We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Agriculture to conduct this combined pilot and feasibility research project! Read the official news release here.
In addition to feasibility research and the development of a business model, funding covers a four-month pilot project to test the best ways to support small food businesses and to expand food processing in our region. The pilot will match six businesses with tailored mentorship and services, such as commercial kitchen space, storage, specialized equipment, and lab testing. General support, workshops, and resources will also be available for a broader number of businesses and those interested in starting a food business.
The pilot project is offered in partnership with Kamloops Innovation, Tapestry Evaluation, and TRU. Kamloops Innovation will draw on their experience offering mentorship and community building with the tech community and broaden this out for application with food businesses. Robyn McLean, principal at Tapestry Evaluation, will be the Food Hub Project Manager, overseeing the food hub coordinator and feasibility research.