If you know of any fledgling food businesses that need a hand, the Boost is the programme to enter. Four winning businesses will be teamed up with four leading mentors to give them guidance and support over an eight week period.
The winners also attend and present their products at the Good Food Forum on 14th April and have sessions at the FoodBowl with product experts. It’s a top package for start-up foodies.
This year’s mentors are Martin Yeoman (Assignment Group), Karen Staples (Pure Delish), Kim Evans (Little & Friday) and Mike Murphy (Kokako Organic Coffee).
“We are delighted to share with the winners such a top team of mentors who are diverse in their skill sets and rich in their knowledge and experience of food business operations. Together they are helping to shape a positive future of food for a healthy New Zealand by supporting these smaller operators,” says Emily Dowding-Smith, SBN’s Restorative Transformation Leader who runs the project.
Boost entries opened on 29 February and have already started to come in. It closes on 21 March and will be judged the week after Easter. The programme is not a lottery: judges select the finalists and hold interviews and tastings.
The judges are Emily Dowding-Smith (SBN), Wendy Voegelin (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development), Connie Clarkson (Panuku Development Auckland) and Angus Brown (FoodBowl). Entry is free and must be done online here.