Chobani Incubator aims to help start-ups fuel a ‘food revolution’

The program covers areas of expertise such as sustainability, marketing, food safety and manufacturing innovation.

The inaugural class of the Chobani Food Incubator will run from October 2016 to March 2017.
The inaugural class of the Chobani Food Incubator will run from October 2016 to March 2017.

Chobani, LLC, is opening its call for applications to the Chobani Food Incubator. The company designed the incubator to help entrepreneurs and small food companies challenge the food industry, improve broken systems and make a difference.

"Natural food start-ups with the right mindset can make a big difference," said Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO, Chobani. "I know that getting started can be the hardest part of the journey, so I designed the Chobani Food Incubator to share what we've learned when it comes to scaling up, challenging the big guys and fighting convention. This is a no-strings-attached, grant-based program to support entrepreneurs, so we can further fuel the food revolution."

The inaugural class of the Chobani Food Incubator will run from October 2016 to March 2017, based in New York, NY.

The program specifically includes:

  • A six-month incubator from October 2016 to March 2017, online and on-site
  • Two to three members participating on-site with Chobani team members
  • Monthly programs at Chobani locations across the U.S., including manufacturing facilities and Chobani's New York offices
  • Showcase at EXPO West Natural Food Conference in Anaheim, CA, where participants may display products
  • $25,000 grant to help grow business
  • Travel, hotel and other expenses
  • Equity free capital.

The program covers food industry areas of expertise, including: building a sustainable business, team building, brand and marketing, packaging and pricing, sales and retail strategy, innovation and manufacturing, food quality and safety, nutrition and food labeling.

Applicants should electronically submit information about their products along with a short video and biographical information by August 10, 2016. Finalists will be notified by September 15, 2016.

Applications and additional information is available at chobanifoodincubator.com.

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