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Week Program Focused On Food & Beverage Businesses
Hours of Workshops & Mentoring
Industry Experts & Mentors Giving Advice
Dollars in Cash Seed Funding To Kickstart Your Venture

($600 registration fee for successful applicants)

Just 12 places available to the most cutting edge businesses on the Sunshine Coast.

Grow Coastal is the Sunshine Coast’s first food accelerator. We’re looking to support 12 innovative and ambitious food startups from the Sunshine Coast region, by giving them the skills, connections and opportunities they need to take their business to the next level.

How It Works

Is Grow Coastal right for you?

We’re looking for disruptive food and beverage innovators with high growth potential.
You can be at concept stage, have a prototype or already be trading.

Most importantly, you need to:

  • Be passionate, enthusiastic and enterprising
  • Have a cool, innovative food and beverage product that is easily scaleable
  • Be committed to making the most of the program, its network and its opportunities
  • Be based in the Sunshine Coast area, including Noosa, Moreton Bay and Gympie

What Will You Achieve?

Validate your idea through product testing and market research opportunities

Develop a strategy and business plan with clear milestones that bring your vision to life

Launch at our Demo Day to industry leaders, media, potential customers and investors

Gain brand exposure and build a community of followers through our PR and video opportunities

Build a global network of key business connections and mentors with industry experience

Expand your business knowledge through our 12-week industry focused program

Understand how to manage your finances, become investment ready and pitch to investors

Launch a rewards based crowdfunding campaign to raise seed funds and build traction

Meet the Mentors

Attend business workshops and receive mentoring, one to one support and industry insights from our community of industry leaders. You will also have access to our extensive mentor network from the IC and FAN.

Our Program Manager

Grow Coastal will be delivered by Tara Mei, Founder of Kitchen Table Projects. Tara has international experience in launching and scaling innovative food businesses.

As a foodpreneur herself, Tara is passionate about turning ideas into a reality. Since launching London’s first retail incubator in June 2015, Tara has supported over 500 food and drink brands from startup to scale up through ground-breaking business bootcamps, incubator and accelerator programmes and building retail pathways for emerging producers to access national retailers. Tara has also developed an unrivalled international network of industry experts, food producers, distributors and buyers, with events attended by hundreds of food community members.

Want to find out more about Tara or about the Grow Coastal program? Email her

Tara Mei

Program Manager

Founder of Kitchen Table Projects

Meet our IC Foodpreneurs

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The IC network has been invaluable to my food startup venture – CrazyFresh. The IC provides catalytic assistance, relevant programs and quick access to highly experienced business mentors. The IC connections and advice ensured my launch in 2016 hit the mark with an ongoing and tangible business development focus.”
Matt Walker, Founder – Crazy Fresh

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Application Deadline: 5pm 27th February 2017

Just 12 places available

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