Applications Now Open for Kitchen Republic Academy's Spring 2019 Session!

Have you been living that #startuplife with your new food business? Have you felt stuck or confused about your direction, wondering where it’s leading you? Do you sometimes feel isolated, but aren’t sure where and how to find others who understand the challenges of the entrepreneurs journey? Or maybe you just want to get perspective and feedback that will fine-tune your ideas?

If you answered YES to even one of those questions, then the Kitchen Republic Academy could be just what you need to level up your food business this year.

Hot off the success of our very first program, we’re excited to announce a Spring session of the Academy, running from April through June 2019. Applications are open now!

Dutch Cuisine’s Monique Mulder, Abbot Kinney’s founder Gijs van de Maasakkers, and Marqt’s Emma Coles kicked off the Academy’s first week with their stories of why they got into the food business.

Dutch Cuisine’s Monique Mulder, Abbot Kinney’s founder Gijs van de Maasakkers, and Marqt’s Emma Coles kicked off the Academy’s first week with their stories of why they got into the food business.

What is the Academy?

We offer a 12-week program that’s designed for chefs, producers and farmers who want to bring their food business idea to market successfully. The hands-on curriculum is aimed at providing aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs the practical guidance and expertise of peer and industry mentors to turn good food ideas into great food businesses.

Our weekly 3-hour workshops are jam-packed with the super-valuable insights and know-how that will help an emerging food business move forward with clarity and confidence. Each session is facilitated by our food business coaches who lead activities and discussions designed for peer learning. We also invite industry experts, leaders, and influencers who provide invaluable insight from the frontlines of the Dutch food business landscape.

Launched in October 2018, the Academy just wrapped its first cohort of twelve startup participants with an epic Pitch Day and Startup Market. (Read more about that here.)

We invited 70 Dutch food business movers and shakers to attend our Final Pitch Day in January.

We invited 70 Dutch food business movers and shakers to attend our Final Pitch Day in January.


Who should apply?

We’re looking for “triple-bottom-line” businesses whose mission balances people, planet, and profit. The startups who’ll find the greatest value in what our program offers tend to be in the early-stages of business development, active for no more than one year, but with a clearly defined and ideally, prototyped and tested product.


What do I get out of it?

At the end of the twelve weeks, you'll have a polished product and pitch, a good understanding of the food industry, a clear vision of your goals and your first big buyers. But you’ll also be plugged into Kitchen Republic’s unparalleled network of food business movers and shakers, plus our dynamic and diverse community of 40+ members. You’ll have one-on-one support from our business coaches, not to mention from your fellow participants.


Why apply to the Academy?

The entrepreneur’s journey can be as frustrating and lonely as it is rewarding. And no one knows that better than every single speaker, facilitator, mentor, and peer at Kitchen Republic, who’ve all been there in the trenches themselves (and lived to tell about it!) The Academy offers a rich learning experience, of course, but above all, it offers the support, guidance, and real, honest, and actionable feedback of a community who truly believes in your success.


Important Dates:
Applications Open: March 1
Application Deadline: March 20
First Round Selection: March 21
Second Round Selection Pitch Day 1: March 22
Second Round Selection Pitch Day 2: March 25
Participant Selections Announced: March 26
Program Kickoff: April 9
Final Pitch Day: June 25

(Program still subject to change.)

The Academy will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 10am-1:30pm (including lunch).

Read more about the Academy program here >



Heather Eddy