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Until the virtual Food Incubation Summit this September

We're back this September!

Receive info on our 2021 virtual summit

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On sale until July 31st, 2021 while quanities last

Are you a non-profit?

Qualifying incubator kitchens can apply for an Equity & Inclusion Scholarship

 

WHAT IS THE FOOD INCUBATION SUMMIT?

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The only event of its kind, the 3rd annual Food Incubation Summit is a 3-day event complete with virtual education sessions, tours, and networking, and culminating in a celebration of all things food incubation.

Kitchens as a service (KAAS) are spreading around the country, propelled by America’s changing tastes, need for convenience, and an expanding market for healthy, fresh, local, and sustainable specialty foods. By providing entrepreneurs, producers, and food access programs with affordable commercial kitchen space, KAAS can help strengthen local food systems and build community prosperity.

Globally, KAAS are being embraced as tools to achieve a wide variety of community impact goals, from job creation to workforce training, healthy food access to nutrition education, farm viability to localizing the food economy, and neighborhood revitalization to tourism. Additionally, investments in KAAS can offer more inclusive economic opportunities. Because of this, the shared-use commercial kitchen has become a critical tool for overcoming obstacles entrepreneurs with limited resources face when entering the food industry.

The Network for Incubator and Commissary Kitchens (NICK), moderated by The Food Corridor, is the largest network of KAAS in the world. The NICK supports the food industry through sharing data, best practices, and technical assistance to build and grow successful shared-use kitchen businesses.
 
The Food Incubation Summit, produced by The Food Corridor, is designed to support this community in order to achieve their mission of enabing efficiency, growth, and innovation in local food. 

who is this for?

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Food Incubator Administrators
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Commissary Kitchen Operators
Industry Service Providers

what's happening?

This year, we're going virtual

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Expert Panels
Quick-fire Talks
Networking
1:1 Mentoring
Breakout Sessions

A look back at 2019 

Testimonials

"Dynamic and engaging-- not your usual conference!"

"Good conversation with great people."

"Honest discussion about challenges, sharing of ideas, range of models represented among speakers and in the audience."

 

"I loved meeting all the other great folks working in the shared kitchen / incubator space!"

"There was such a variety of views, concepts, and experience. I felt I could find an answer to any question if I found the right person. Everyone was so open and honest, it created a very comfortable environment for sharing. It was also great to be in a room where I didn't have to explain what a food incubator is."

"This was such an incredible learning experience and I am so proud to be part of it."

"This was so valuable to me. The opportunity to hear what others are doing and how their businesses are run was eye-opening. There were so many variations of my small business model that I was not aware of. It inspired me to level up my game!"

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INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPEAKER THIS YEAR?

It takes just 5 minutes to apply.  We want to know what knowledge you have to share in the world of shared use kitchens, food incubation, and/or food service.

​TOPICS WE'RE LOOKING FOR:​

 

  • Lessons learned in building out kitchens

  • Food safety: compliance, audits, plans, staff training

  • Helping food businesses scale

  • Operating a kitchen 101 & 201

  • Best practices for rural kitchens

  • Macro trends in the industry

  • Strategies for working with underserved populations

  • Programming & incubation curriculum

  • Regulatory landscape: laws & certifications

  • Working with delivery services/ghost kitchens

  • Access to funding/financing for kitchens

  • Leveraging partnerships

  • Facilitating distribution and co-packing

  • Growing into 2nd locations, finding tenants, marketing

  • Kitchen pivots and impacts of COVID

  • Innovative approaches, solutions, and programs

 
 

2019 speakers

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ACEnet

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Fork Food Lab

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Nextbite Brands

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Food Innovation Network

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CommonWealth Kitchen

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Prepped (Arizona State University)

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GhostLine

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Association of Food and Drug Officials

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Whole Brain Consulting

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PREP ATX

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Chef Space

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UT Nutrition Institute

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Mile Rock

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WeWork Food Labs

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The Food Corridor

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Food Industry Employment Program

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La Cocina - SF

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The Cook's Nook

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Cece's Veggie Co.

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Akron Food Works

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CommonWealth Kitchen

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Alamo Kitchens

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CAVU Venture Partners

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Claggett Wolfe Associates

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Springdale Ventures

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Galley Solutions

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RPM Kitchens

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La Cocina VA

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Chobani Incubator

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Dirty Hands

 

schedule

Looking for the detailed hourly agenda with sessions and speakers? Click below.

Tues Oct 22 

NICK WELCOME RECEPTION

LOCATION: BARZON

PM-7PM CDT

Come meet and mingle with your friends from the Networking for Incubator and Commissary Kitchens.

Wed Oct 23

7:30AM-5PM CDT

ANNUAL MEETING

LOCATION: MEET AT RELAY

A day of learning for the Networking for Incubator and Commissary Kitchens. Includes a keynote from The Food Corridor, expert panel, networking lunch, coordinated breakouts and 1:1 mentoring sessions.

7PM-9PM CDT

VIP DINNER

LOCATION: INTERO

INVITATION ONLY

Day one will conclude with an invite-only VIP dinner for sponsors and local influencers, catered by Austin's finest local cuisine. 

Thurs Oct 24 

8AM - 8:50AM CDT

CPG MORNING MEETUP

LOCATION: BREW AND BREW

Wake Up! CPG Conversations Over Coffee. Attendees will join CPG Investors and specialty CPG service providers in a lively discussion in support of the local CPG ecosystem.

Food system bus tour brought to you by:

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8:50AM - 3PM CDT

AUSTIN FOOD SYSTEM BUS TOUR

LOCATION: VARIOUS

Join us for a multi-stop bus tour and get an inside peek into a local: urban farm, food-based non-profit,  farm to table restaurant, and a local kitchen incubator.

Food system bus tour brought to you by:

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5PM - 8:PM CDT

AUSTIN FOOD INCUBATION SHOWCASE

LOCATION: WEWORK

​The Summit culminates with a panel of Austin influencers describing their local CPG scene, local food entrepreneurs showcasing their products, and food and live music from local Austin artisans and musicians.

Celebration showcase brought to you by:

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sponsorship

2021 sponsorship deck has arrived!

Interested in becoming a sponsor?

You're in great company
Check out our 2021 sponsors so far!

Presenting Sponsor

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Summit Sponsor

Other 2021 Sponsors

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Special Thanks to our 2021 Equity & Inclusion (E&I) Sponsors

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Their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in food entrepreneurship and incubation has made it possible to underwrite Summit scholarships for nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs who are committed to supporting underserved entrepreneurs in their communities.