Food Fellowship

We’re giving eight food entrepreneurs the opportunity to fast-track their start-up to success.

Via a six-week, hands-on programme of education and inspiration, participants will be armed with the tools and skills they need to run a profitable, sustainable food business. They’ll also be given one year’s access to a workbench at Karma Kitchen in north-west London.

Each two-and-a-half-hour session – covering everything from identifying customers to pricing strategies – will be overseen by food expert and start-up trainer Vhari Russell, of The Food Marketing Experts.

While applications for the training programme have closed, food entrepreneurs are still able to register for Food Fellowship’s e-learning element.

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Step 1 - Apply

If you have a food business idea or start-up under two years old based in the UK, you’re eligible. We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where everyone can be themselves and succeed on merit. We warmly welcome people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

Step 2 - Start learning

Alongside the weekly sessions – which begin in January 2021 – participants will be given access to Karma Kitchen in Wood Green, London, and be profiled on Enterprise Nation.

Step 3 - Receive ongoing support

All applicants will be given one year’s free access to Enterprise Nation, where they can access timely expert advice, an exclusive e-learning course, build new connections, and attend exclusive events.

Can I apply?

The Food Fellowship is open to any food entrepreneurs based in the UK who have an idea for a food business or a start-up that is less than two years old.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where everyone can be themselves and succeed on merit. We warmly welcome people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply.

How does it work?

There are 8 spaces available on the Food Fellowship, awarded to the most promising food entrepreneurs. This will be judged based on the chances of success, and the likelihood that the programme will help the applicant turn their idea into a reality.

Once enrolled on the Food Fellowship initiative, applicants will:

  • Gain in-depth, hands-on training from start-up trainers and food experts
  • Learn the skills required to run and grow a successful food business
  • Have 12 months’ free access to kitchen space, via Karma Kitchen, to hone their culinary skills
  • Have access to mentors and advisers to continue to grow their venture
  • Enjoy ongoing support and advice from Enterprise Nation

See full terms and conditions. Policy can be found here.

Why Uber and Enterprise Nation have partnered

Uber is passionate about supporting the drivers and couriers who use its platform, during what has been a particularly testing time. It also cares deeply about the small businesses and restaurants on its Uber Eats platform.

That’s why it’s teamed up with Enterprise Nation – the UK’s most active small business network – to co-design three support programmes: one for drivers and couriers using the Uber app, one for restaurants on Uber Eats, and another for aspiring food entrepreneurs.

Further, Enterprise Nation is offering all applicants to the programmes free membership to its platform – and all the ongoing support and advice it offers – for 12 months.

Frequently asked questions

Uber is passionate about supporting the drivers and couriers who use its app, small businesses and making the UK a great place to start and grow a business. Uber and Enterprise Nation have teamed up to provide three support programmes: one for drivers and couriers who use the Uber app, one for small businesses on Eats, and another for aspiring food entrepreneurs.
The Food Fellowship programme will provide eight food start-ups access to a six-week programme of hands-on education, training and inspiration to help take their start-up idea to reality. With training delivered by food expert Vhari Russell and access to Karma Kitchen to hone their skills, successful applicants will also receive ongoing access to Enterprise Nation support.
If you have a food start-up idea or a start-up trading less than two years, and you’re based in the UK, you can apply.
No. There is no cost to apply or take part in the programme.
All applicants will receive support for their start-up via access to free Enterprise Nation membership, benefitting from access to advice, exclusive offers, a personalised support dashboard and local meet-ups. You will also receive additional benefits including:
  • An exclusive e-learning course for food start-ups
  • Free StartUp Kit: a 170 page start-up guide with all you need to know to become your own boss
  • Dedicated Groups set up on Enterprise Nation to connect and engage with other food start-ups
  • Free calls with accountants and advisers
  • Facilitated introductions to sources of finance: from local council grant programmes to start-up loans
Karma Kitchen is transforming industrial spaces into beautiful commercial kitchens, co-working and storage. They build, equip and manage the spaces, with everything from kitchen porters, community managers to top of the range equipment. The goal is to provide workspace that encompasses the full needs of a food and drink business.
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