Today, The Good Kitchen launched Europe’s first social enterprise accelerator to support organisations tackling food poverty. Selected organisations will receive funding to grow their ventures, business training and mentorship from leading food entrepreneurs.
In a world where 795 million do not have enough to eat, a further billion suffer from food related deficiencies and 1.4 billion are overweight or obese1, The Good Kitchen supports the growth of food enterprises that reverse these worrying trends.
The Good Kitchen has two-hundred thousand Euros to invest in the best solutions and a comprehensive model of non-financial support to ensure the selected social enterprises are equipped with the resources they need to succeed and lift thousands of people out of food poverty.
Andrea Warriner, Deputy Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship says: “It is a positive development for the whole social entrepreneurship ecosystem when successful entrepreneurs choose to invest their expertise and financial resources into the next generation of talent in their sector. The specialised mentorship and opportunity to access finance provided by The Good Kitchen present an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs tackling food poverty, one of the world’s most pressing problems.”
Social enterprises that tackle food poverty already exist. From solutions close to home, such as UK-based Olio which helps households take control of their food waste, to initiatives further afield, such as Canadian-based Lucky Iron Fish, which helps tackle anaemia. The Good Kitchen wants to help organisations like these, and others like them, to deliver even greater social impact in a sustainable way.
Gavin Armstrong, CEO of Lucky Iron Fish says: “Social enterprises are leading the way in finding innovative solutions to some of the worlds most daunting challenges. Hidden hunger remains to be a critical issue facing our planet and it is very reassuring to see the growing number of social impact accelerators like The Good Kitchen that are helping support solutions.”