain, and Scale your Food Business @ reSET (5:30 pm)
    • November 14, 2019 – TBD
  • Food Incubator  (application required)
    • 12 weeks (February 12 – April 29 2020; Wednesday night 5:30 – 8 pm)

Introductory Workshops

reSET will host several workshops throughout the fall. These are open to the public free of charge and are a great place to begin if you’re an aspiring food entrepreneur looking for information/resources on how to get started, as well as interested in meeting others trying to do the same. 

Sign up for upcoming workshop.

Food Incubator

Over the 12 week duration, we will cover the basics of business planning:

  • marketing & branding, 
  • pricing your products, 
  • getting to market, as well as connect entrepreneurs with more in-depth technical assistance around issues such as 
  • certification and food regulation technical assistance 

In addition, we reSET + HOH will support our food entrepreneurs in connecting with experienced mentors, potential investors, and access to resources, such as shared kitchen space.

The 2020 Food Incubator begins February 12, 2020. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply now.

February 12-April 29, 2020
Wednesday nights, 5:30-8pm

More detailed schedule to come.

Who is it for?

The Food Incubator is for individuals and micro-enterprises (businesses of 5 people or less) looking to scale their food operation to the next level. The program prioritizes Hartford residents, Hartford-based businesses, and food businesses that primarily serve Hartford residents. 

 

How Much Does it Cost?

Nothing! Thanks to our generous funders we are able to offer the Food Incubator to our applicants for free. Thanks to support from the City of Hartford through Hands On Hartford, additional funds are available to low to moderate income Hartford residents and micro-enterprises to offset certain business costs of growing your business.

The 2020 Food Incubator begins February 12, 2020. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply now.

February 12-April 29, 2020
Wednesday nights, 5:30-8pm

More detailed schedule to come.

Who is it for?

The Food Incubator is for individuals and micro-enterprises (businesses of 5 people or less) looking to scale their food operation to the next level. The program prioritizes Hartford residents, Hartford-based businesses, and food businesses that primarily serve Hartford residents. 

 

How Much Does it Cost?

Nothing! Thanks to our generous funders we are able to offer the Food Incubator to our applicants for free. Thanks to support from the City of Hartford through Hands On Hartford, additional funds are available to low to moderate income Hartford residents and micro-enterprises to offset certain business costs of growing your business.

More Information

For more information about the introductory workshops and/or the food incubator, email Shane Chase, reSET’s Program Director at schase@resetco.org