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Good Food Business Accelerator

The Good Food Business Acclerator (GFA), developed by FamilyFarmed, supports food businesses in the Chicago foodshed through mentoring, business planning and access to capital. The goal of this entrepreneurial training model is to support food entrepreneurs to develop business skills and facilitate access to resources that allow them to successfully launch or expand profitable businesses, resulting in the expanded production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food.

Food:Land:Opportunity was a lead funder at the launch of GFA in 2014 and has provided annual support since. FamilyFarmed continues to refine its programming to meet the changing needs of the entrepreneurs and the market, such as creating programs that provide flexible, custom technical assistance, ad-hoc coaching, specialized curriculum and community partnerships. In 2018, expanded training programs will target entrepreneurs in underserved communities, and will provide Accelerator alumni and other food business with continuing education and specialized assistance.

To date, four cohorts of fellows representing 36 businesses have graduated from GFA raising over $15 million in grants, debt and equity financing. Businesses within the entrepreneurial network have raised an additional $37.5 million while also increasing market distribution and sales.

This project supports these strategic goals:

  • Equip farmers and food entrepreneurs with necessary skills.
  • Grow networks of farmers.
  • Recruit new, local talent to the sector.
  • Grow networks of supply chain players.



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