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Food and Drink Accelerator

Do you have a new plant-based food or drink idea and looking to scale-up fast?

Our Food and Drink 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 and Drink 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.

Fundraising and-go-to-market

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 four 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 Accelerator is aligned to our Mentoring programme which offers one-on-one business coaching and peer support. 

Applying for the Accelerator

Who is eligible to apply?

If you’re ambitious and interested in scaling-up your business, and fast, the Food and Drink 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.


Please get in touch using the contact form below and our team will be in touch to talk you through our programme to see if this is right for you.

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Interested in the Accelerator?

If you'd like to speak to our team about whether the Accelerator is right for your business, please use our contact form