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CT food incubators see growing demand for women and BIPOC entrepreneurs

 The 2022 Food Business Accelerator graduating cohort in front of BLOOM Cafe in New Haven.
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The 2022 Food Business Accelerator graduating cohort at BLOOM Cafe in New Haven. The FBA is a 12-week program jointly run by CitySeed and Collab.

Fifty-one percent of adults in a 2022 report from the Restaurant Industry Association say they aren’t eating at restaurants as often as they’d like – an increase of 6 percentage points from before the pandemic.

That’s led to a rise in demand for home-delivered food, takeout, and curb-side pick-up – an attractive option for small-scale food start-ups.

This hour on Where We Live, we hear from a food entrepreneur about her plant-based, Caribbean-infused meal delivery business, and how she learned to cook at the age of 8 in her father’s kitchen in Kingston, Jamaica.

We talk about food businesses launched by BIPOC and immigrant women entrepreneurs through reSET and City Seed’s food incubators in Hartford and New Haven, the entrepreneurial ecosystem needed to succeed, and funding available for start-ups.

Also, the manager of a ‘pay what you can’ cafe and shared kitchen discusses food trends.


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Sujata Srinivasan is Connecticut Public Radio’s senior health reporter. Prior to that, she was a senior producer for Where We Live, a newsroom editor, and from 2010-2014, a business reporter for the station.
Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.