Like much of society, our food economy has been built on the backs of too many who are overlooked, undervalued, and underestimated. For them, CommonWealth Kitchen is their home.
When we combine our intentions with innovation, action and resources, the impact reaches far beyond the food entrepreneurs in our network and far beyond the walls of our shared kitchen. We are reimagining an equitable economy as a partnership, where profit is earned and people are valued.
It’s tough to produce food without serious physical capital. CommonWealth Kitchen provides practical, shared resources to our diverse network so that they have access to the professional equipment they need to get their businesses off the ground and succeed. From industrial kitchen facilities for early stage food companies to launch their companies to outsourced manufacturing to help them scale, we provide the physical capital that is essential for new food businesses, and business education and training programming designed to support them along their journey.
A home is about people, and we have invested significantly in the human capital necessary to provide our businesses with the skills, knowledge, and networks they need to thrive. We offer a wide range of business education and training and coordinated market access to more than 100 diverse food companies annually, the majority BIPOC and woman-owned. We know that networks matter, and we connect our businesses with the human capital that will be critical to their success. Members of our community give back to the incubator to support the success of the next cohorts of entrepreneurs. Successive cycles create a wider/stronger network of successful values-aligned businesses, inspiring future entrepreneurs and accelerating the pace of change.
An Equitable Economy.
We believe that creating a just, equitable economy that works for everyone requires access to financial capital that will support the growth and scaling of strong, diverse, viable companies.
Fundamental change does not happen in a silo. We are focused on creating a value-aligned ecosystem that centers the success of food businesses owned by people of color, women, and immigrants. CommonWealth Kitchen businesses receive access to market opportunities, as well as guidance and support to access to the right kind of capital at the right stage of growth.
CWK’s success is measured first and foremost by helping aspiring entrepreneurs create great food companies. In the process, it’s also about building relationships, networks, connections. Just as important as material wealth are power and autonomy—people’s sense of control over the trajectory of their lives and ability to act according to their own decisions—and being valued in the community.