Food, glorious food!

The brand new Foodie Founder programme was launched at London Met on Monday 18 June. The one-day workshop is designed to help students with a food or drink business idea.

Date: 26 June 2018

Foodie Founder, which was launched at London Met on Monday 18 June, gives students and graduates the chance to propel their food and drink businesses into a reality.

Hosted by the Accelerator, London Met’s business incubator, the Foodie Founder programme is new to 2018 and runs alongside the Launchpad programme.

Through attending the one-day workshop, students and graduates had the chance to develop their knowledge and skills about branding, marketing, sales and pricing, labelling and legislation, and product and market testing.

Attendees were able to gain knowledge and insight from successful food entrepreneur, Claire Brumby, who spoke about the process of launching and developing food businesses using her first-hand knowledge, experience as a mentor and challenges she faced along the way while founding her own multi-award winning premium snacking brand, Scrubbys Vegetable Crisps.

London Met graduates, Finns Anna Ojutkangas and Eve Suoyrjo, also attended the workshop to offer an insight into Arctic Power Berries, their successful business selling a range of healthy, natural berry powers in stores all over the UK. The business was launched through Launchpad, a 10-week intensive programme for students and staff to develop their business idea. Launchpad is run by the Accelerator and applications are still open for 2018.

Dimple Divecha, a Food Science MSc student, as well as one of the founders of Fabamallow, said: “The Foodie Founder workshop was incredibly informative. From someone who has been there and done it, the session was really interesting and thought-provoking. There’s definitely lots to go away and consider for our own product.”

Fabamallow recently won the creative category at the 2018 Big Idea Challenge and silver at Ecotrophelia UK.