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WeWork Food Labs Accelerator

Apply to the Food Labs Accelerator

March 14: Applications Open
June 1: Applications Due
August 15: Inaugural Cohort Notified
October 1: Accelerator Kickoff

Questions? Check out our FAQ section below.

Food Labs Accelerator

To propel the We Company's global commitment to sustainability, WeWork Food Labs will invest over $1M in food and agriculture startups through the Food Labs Accelerator. This program focuses on critical issues within the food industry, advancing solutions in an expedited timeline.

We welcome early-stage startups across the food and agriculture ecosystem to apply. Startups admitted into the NY-based accelerator program will follow a structured curriculum over a 5-month timeline, beginning in October 2019. Applications are due on June 1, 2019. Have questions? Check out our FAQ page.


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.