Makers Landing Food Lab incubation program offers opportunities to qualified business start-ups and existing small food businesses that can significantly benefit from affordable access to a licensed commercial kitchen space, technical assistance and training in food industry techniques and business operations.

Makers Landing is looking for candidates that already have a food business, are actively selling, and have been in operation for less than three years. The candidates should have:

  • A desire to formalize and expand their food business and a plan for how to achieve that growth.
  • Experience operating a food business, formally or informally, for at least 6 months.
  • A personal support network.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, enthusiasm and persistence.
  • A vision for the business.

Admittance to Makers Landing is a highly competitive process that takes into account many factors. Promising candidates will be interviewed by Makers Landing and an advisory committee of industry professionals. There is limited space in the kitchen. As businesses move from pre-incubation to incubation and onto graduation spaces open up for new candidates.

PROGRAM COST & COMMITMENT:

As any entrepreneur knows, there are hard costs to running a business. While the fees we charge are highly discounted thanks to the Jobs Fund and the V&A Waterfront, all entrepreneurs that join the program must pay a monthly sum to have access to the training, network and facilities we provide during the incubation program. This participation fee is a minimum of R1,500/month for 6 months, or R9,000 total.

After the 6 month program, R5000 for access support services and kitchen space.

You must also pay for the health and safety certifications necessary to run a business, without which you will not be able to operate legally and grow. The cost for the R638 certificate is R2800 (excluding vat) per delegate and the CIPC is on average R525, totaling approximately R3745 for both.

Each successful applicant will need to commit to being available to attend classes, complete assignments and coordinate meetings with mentors and coaches.

  • In class training twice a week, for at least 4 hours a day, at Makers Landing, in the V&A.
  • Complete pre-lesson reading and assignments (8 hours weekly on average)
  • Scheduled meetings with your mentor or coach twice a month for 90 min per session