The Food Innovation Network empowers underserved entrepreneurs to launch food businesses—from licensing to commercial kitchen space to marketing—we provide support every step of the way. 

Presenter: Kara Martin, Director

The Food Innovation Network’s mission is to enhance the local food system, increase access to healthy food, create pathways for success, and support resource- and idea-sharing that engages the diverse communities of SeaTac/Tukwila and South King County. Our work spans across the community food system—from farm to fork. 

Through extensive community outreach and a feasibility study we know there is great interest in starting food businesses among residents in South King County—nearly 200 people have demonstrated interest. However, they have identified key barriers to starting a business—accessing capital, accessing commercial kitchen space and navigating licensing. In 2017 we piloted a food business incubator for underserved residents, mainly from immigrant communities, that provides commercial kitchen access and other business supports. We have since helped launch 9 businesses!

The Food Innovation Network has an exciting opportunity to build off this success and expand the program to accommodate others who would benefit. In 2019, we will open a food hall, six times the size of the current location, located in Tukwila Village. The food hall will serve as the heart of a food business incubator as well as a space where people can gather, learn about and celebrate the community’s rich food traditions while creating community wealth.

Website URL – www.foodinnovationnetwork.org



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The Food Innovation Network empowers underserved entrepreneurs to launch food businesses—from licensing to commercial kitchen space to marketing—we provide support every step of the way. 

Presenter: Kara Martin, Director

The Food Innovation Network’s mission is to enhance the local food system, increase access to healthy food, create pathways for success, and support resource- and idea-sharing that engages the diverse communities of SeaTac/Tukwila and South King County. Our work spans across the community food system—from farm to fork. 

Through extensive community outreach and a feasibility study we know there is great interest in starting food businesses among residents in South King County—nearly 200 people have demonstrated interest. However, they have identified key barriers to starting a business—accessing capital, accessing commercial kitchen space and navigating licensing. In 2017 we piloted a food business incubator for underserved residents, mainly from immigrant communities, that provides commercial kitchen access and other business supports. We have since helped launch 9 businesses!

The Food Innovation Network has an exciting opportunity to build off this success and expand the program to accommodate others who would benefit. In 2019, we will open a food hall, six times the size of the current location, located in Tukwila Village. The food hall will serve as the heart of a food business incubator as well as a space where people can gather, learn about and celebrate the community’s rich food traditions while creating community wealth.

Website URL – www.foodinnovationnetwork.org