At FAN we have a vision – to actively contribute to the doubling of the region’s food & agribusiness economy by 2030 and to be renowned for our food culture and our culture of food industry innovation. We also have a set of values that inform all that we do. These values are collaboration, sharing, leadership & integrity. So, when the Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast came to us with the idea of partnering in their Grow Coastal food accelerator progamme we embraced the concept whole heartedly. The idea of helping producers interested in scaling up fast and bringing their new food and beverage innovations to market was the perfect fit!
With a $12,000 boost and one of the world’s leading food accelerator experts at their side, it’s no wonder these Sunshine Coast food and beverage entrepreneurs are grinning. From more than sixty applications across the Coast, the lucky 12 were chosen for their innovative ideas, scalability and commercial viability.
International food industry expert Tara Mei is delivering the program bringing a great deal of expertise as founder of Kitchen Table Projects of London, having supported the growth of over 500 food and beverage businesses from startup to scale up.
“Demand for quality, innovative food products is growing faster than ever before and there is an opportunity for local businesses to capture that market,” she said.
“The participants are going to be thrown ‘in the pan’ so to speak as we explore crowdfunding, conduct research, host tastings, navigate publicity, engage with industry leaders, secure new customers and build major networks of helpful connections.”
Congratulations to the Grow Coastal team:
Lauren Brisbane of QCamel (FAN member)
James Carruthers of Whole Blend
Pip Thrum of Pip’s Real Food
Karen Barnett of Montville Coffee (FAN member)
Linda Tabone of Suncoast Limes
Jason Janetzki of Brightside Bagels
Natalie Dalton of Frozen Sunshine (FAN member)
Matthew Walker of Crazy Fresh (FAN member)
Andrew Terlich of At One Foods (FAN member)
Ange Jones of Sow Grow Eat
Peter Ansell of Sixty at Sixty
Matt Hepburn of Your Mates Brewing