Santa Fe Food LABS
LABS Pre-Accelerator: Spring 2021
LABS Pre-Accelerator for Northern New Mexico Food Entrepreneurs
Are you a passionate and determined founder of a startup that is just getting revved up? Creative Startups LABS may be right for you! Entrepreneurs building local food startups tackling challenges (and opportunities!) such as climate change, food waste, localizing food systems, and building healthier communities are encouraged to apply. Click here to start your application and submit by January 17th, 2021!
Creative Startups LABS Pre-Accelerator for Food Entrepreneurs is designed to move entrepreneurs from early concept, past prototyping, and into the market quickly. During the intensive four-week program, you will focus on identifying a market entry strategy, pursuing early customers, and creating a minimum viable product. Concepts including customer discovery and development, business formation and structures, cash flow projections, and creating a sales pipeline are covered. Startups will meet in person to work with Creative Startups faculty, mentors, and market leaders. Our mentors have deep expertise in fields ranging from organic agriculture to food distribution systems.
LABS takes place online until we are able to meet again safely in person. If it is possible for us to meet in-person in 2021, we will consider it (we'd love to meet you!) but your safety is our first priority.
Applications close: January 17, 2021
On-boarding: March 15-19th, 2021
Online program: March 22nd - April 9th, 2021
Online program consists of independent work and a twice weekly all cohort meeting, date and time TBD.
Digital Deep Dive: Week of April 12th, 2021
Can I talk to someone in-person about the LABS?
You betcha! We welcome inquiries. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for one of our online info sessions. Dates will be announced soon!
How long does the program last?
Creative Startups LABS program is 3 weeks of bi-weekly meetings and a 2 day (half days) Digital Deep Dive.
What does the program cover?
The Creative Startups curriculum was built from scratch by creative entrepreneurs - for creative entrepreneurs. Working with Stanford faculty we have created an awesome, robust, and effective learning journey for creative founders. Topics include customer discovery and development, business formation and structures, cash flow projections, and creating a sales pipeline are covered.
What sort of time commitment should I expect if accepted into the program?
Most founders tell us they spend about 10 hours/week on course work. The Digital Deep Dive usually consists of 2 half-days. As an entrepreneur, you know that you get out of it what you put into it!
I am the only founder of my business - can I still apply? What if I have multiple team members?
Solo founders are definitely encourged to apply! If you have team members only those who are 1) committed to participating in the program, and 2) integral to the strategic decisions of your organization should apply.
We are a nonprofit startup - can we apply?
Yes, but note we generally do not take more than one nonprofit startup per cohort.
I have a great idea for a business, but I haven't started my business yet - should I apply?
LABS is a good fit for startups who are just getting started in scaling their business.
My company is a few years old - can we still apply to Creative Startups?
If your company is already generating revenue and looking to make significant steps in your growth trajectory then you might consider applying for one of our full Accelerator programs.
Is this program restricted to only New Mexico startups?
Yes, this program is specific to startups within Santa Fe County and surrounding Northern New Mexico counties.
How much is the fee?
The 2020/21 LABS fee is $175 per person, once accepted into the program.
There is no fee to apply.
What does the fee cover?
All of your course materials and supplies.
What are the selection process and judging criteria for applicants? Can someone help me with my application?
Only complete submitted applications will be reviewed. All applications must be submitted via F6s.
Selection criteria: First and foremost, this program is targeted to entrepreneurs in the food and beverage vertical. This could include restaurants; f&b related apps or software; innovations in food production, packaging, or distribution; a specific food product and more! Any application that is wholly unrelated to the f&b vertical will be immediately disqualified. This program is targeted to Northern New Mexico entrepreneurs, specifically Santa Fe County and immediately surrounding areas. Outside of New Mexico? Check out one of our other acceleration programs.
We look for applications that are thoughtfully composed and that demonstrate a strong commitment to participation in the program. We also look at your startup/ideas: creative and innovative contribution to your field; scalability; market potential; team's passion and experience.
What type of food businesses are you looking for?
Great question! Entrepreneurs building local food startups tackling challenges (and opportunities!) such as climate change, food waste, localizing food systems, and building healthier communities are encouraged to apply. We welcome entrepreneurs building companies across the food vertical; this could be anything from an artisinal chocolate company to a startup developing a new app for irrigation monitoring.
Have questions? Feel free to email email@example.com
Wondering if your startup is a fit for Creative Startups? Here are a few of our food-focused alumni startups. You can view all of our alumni here.
Creative Startups Food LABS is generously sponsored by