Food Xcel

Have you ever thought of starting your own food business? 

Food Xcel has been developed to help aspiring food entrepreneurs move their idea forward through a combination of progressive workshops, networking opportunities with food agencies, industry experts, and entrepreneurs and a chance to compete for a $25,000 Food Ignition seed capital award. Our first Food Xcel Winner, Ryan Abdallah, was awarded for his Marouns  garlic paste which he has since launched in Sobeys across Atlantic Canada and other retail locations.

Food Xcel breaks down the process of developing a food product into smaller steps to help you make progress, test your assumptions, and build momentum.   We understand that every entrepreneur has different strengths so we have established a support team that can help you as you build your food business.

Save the Date for Upcoming Workshops

November 29th - Welcome and Keynote from Founder of Jones Soda - Peter Van Stolk

November 30th - What makes your product unique?

December 7th - Inside the Food Industry

January 11th - Product Positioning and Distribution

January 18th - Scaling up Production for Success

February 21st - Final Pitches and Award Presentation

For more information contact Food Island Partnership at 902-367-4417

Funding Partners

Ignition funder


Food Cluster Partners

Canada's Smartest Kitchen
Start Up Zone