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Want to learn more about WeWork Food Labs or the Accelerator program? We've captured some frequent questions and answers below.

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What is WeWork Labs?

WeWork Labs ist die globale Innovationsplattform von WeWork, die die nächste Generation der Industrietransformation durch die Unterstützung von Start-ups und Unternehmen bei der Gestaltung der Zukunft antreibt.

What is Food Labs?

Food Labs is a workspace and global platform dedicated to startups impacting the future of sustainable food. Food Labs supports startups across the sustainable food ecosystem, from CPG and hospitality, AI, robotics, kitchen appliances, supply chain and distribution software, to those building food and ag tech products. The labs program offers a food-centric workspace and programming, accessible via paid membership.

What is the Accelerator program?

To propel the We Company's global commitment to sustainability, WeWork Food Labs will invest over $1M in food and agriculture startups. The Food Labs accelerator is WeWork’s direct arm for this investment in early stage food startups, that are positively impacting the future of sustainable food.

What is the difference between Food Labs and the Accelerator program?

Food Labs is our flexible and inclusive offering. It provides food-centric workspace and programming, accessible via paid membership. Members are welcome hold their Food Labs membership for as long as they feel it is of benefit. We typically recommend a membership of at least one year.

The Food Labs Accelerator is a shorter term, more focused offering. Startups admitted into the NY-based accelerator program will follow a structured curriculum over a 5-month timeline. These startups will also receive direct investment from WeWork.

Please note that the applications for Food Labs and the Food Labs Accelerator program are different.

What do you mean by impacting the future of food?

How is your company or product sustainable, and are you driving positive change in the food industry?

Do I have to be based in NYC?

No, we offer virtual programming for all interested WeWork members. Sign up here to learn more. For the accelerator, founders are required to relocate to NYC for the duration of their 5-month cohort.

Are you going to expand beyond NYC?

We are looking to grow the Food Labs program across the US and globally in the coming year. If you would like to suggest a location, please fill in your info on the Food Labs webpage, and we’ll be in touch.

What if I’m already a WeWork member?

You are welcome to apply to join Food Labs or the Food Labs Accelerator. Not ready to join? Sign up here to stay in touch.

What if I’m already a Labs member?

You are welcome to apply to join Food Labs or the Food Labs Accelerator. We’ll also be hosting some crossover programming in the coming months. You can also sign up here to stay in touch.

How can I access virtual programming?

More info about our virtual programs coming soon! Sign up here to stay in touch.

Can I send you a product sample?

We love snacks and latte pouring robots as much as the next person, but unfortunately we can't accept unsolicited samples.

I want to sell my product at WeWork.

Get in touch with the WeMRKT team!

Food Labs

Where is Food Labs?

The first Food Labs location will be located in Manhattan on West 25th and 10th Avenue.

When will Food Labs open?

Programming is already underway. Our physical space will open in Fall 2019. Virtual programming is already underway. Connect here to learn more!

What's included in Food Labs Membership?

On-Site Amenities

• Dedicated Desk
• Conference Rooms & Phone Booths
• R&D Kitchen, Pantry & Storage
• Merchandising Showcase & Tasting Table
• Event Space, Podcast & Photo Studios
• Urban Agriculture R&D Space
• Inquire About Hot Desks & Private Offices

Programming & Resources

• Dedicated Labs Manager
• Weekly Workshops & Events
• Pitch Competitions & Demo Days
• Distribution Opportunities
• WeWork Labs' Global Expert Network
• Industry Partners & Resources

What are the program dates?

Food Labs is a continuous program. Members are welcome to start and end membership on a fluid basis.

How much does it cost?

Dedicated desks start at $550 / month. Hot desks and private offices are also available.

What kind of companies can apply?

We welcome a wide-range of startups across the food and agriculture industry to apply. In general, we are looking for sustainable companies working towards positively impacting the future of food. Food Labs supports startups across the food ecosystem, from CPG and hospitality, AI, robotics, kitchen appliances, supply chain and distribution software, to those building food and ag tech products.

When will know if i’m accepted?

We review applications on an on-going basis and will try to be in touch as soon as possible. For those joining the inaugural class, we will notify you a minimum of two months prior to launch.

Is there a specific stage you need to be in?

We are open to a range of startups, from pre-launch, launch, early growth, and high growth.

Accelerator Program

Where is the Accelerator?

The accelerator will operate out of the first Food Labs location, located in Manhattan on West 25th and 10th Avenue.

What are the program dates?

The accelerator program will launch in October 2019 and will run for 5 months, ending in March 2020.

What's included in the Accelerator?

On-Site Amenities

• Dedicated Desks for the founders
• Conference Rooms & Phone Booths
• R&D Kitchen, Pantry & Storage
• Merchandising Showcase & Tasting Table
• Event Space, Podcast & Photo Studios
• Urban Agriculture R&D Space

Programming & Resources

• Investment from WeWork
• Dedicated Program Manager
• Dedicated Industry Experts
• Structured Weekly Programming
• Workshops & Events, Fieldtrips & Office Hours
• Introductions to VC’s and Investors
• Connections to Industry Resources
• Pitch Competitions & Demo Days
• Distribution Opportunities

What stage business can apply?

We are open to a range of early-stage startups, from pre-launch to launch, and early growth to high growth.

What kind of companies can apply?

We encourage early-stage, sustainable companies impacting disruptive change across the food and ag ecosystem to apply. Industry segments welcomed include, but are not limited to:
• AI & Robotics
• Kitchen Appliances
• Ag Tech
• Supply Chain Tech
• Logistics & Distribution Tech
• Consumer Packaged Goods
• Educators & Nutrition
• Hospitality & Restaurants
• Alternative Protein & Biotech
• Urban & Vertical Ag

What is the application process?

Interested founders can apply here until June 1st. Our team will review the applications and schedule interviews with candidates we're moving forward with. Those accepted into the program will be notified by August 15th.

How much does WeWork invest in each company?

Investment size and structure will vary.

When will know if i’m accepted?

We review applications on an on-going basis and will try to be in touch as soon as possible. Those joining the inaugural accelerator cohort will be notified no later than August.

Can you share feedback on my application?

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide specific feedback at this time.

Do I have to be based in NYC?

At least one founder is expected to be located in NYC for the duration of the program.