Last week, District Ventures officially announced the latest addition to our ecosystem – District Ventures Kitchen. Formerly known as Food Starter, District Ventures Kitchen will act as another commercialization component of our ecosystem, offering companies in the food and beverage space access to a commercial kitchen and programming to help them scale their business.
Established in 2015, Food Starter –a not for profit– operated as an incubator for startup food businesses. Located in Toronto, the facility offers 20,000 square feet of shared-use, food safe production, complete with manufacturing equipment including commercial bakery production spaces, hot and cold fill lines, and a full suite of packaging equipment. In early 2019, The Greenbelt Fund and the City of Toronto made investments in Food Starter to ensure the ongoing success of the incubator, while it sought new management. After negotiations with the Food Starter board, District Ventures took over the space to ensure that the needs of clients would continue to be met. Private sector support from national grocery giant, Sobeys, and leading educational food and support services provider, Chartwells Canada, will assist the Kitchen with ongoing growth and programming.
In addition to offering companies the ability to book time to utilize one of the four fully equipped commercial kitchens, District Ventures Kitchen is offering programming that will help startup food companies scale, including Commercial Kitchen 101 and Start-up Boot Camp.
For more information on the District Ventures Kitchen, and to book space, click here: https://districtventureskitchen.com/