Accelerating Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship Through Ecosystem Engagement

2023 Rhode Island Food System Summit Breakout Session

Branchfood and Johnson & Wales University, in collaboration with the Rhode Island Food Center at URI, are pleased to invite you to join us to discuss accelerating food innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

9:00 – 10:15 AM

Johnson & Wales University, Harborside Campus, 320 Harborside Blvd., Providence, RI

This session will include an interactive discussion featuring experts from across the food system on how emerging businesses can access and leverage resources within their local eco-system to build their businesses. Stories will be shared to provide best practices and guide emerging food entrepreneurs through the opportunities and challenges of business growth. The discussion will be followed by a showcase of food entrepreneurs sharing their innovative products.

Moderator: Ezenwayi Amaechi, Director, Johnson & Wales Entrepreneurship Center
Kim Anderson, Co-Founder at Plant City
Lauren Abda, Founder at Branchfood
Fred Tiess, Master Instructor, Johnson & Wales University

Watch the video to learn more about this session.

In addition, several local companies will be showcasing their products:

  • Bootblack Brand Cocktail Sodas and Syrups
  • Everything Jams
  • Beach Town Beverage Company
  • Loco Coffee
  • Shady Lane Foods
  • Ancient Bakers
  • Kassumay
  • Panbiotics

Parking will be available on site and this event is accessible by bus and train.

Register Now


Dismiss message

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Matthew Britt at