A new collab between a local accelerator and Findlay Market is helping entrepreneurs establish themselves in Cincinnati’s food industry through mentoring, coaching and support.
Cincy Chic: What is Findlay Kitchen & Aviatra Accelerators?
Nancy Aichholz, CEO/President of Aviatra Accelerators: Aviatra Accelerators is a full-service resource center for women-owned businesses and start-ups focusing on education, coaching, mentoring, and funding for early and mid-stage businesses. Findlay Kitchen is central to the core values of Findlay Market is the desire to support and provide for our local community. More than simply a hub for fresh, local food, the Market drives economic activity, social interaction, and an inclusive experience for all. Findlay Kitchen builds on those principles, empowering and embracing the wealth of culture and diversity that is needed to advance and sustain a vibrant food ecosystem, right here in the heart of our city.
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind EXPLORE, the new collaboration between Findlay Kitchen and Aviatra Accelerators?
Aichholz: The organizations have collaborated before but have never worked together to host a cohort dedicated to food industry entrepreneurs. Aviatra attracts a lot of women interested in food-centric startups, and we do a great job with education, coaching, and mentoring, but we don’t have the specific food industry focus that The Findlay Kitchen has. So it was obvious in discussions that a partnership would be a double whammy of impact for our women food startups and Findlay Kitchen’s male and female clients.
Cincy Chic: What makes this collaboration unique?
Aichholz: I don’t know of anyone else who has the expertise and facilities that The Findlay Kitchen has, and no one is focusing solely on women entrepreneurs across all industries as Aviatra does. It is also unique because most accelerators don’t openly collaborate, sharing curriculum, sharing clients. This can be an example to other programs that is is about the entrepreneur, not the accelerator.
Cincy Chic: When will EXPLORE launch?
Aichholz: Our opening night of classes is scheduled for Monday, September 30 from 6-9pm.
Cincy Chic: What does this course entail for entrepreneurs?
Aichholz: The entrepreneurs will have 9 weeks of classes, expert facilitators, coaching, mentoring, and support from others in the cohort.
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Aichholz: Interested entrepreneurs can apply at findlaykitchen.org/explore. For foodies who are not entrepreneurs who want to keep up with the latest new food options trending, watch for updates on Aviatra and Findlay Kitchen’s social media, or go to our respective websites and sign up for our newsletters at aviatra.org and findlaykitchen.org.