Why We Launched the Food Startup Bootcamp Tour

At Local Food Lab our mission has always been to support the ideas and companies that are contributing to a healthier, more just and more resilient food system. What began as an in-person startup accelerator for 30 food entrepreneurs, grew into an online food startup community of over 2500 members from 48 countries.

As the Local Food Lab community grew, we marveled at the number of innovative and inspirational startups that are solving deep customer pain points while using new business models that chip away at some of the most glaring market failures in our current food system. Our member startups are reducing food waste, ensuring fair labor standards, offering responsibly sourced food at affordable prices and much more.

But even as our community grew we kept hearing the same feedback from our members—what happened to LFL’s business classes and bootcamps? When can I take a course in my city?

While we originally thought our online hub would make our offerings more accessible to entrepreneurs around the country and around the world we had overlooked one of the most important parts of entrepreneurship—in-person, real life connections. Your invaluable feedback helped us to realize that startups are ultimately made up of people serving other people and that while online communities help accelerate connections among people, they can never fully take the place of face-to-face learning, sharing and nurturing.

So, due to popular demand, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our first-ever Food Startup Bootcamp Tour. Over the course of the next year we will be bringing our beloved Food Startup curriculum to 10 major cities around the United States. We’ve condensed the most crucial elements of our month-long program into a single day bootcamp that’s perfect for food entrepreneurs and individuals interested in working for food startups.

The Food Startup Bootcamp will focus on the most important lessons of entrepreneurship and building startups through the lens of food and agriculture. We’ll balance startup best-practices from Silicon Valley with wisdom from the world of social entrepreneurship and impact investing. At the end of the intensive one-day business course, students will walk away with a business plan and investor pitch outline that can be used again and again as your startup grows, pivots and scales. Students will hear from experienced food and farm entrepreneurs and forge invaluable connections with other food entrepreneurs in their area.

Thank you for all the ongoing feedback and support—keep it coming! With your help we can continue to evolve LFL to better serve YOU—the radical thinkers using entrepreneurship to solve some of the most challenging problems of our time. We're looking forward to learning your story at an upcoming bootcamp.

— Krysia, Mateo, Ellie & James