Packaged Food Incubator & Accelerator

Fulton Commons provides early-stage food businesses with a cohesive, instructional-based program which helps businesses successfully launch and scale a packaged food brand.
The curriculum will feature guest speakers and experts in all related fields, including leaders in our local food system in Pittsburgh.
Upon completion of the programming, entrepreneurs will be positioned to sell their products in retail outlets, grocery stores, farmers markets, and online platforms. The coursework will be structured in a cohort format, creating additional opportunities to network with other business owners and like-minded individuals in the industry.


Application period currently open, next cohort program begins October 2023.

Two Offerings

Program placement will be assessed upon review of application form

Incubator Program

(6 sessions – beginning in October 2023)

The incubator program is geared for new business owners and individuals who have an initial concept for a packaged food product. Classes will be 6 PM – 9 PM on Tuesdays starting October 3rd. Topics:
10/3 – Financing and Fundraising
10/10 – Marketing and Branding
10/17 – Business Plan Development & Tools
10/24 – Workshop and Roundtable Event
11/1 (Wednesday) – Food Law
11/7 – Regulatory and Label Requirements
This program will also include basic overviews of topics which will be expanded upon during the accelerator program.

Accelerator Program

(12 sessions – beginning Spring 2024)

The accelerator program is ideal for businesses which have an established, viable product and are ready to scale.
This coursework will feature an in depth review of key subjects including financing, marketing, accounting, ingredient sourcing, product formulation, cost analysis, shelf life testing, food safety, regulatory requirements, labeling, distribution tactics, and retail partnerships.

Fulton Commons Kitchen Member Discounts

50% off Incubator Program

30% off Accelerator Program