Scale up your Food & Beverage product with CPG expertise, real-world business skills, and personal insights from respected industry leaders.
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Applications for our Food Accelerator are now closed. To get notified when applications open, join our waitlist below.
Cohorts and graduates of our Food Accelerator program will get ongoing access to peer founder circles and other startup perks from the BEA Learning Community.
"YSpace has opened the entrepreneurial boulevard view for me. I’ve always known what I wanted to do, but it seemed almost impossible to put all the multiple pieces together with no business background or mentors in my community to rely on. Thankfully to YSpace, I have found inspiring and dedicated mentors who patiently helped me organize the dots to start building a solid business foundation. I am very grateful to the program.”
Taltis Foods INC
“The YSpace Food Accelerator was an insightful experience into the world of food. Experts and mentors, along every step of the food journey, were present to pass along hard-earned knowledge. From digital to in-store marketing, sustainable processes and packaging, and accounting to e-commerce metrics, the Food Accelerator helped lay our company’s foundations in the food and beverage world.”
“YSpace program wasn’t just an opportunity to learn how I can grow and scale my business - I feel like I am now part of an extended family that is continuously rooting for my success. Also, the mentors and peers I connected with through this program have become a vital piece that bridges the gap for an immigrant founder, like me.”
“BEA is the real deal! There are many programs in our community seeking to help entrepreneurs launch, grow and scale their businesses. BEA makes it happen! Not only do they provide you with the necessary training, skills, and education—they provide the connections that can give you the right opportunity to network and catapult your business to the next level.”
“This program was one of the best programs I’ve come across for my own personal growth in business, but also in confidence and readiness. The guest speakers and mentors were absolutely amazing in making sure we understood what was going on in each session.”
Honey Soul Food Restaurant
Learn more details about the program below, or get in touch with us for all other enquiries.
The BEA’s Food Accelerator program is a 5-month accelerator program for Black-founded Food & Beverage businesses of consumer packaged goods (CPG).
Applications for our next Food Accelerator are now closed. Join our waitlist to get notified about our next cohort.
Nothing! All BEA programs are free and non-dilutive (we take no equity).
Our Food Accelerator is open to all Black-identifying individuals over the age of 18, located within Southern Ontario.
We’re looking for Food & Beverage ventures that meet the following criteria:
Participants are expected to contribute a minimum of 3 – 5 hours a week to participate in the educational workshops and connect with their mentors. Any additional time they have to complete the work required to push their business idea forward will be up to the participant.
A maximum of 10 applicants will be chosen for the program during each cohort.
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