ICA is part of a wonderful ecosystem of partners in the Bay Area that work to support local entrepreneurs. Check them out below!
KITCHENTOWN is a food start-up incubator in the Bay Area. KitchenTown operates a large commercialization facility where 35+ food and beverage startups are working to scale up their companies. Their Learning Lab offers workshops, bootcamps and classes in San Francisco to help food entrepreneurs acquire the knowledge to be successful. Their Open Innovation Program introduces innovative start-ups to food and beverage corporations wishing to make investments in early-stage companies.
TERRA is a food and agriculture pilot-centered program with an objective to facilitate applied innovation between corporates and startups for companies in the Seed to Series B funded stage. Their program brings together experts, decision-makers, and innovators across the entire value chain – capturing and fostering synergies that catapult major breakthroughs into scalable solutions by pairing emerging growth companies with established multinationals, in a pilot-driven engagement that leads to tangible results.
La Cocina is a 5013c non profit located in the Mission District of San Francisco. They are a food incubator program is a best in-class economic development program, inspiring national replication and creating lasting economic opportunity for immigrant women entrepreneurs. Since 2005, La Cocina has been providing affordable commercial kitchen space, hands on technical assistance, access to capital, and access to market opportunities to food entrepreneurs from the point of formalization to exit into their own production space.
REDFs sole focus is to accelerate the success of employment social enterprises —mission-driven, revenue-generating businesses that employ, empower, and invest in the potential of people. REDF provides capital and a range of capacity-building support. The REDF Accelerator is a specialized program that provides training and connection for social enterprise entrepreneurs that currently employs REDF’s target population.
Elemental Excelerator helps startups (raising a Series A and beyond) change the world, one community at a time. Each year, they find 15-20 companies that best fit their mission and fund each company up to $1 million to improve systems that impact people’s lives: energy, food and agriculture, water, mobility and the circular economy.
Food System 6 (FS6) is a non-profit based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is to support impact driven entrepreneurs as they transform how we grow, produce, and distribute food. The organization runs a comprehensive accelerator program that mentors entrepreneurs by coaching them through a wide range of business and organizational needs. FS6 also works to educate stakeholders on the unique capital needs as related to redefining the food system.
The Kapor Center aims to make the technology ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse and inclusive. Their pioneering work ranges from education programs and community building to evangelism and investing.