FITr – Food Incubators Transforming Regions


The aim of the FITR- Food Incubators Transforming Regions project is clear. In Ireland (Roscommon), UK (Banbridge), The Netherlands (Friesland) and Slovakia (Nitra) we will forge an effective & replicable model to provide the learning and structure to develop food kitchens & incubators as enterprise drivers.  This in return will spur productive & sustainable economic development through an increase in available resources to start small businesses and creation of jobs in this sector.

The benefits for communities

-        Access to Food Incubators business strategy – this will be training on the nuts and bolts of running a food incubator , licensing options for operators, kitchen management protocols and adding value to your incubator e.g. shared sales & distribution platforms

-        Help to stimulating demand – tools to develop a pipeline of new food entrepreneurs in your region through Pre-Incubation supports and gaining knowledge on creative marketing

-        Access to resources – training in innovative access to public finance, crowd funding potential and attracting corporate sponsors.

-        Developing connections to collaborations & communities- the potential of co-working, new methodologies for creative collaborations, parameters of same and success tools.

The benefits for development agency stakeholders

- Improved understanding of the new potential of food incubation and its importance as a driver for regional entrepreneurship in a fast growing sector

- Access to a specific toolkit and operational strategies that will help catalyse the evolution of food incubators and maximise their contribution to regional growth

- The development of a robust regional partnership formula for use in developing food incubator(s) in Roscommon

- Improved networking to dozens of other regional actors and the opportunity to contribute to policy at regional level.

-        The process of revitalisation on a local community level through the development of food incubators in dilapidated buildings. These buildings are an economic drain in communities and through FITR they can be turned into a hub for economic prosperity.


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