Starters for start-ups
Meet the food outfit with start-up appetite, in the form of Kitchenette. Forget early stage fingerfood with early-exit IPO ambitions, though, as this is a food incubator seeking to supply foodie entrepreneurial types with London's leading mentors, pop-up locations and that totally important access to investment cash, writes Steve Mullins. Did we say leading mentors? Kitchenette means business with the likes of Mark Hix and Mark Sainsbury (Moro).
Importantly, Kitchenette can offer start-ups residencies at some of London’s best sites in town, with all hours worked paid up in full. On the incubator side, the outfit will help develop a business plan and secure meetings with landlords, restaurant investors and potential employees. It’s all about access to systems.
Kitchenette says its inspiration is San Francisco’s La Cocina, a food business incubator helping low-income women to turn their food into viable businesses. Which is why it also runs a low-income food entrepreneurs programme together with the likes of the Big Lottery Fund, Fifteen Foundation and Mazi Mas.