There’s no magical formula for what businesses we accept, but we have found that entrepreneurs that closely match these criteria are a good fit for CommonWealth Kitchen.
- You have a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
- You have an interest and willingness to learn.
- You have a clear vision for your business.
- You produce a product that is currently popular/has a market and you are ready to scale.
- You produce a product or service that fits within our facility.
- Generally, products that require specific machinery that we do not already have in-house or processes that take a long time to complete-like dehydrated products are not usually a good fit for our kitchen.
- We are not able to incubate companies that produce:
- Food not intended for human consumption, such as makeup, soaps, and pet food
- Nutritional supplements
- Food for Highly Susceptible Populations such as babies (with exceptions based on process)
- Cannabis products
- Wholesale meat processing
- You have an existing customer base or a clear target market.
- You have a strong personal support network (friends, family, business mentors).
- You understand business financials and the very real risks of starting a food business.
- You have start-up funding and working capital to cover 3-months of business operations (typically between $10,000-$20,000).
- We prioritize businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and strive to maintain our overall kitchen community at 75% of businesses owned by BIPOC entrepreneurs.
We require all members and any employees working in the kitchen to be fully vaccinated before joining the kitchen.