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Food Venture Initiative (Iniciativa de Emprendimientos Culinarios)

The LEDC Food Venture Initiative is a bilingual program for entrepreneurs in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area that offers training and useful connections in order to develop, test and formalize a business idea in the food industry.

Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to receive valuable training and information from


  • Professional Chefs and Restaurant Consultants
  • Restaurant Managers
  • Restaurant Owners
  • Representatives of Shared Kitchens
  • Business Coaches
  • Small Business Loan Officers
  • Representatives of the Health Department

The Program Includes

  • 4  Workshops covering topics such as finance, marketing, restaurant operation and licensing
  • Food Manager Course and Certification (16 hours)
  • One-on-one technical assistance (4 Hours)
  • Participation in a tasting event 
  • Financial literacy (2 Hours) and access to a credit building loan**

**Credit Building Loan will be given to eligible participants.

For more information please contact  Omar Velasco - [email protected] - (202) 540-7405



Second Cohort

Application and Registration  TBD



We are looking for candidates to be a part of our first cohort!

Ideal candidates will be:

  • Entrepreneurs looking to start a food business within one year in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia. 
  • Entrepreneurs seeking to obtain a food license in DC, Maryland or Virginia.
  • All type of food business projects is welcome. Restaurants, Food Truck, Catering Service

Register here to receive more information!