What is FoodLab Sydney?
FoodLab is a for-purpose food business incubator comprised of exceptional food artisans and experienced business professionals passionate about helping people launch their own food businesses.
We equip people with the skills, tools, networks and resources needed to become a sustainable food enterprise in Sydney.
By empowering individuals and communities with the capabilities they need to participate in a thriving local food system, collectively we can make Sydney a more vibrant and diverse place to live and eat.
How does it work?
Each year, FoodLab Sydney takes on two cohorts of participants from all different walks of life, backgrounds, cultures, and with different food ideas, but each with a passion and desire to make a difference in their lives, or their communities, through food.
Participants join FoodLab by application, and upon acceptance undertake a structured four-month program that includes an orientation and induction, 10 weeks online food business and entrepreneurship course, and 10 weeks basic kitchen skills taught through TAFE NSW.
Participants get access to:
Experienced mentors and guest speakers
70+ worksheets and checklists
Hands-on and practical weekly workshops on business and kitchen skills
TAFE Certificate II Qualification
Food business consultation
Connection to 100s of local food businesses and suppliers
Advocating fair, local and sustainable food
Strategic and branding focused content
TAFE, Sydney University and City of Sydney resources
Online videos and content
Who can apply?
No prior education or experience is necessary to enrol in the program. The FoodLab Sydney program is ideal for people above 18 who are:
Considering launching a food business and becoming self-employed,
Already launched their food business and looking for guidance, strategic support and connections to suppliers,
Wanting to better use their passion and love for food and help make Sydney a better place to live and eat.
FoodLab is passionate about embracing:
People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
Anyone experiencing some kind of disadvantage in getting a job or starting a business
People who live and breathe food, and want to learn more about where their food comes from