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Recipes for Success is a free food business accelerator for existing and aspiring food entrepreneurs who have a food product or beverage they want to sell. Over the course of 10 weeks, you will have the opportunity to learn about establishing and running your food business.

The first half of the program will focus on business basics. Topics will include:

  • Build Your Lean Canvas Business Model

  • Product Costing and Calculating Potential Revenue

  • Understanding Your Customer

  • Market Research and Your Special Sauce

  • Lean Validation

The second half of the program will be a series of panels featuring local subject matter experts who will discuss:

  • Food Health & Safety

  • Food Science & Labeling

  • Branding & Marketing

  • Strategic Partnerships & Scalability

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Leveraging Local & Heritage Resources

  • Agritourism, Markets, & Food Festivals

  • Local, Regional, & National Distribution

Featured panelists for the Spring 2022 cohort included local food ecosystem names like Barrio Bread, Pivot Produce, and Monsoon Chocolate as well as representatives from Tucson City of Gastronomy and Visit Tucson. 

At the end of the program, participants will showcase their businesses and share their products during a Demo Day with key members of the Tucson food ecosystem. Upon completing this course, you can expect to have the knowledge needed to launch your business and finish your lean business plan, understand your startup or scaling costs, manage your supply chain, navigate distribution on the local and national scale, and more. 


Recipes for Success is funded by a grant from the USDA so it's available at no cost to selected participants. As such, there are a limited number of seats in this cohort. We encourage you to fill out the application thoughtfully and completely as we will use the application process to ensure you are the right fit for the program. 

We are planning to hold Recipes for Success in person at the Startup Tucson offices in Downtown Tucson. 

For more information email

Fall semester will be held from September 12-November 17 on Monday nights from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Applications will close August 21, 2022. 

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