Transforming your food and drink idea into a successful commercial reality
Our Food Accelerator programme based at the Medway Food Innovation Centre, offers technical, business and financial support to help take your concept to market.
How does the Food Accelerator work?
There are four main stages in the Food Accelerator programme.
Idea and Feasibility Check
We will work with you to help make sure your concept is ready to move on to the next stage.
Starting with establishing a proof of concept, you will develop a proposition to clearly define why your product or service will be of value to a consumer. You will then write a plan to take your idea to market.
Business model consolidation
We will support you to develop a clear business model, check the size of the market demand and establish how ready your business is for investment.
Validation and prototyping
Our technical team will help to test and develop your prototypes, using the cutting-edge facilities at the Medway Food Innovation Centre.
We will also be able to offer an assessment of the potential to scale-up your business.
Once you have a clear proposition and have tested the product, it’s time to get funding to get your product to market.
We will work with you to develop an innovation and funding strategy, get you pitch-ready and introduce you to potential investors and commercial partners.
The programme will run over a 6 month period and include training, workshops and events. There will be lots of opportunity to network and meet other businesses operating in the sector.
The Food Accelerator is aligned to the Growing Kent & Medway Mentoring programme which offers one-on-one business coaching, as well as the experts at Innovate UK Edge.
Who is eligible to apply?
If you’re ambitious and interested in scaling-up your business, and fast, the Food Accelerator programme could be right for you.
We will support plant-based food and drink businesses from across the supply chain, including food products, technology or related services.
Your business must be based in Kent or Medway.
Why should I sign up for the Accelerator?
You will receive intensive support and guidance to help make your business goals a reality.
We cover a broad range of areas, including technology, consumer insight, regulatory factors, financial support and marketing.
Reasons to join the Accelerator:
- Expert guidance
- Peer-to-peer support
- Business mentoring
- Advice on accessing finance and investment readiness.
Applications will open soon. Please sign up to the Growing Kent & Medway network to be the first to hear about Food Accelerator.