Fair Food Business Boot Camp
Fair Food Network’s Fair
Food Fund provides financing and business assistance to good food
enterprises that are growing vibrant local food systems. We finance innovative businesses that are
supporting resilient working farms and strong local food economies in the
Northeastern United States. Lending is
bolstered with business assistance including an annual business boot camp and
one-on-one consulting. Fair Food Network launched
the Fair Food Fund in 2012 to build robust regional food systems—and in the
process, help exceptional, innovative businesses turn potential into profit.
Business Boot Camp
three-day event, December 5-7, 2017, includes skill building sessions with industry mentors and
fellow entrepreneurs to help selected entrepreneurs refine their business
model, solidify plans, and accelerate growth. Topics include marketing, telling
your story, break-even analysis, understanding financial statements,
fundraising, and more.
This year’s Boot Camp will be at Lindentree Farm in Lincoln,
Massachusetts. The culminating pitch fest will be held Harvard Pilgrim Health
Care Foundation in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
The Boot Camp is FREE for
selected entrepreneurs including room and board. Plus, participants
have the chance to win $10,000 in cash prizes at the culminating pitch competition. Individuals applying to attend the program must either be a founding member of the enterprise or a member of the executive leadership team.
We’re looking for enterprises that meet
the following general criteria:
to building vibrant regional food systems in the Northeastern United States
(Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
consideration is given to enterprises that provide processing, marketing,
local/regional food distribution, or information technology platforms that link
farms with consumers and/or wholesale customers.
Preference given to applicants planning to seek financing in the next