Kitchen Incubator

The Makers Landing Food Lab incubation programme, created in partnership with the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund, aims to support job creation and skills development in the local food industry.

The structured programme offers opportunities to qualified start-ups and existing small food businesses that can show that they will benefit significantly from mentorship, training and affordable access to a licensed commercial kitchen space.

This programme runs over five months, with two sessions a week, of two to three hours each. The course content, which was developed by Stellenbosch University’s LaunchLab and industry experts, is a combination of online modules, in-class learning and individual assignments. These are supplemented with technical expert support and weekly mentor meetings.

In addition, participants will have access to a commercial kitchen space, as well as the opportunity to participate in Makers Landing programming and events, further potential funding and market opportunities.

We are specifically looking for early-stage entrepreneurs (start-up, aspirant and grassroots) with limited access to resources, in the packaged foods, food service and catering industries.

Existing food businesses that are actively selling or operating, and that have been in operation for less than three years, can apply to be in the next cohort here.