Good Food Accelerator

Supporting the success of Chicago’s food-focused entrepreneurs throughout their business journey.


The Good Food Accelerator helps food entrepreneurs expand the production, marketing, and distribution of locally and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities.

Ways to get involved:

  • Apply for one of GFA’s two cohort-based accelerator programs: Accelerate for Growth or Go To Market. Our 3-month Go to Market program focuses on businesses that are in the early stages of development, while our 6-month Accelerate for Growth program is designed for businesses that are farther along. Each program includes classes, mentoring, and a cohort community that shares your journey. 
  • Apply to become a GFA Member, and get access to networking events, educational presentations, an expansive network of industry experts, and assistance from the GFA team in order to access the information, experts, and counsel you need. 

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator

Business Planning

  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space

Starting a Business

  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Carly Herron
225 W Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(319) 651-6011