Wellington Good Food Boost

The Sustainable Business Network has partnered with Wellington City Council to bring you the 2018 Wellington Good Food Boost, a mentoring programme for Wellington’s fledgling Good Food businesses.

What is the Wellington Good Food Boost?

The Wellington Good Food Boost is a free six-week mentoring programme that supports fledgling businesses working towards improving NZ’s food systems. This may be through focusing on local, seasonal or organic produce, or incorporating social and environmental good into their business model.

Four winning businesses win the opportunity to work with industry specialists who will provide support and guidance to give their good food business a boost.

Entries are now closed.

To enter you will need:

  • A product that’s just starting out and is local, seasonal, healthy, tasty, culturally connected or organic – and made by you.
  • A vision for the future of your business and New Zealand food.
  • A base in or near Wellington.
  • Commitment and time!
  • A base in or around the Greater Wellington region

The Good Food Boost is free to enter

Four lucky winners will receive:

  • Four mentoring sessions from experts in food and business development. This will give the winners tips and inspiration on how to develop a tasty product that looks good, sells well and endures the test of time.
  • Business sustainability advice.
  • A guided tour of the FoodPilot and FoodBowl through the New Zealand Food Innovation Network.
  • One on one session on business growth from WREDA (Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency)

Financial support and advice are not included.

Check out our judges here

  • Beth Barsh – Visa Wellington On a Plate
  • Matt Morrison – All Good / Karma Cola, 
  • Jo Madden – Food Innovation Network
  • Amy Bird –     Wellington City Council 

The mentors for the 2018 Wellington Good Food Boost are:

  • Matt West, business director
  • Richard Shirtcliffe, Business transformer
  • Teva Stewart, Commonsense Organics
  • Kelda Hains – Established Wellington restaurateur

Entries close 5 pm on August 21.

The 2017 Wellington Good Food Boost winners

Congratulations to the four winners of the 2017 Wellington Good Food Boost:

  • Pomegranate Kitchen: Middle Eastern food prepared for catering and lunch delivery by cooks from a refugee background
  • The Drunken Nanny: Fresh soft goats cheeses farmed in the Wairarapa
  • Baker Gramercy: Handcrafted fermented breads made from local grains, and artisan pastries
  • Ritual Tea: A range of hand-blended local, organic and Fairtrade leaf teas

The Drunken Nanny; “The Good Food boost was an amazing programme to be involved in. The organisation and choice of mentors was fantastic. Each of the mentors contributed a different
dimension of knowledge which combined to cover most elements of the businesses. It was fantastic to sit in a room and be able to focus on the business and by stepping back from the day to day activities it was very energising to get greater clarity of the vision of the business. I would recommend this experience to anyone considering applying. It has been hugely valuable to the future of our business. ”

Rebecca Stewart from Pomegranate Kitchen; “The mentors brought great industry knowledge and really helped us in our thinking. The networks we have made and relationships built have been invaluable.”

Baker Gramercy: “The Good Food Boost provided great platform to link in with other like minded individuals facing similar issues in growing their businesses. Drawing on the experiences and knowledge of mentors allowed me to develop strategy and build structure throughout our business. It provided the time and resource to focus on strategy, something we all found beneficial”

For further information please contact:

Laurie Foon, Sustainable Business Network, laurie@sustainable.org.nz, 021 741 515

Supported by 

Wellington City Council






Thanks to Le Cordon Bleu for venue space.