17 local food businesses accepted to begin Food Accelerator

Social Enterprise Greenhouse has announced that 17 Rhode Island-based food businesses began their Food Accelerator program last week.

The cohort has embarked on a 12-week journey that provides the entrepreneurs with the tools, networks and resources to validate their idea, understand their customer, and formalize growth strategies. 

Meet the 2019 Food Accelerator Cohort:

Boston Pita Cafe is a North Attleboro restaurant that offers shawarma pita wraps, salads, and rice bowls fresh to order and our mission is to create franchise opportunities for economically or socially disadvantaged individuals.

Celebrated is a private dessert studio based in Providence, RI with a mission to create a more eco-friendly food space. All our desserts are made with the highest quality vegan ingredients, while our sustainable business practices minimize our impact on the environment.

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Deep Roots Farm is creating a healthier and more connected world through pasture-based farming; bringing the best tasting and most nutritious food possible to local communities.

Dukho Farms, Ltd is committed to producing affordable, high-quality and organic staple food crops, specifically to consumers at the economic ladder in Liberia.

Dune Brothers exists to create a market for local / underutilized species of fish while educating the public on local resources and producers.

EatWell Meal Kits‘ mission is to make healthy eating more available to low-income, urban families. EatWell healthy meal kits are sold at rush hour pop-up kiosks in low-income Boston metro neighborhoods.

Fit Bites Bakery offers an alternative to traditional high-fat, high-sugar, and high-calorie desserts. Our desserts perfectly integrate good-for-you ingredients without affecting taste.

foodSCAPE is on a mission to maximize the value of food in schools and minimize environmental degradation through education, food recovery, and highest value diversion of food waste.

goTeff is the world’s first impact trade Teff company. For every bag of Teff you buy, we re-invest profits into Ethiopian farmers to scale up production capacity.

Incred-A-Bowl is a Providence-based food truck that offers delicious food with bowled flavors. Our mission is to provide delicious healthier food options in a QSR (quick service restaurant) style restaurant.

Latino Beer and Wine Festival connects disjointed communities through the exchange of cultures over drinks.

Mindful Maia’s Juice & Tea is a California influenced fresh juice shop on wheels that promotes better sleep, skin, and appetite by adding fresh juices to one’s diet.

Moor Food is a biointensive organic vegetable, herb and flower farm in Seekonk, MA that provides high quality and culturally-relevant healthy food to the Greater Providence and RI region, with a particular focus in reducing food insecurity for communities of color and immigrant communities.

Cloverbud Ranch raises top quality grass-fed beef on lush coastal pasture to the highest humane, environmental, and culinary standards.

NovaPlate provides the average working american living a fast-paced, technical lifestyle with delicious, healthy, and creative prepped food.

Sweet Pea Farm’s mission is to cultivate sustainably-grown vegetables and cut flowers on three acres in Charlestown, RI for the Rhode Island community, while providing a living wage for its employees.

The Oyster Wench’s Block Island Shellfish Farm provides shellfish and seaweed through sustainable aquaculture on Block Island.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse invites the public to join them on April 4th for their 2019 Food Accelerator Pitch Night.

The 2019 Food Accelerator is made possible by the RI Department of Labor and Training’s Real Jobs RI initiativeThe Meera and Ashok Vasuden Foundation, and the Blount Fine Foods Fund. The program is also made possible by SEG’s network of 300+ volunteer coaches and advisors, many of whom are business and community leaders in Rhode Island.