Food Venture Accelerator

FOOD BUSINESS ACCELERATOR PROGRAM – Elevate Your Growing Food Business in 12 Weeks!

Applications Currently Closed - Waitlist Opens Soon

Program Overview

Targeted at food business owners in the DC, MD, and VA areas, the LEDC Food Business Accelerator is a bilingual, 12-week intensive program for entrepreneurs looking to scale their operations.

With a focus on businesses generating over $3,500 monthly, the program offers:

  • Advanced Growth Strategies: Techniques to enhance sales, refine menus, and optimize financial management.
  • Expert-Led Training: Industry experts lead intensive sessions and hands-on workshops.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connections with chefs, consultants, and small business loan officers.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: In-depth courses in finance, marketing, restaurant operation, and licensing.
  • Certifications and Assistance: Food Manager Course and Certification (16 hours), plus one-on-one technical support.
  • Financial Literacy and Support: Training and potential access to credit-building or seed loans up to $2,500* and assistance with temporary commercial kitchen placement* (*conditions apply).

Program Goal

  • Equip participants with strategies and tools for business expansion, diversification, and increased market impact.
  • Help participants increase revenues and achieve sustainable growth.

Program Outcomes

  • Enhanced Business Acumen: Deep knowledge in finance, marketing, and operations.
  • Practical Skills and Certification: Hands-on experience and Food Manager Certification.
  • Expanded Network: Valuable connections with industry professionals.
  • Customized Business Strategies: Tailored approaches for business growth and operational efficiency.
  • Financial Literacy and Capital Access: Improved financial understanding and ideas for potential seed funding.

Who should apply? We encourage applications from:

  • Food entrepreneurs in DC, MD and Virginia seeking business growth.
  • Businesses offering healthy options or in underserved neighborhoods.
  • Ideal Candidates: Committed entrepreneurs ready for a transformative growth experience.