Incubator Targets Food Entrepreneurs

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Ivy Tech Community College is taking steps to support aspiring food entrepreneurs. The school's culinary arts program has created an incubator for students who want to make it in the food business. Ivy Tech is also planning a student artisan marketplace. Program Coordinator Thom England says the entrepreneur initiative is filling a growing need. England and Newfangled Confections Owner Carrie Abbott discussed the effort during an appearance on Inside INdiana Business Television. The artisan marketplace is expected to open in the fall.

As part of the entrepreneurial focus, the school is planning a boot camp in June that will include insight into developing a startup.

Abbott is an Ivy Tech alum and says her company, which has been around for three years, is a merging of her interests in business, candy and catering. She says her business could not succeed without a recent consumer movement toward buying local.

Ivy Tech is also planning to co-sponsor the next annual Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge in central Indiana.

Source: Inside INdiana Business