Feeding the City, powered by Bank of America, is a six-month incubation programme to support people who are passionate about creating sustainable food-related businesses that benefit urban communities and our environment.
In our rapidly urbanising nation, from production to processing and distribution to disposal, our cities are littered with examples of how not to do it.
We support people with big ideas to make a change, and to find solutions to these problems.
The 2020 Teams
Feeding the City is a Germany-wide programme that supports teams to tackle a food-related problem in their community by starting a business. Each team receives:
Training and mentoring from Impact Hub Berlin’s consultants and partners
Access to advice from food and business experts including Ackerdemia, Ackerpause, Conflictfood, Food Kompanions, Future Cooperative, Good Food Collective, Greentable, NX-Food & SPRK.global.
A two-day online Boot Camp (August 5th-6th) to kick off the programme and refine your ideas and business models
A budget for coaching worth €1,000
Access to the Impact Hub global network of 100+ Hubs and over 16,000 members
The opportunity to pitch your project at a final Demo Day
Started by Impact Hub King’s Cross in London, 2018, Feeding the City now comes to Germany for the first time in 2020. Previous participants include Proof Bakery, an artisanal bakery training and employing refugee women, and tigermylk, a sustainably-packaged milk alternative. Find out more about the UK programme and read their detailed Impact Report.
Who we’re looking for
We look for teams who want to start a sustainable food business in Germany. The programme is designed for those aiming to develop an idea and start trading, or for those who have an established business and are looking to develop a new food-related aspect. You can find the full Terms & Conditions of entry here.
We welcome all applications from diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds, regardless of gender, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or ability.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We’re looking for ideas that (1) are a good problem/solution fit, have both (2) social impact and (3) business potential, (4) are market viable and (5) have a strong team. Read the Terms & Conditions for further detail.
Feeding the City is for entrepreneurs who are looking to start a sustainable food business. The programme is designed for teams aiming to develop an idea and start trading, or for those who have an established business and are looking to develop a new food-related aspect. Because the goal of the programme is to help you refine your idea, we believe that people with an established food business would not benefit from the type of support we provide.
The programme is designed for teams, as we feel teams have the greatest chance at running a successful business. However, we’re open to accepting solo entrepreneurs in special cases. There’s space on the application form to explain why you think you’re an incredible team of one, and our programme manager is happy to discuss potential options for solopreneurs or to help you to build your dream team. For the first programme, we also ran an Ideation Workshop to match potential co-founders, and aim to do so for future programmes too.
Entrepreneurs applying to Feeding the City are all at different stages of starting up, and we can help to refine and focus your idea. The first stage of our programme ‘Sprouting’, is about helping participants shape their ideas before developing and launching. However, it is important to keep in mind that we only pick five businesses to go into the ‘Growing’ and ‘Harvesting’ stages, and these will be the ones that we think are most likely to succeed.
Our online workshops are the bread and butter of the programme and are therefore highly valuable with great elements of peer learning. Therefore, we require at least one person (this can alternate within the team) per team to be present at every workshop.
Absolutely. We ask everyone to ensure that they have the capacity to attend our online boot camp, and to work on their businesses for at least four to six hours per week to achieve certain milestones throughout the programme. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, all workshops are planned to take place online.
Yes. We encourage everyone to apply to our programme as long as they have an idea and the motivation to make it happen. Our only requirement is that you need to be able to attend our online workshops and to work on your business throughout the programme. We’ll try our hardest to accommodate any specific needs to help you meet the requirements. Reach out to us if you’d like to discuss any specific needs you may have.
No, it can be either, but we encourage you to think about how you could incorporate both. We can also help you further refine these aspects during an Ideation Workshop and at the boot camp.
We want to support solutions that come from the heart of local communities. However, we appreciate that some individuals will have strong connections with a community without being a part of it. For example, one of the teams from a previous UK cohort created a solution for individuals with learning disabilities and while not being directly from this community, they had worked as occupational therapists for 10+ years and therefore had insight into the difficulties experienced by this demographic.
Yes, absolutely! The programme will take place in English and German. We will provide translations for the most important parts or whenever needed.
Unfortunately, no. We require participants to be based in Germany. However, you do not have to hold a German passport.