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Union Kitchen

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Union Kitchen is a food accelerator based in Washington, D.C. that is recognized for its core mission to build successful food businesses. It provides a platform for food entrepreneurs to scale and prosper through a strategic combination of a food accelerator, vertically integrated services, and distribution.

With an emphasis on community, accessibility, and the shared success, Union Kitchen has fostered a unique ecosystem built to propel startups towards growth. It provides comprehensive business services including strategy, branding, sales, distribution, and capital.

Union Kitchen has had some notable success stories in the startup world. One of the highlighted success stories is Compass Coffee, a DC-based coffee company that first set up shop in the Union Kitchen's first class in 2014. Thanks to Union Kitchen's supportive ecosystem, Compass Coffee quickly grew out of the accelerator's shared commercial kitchen and now boasts over nine locations citywide.

Another success story is the innovative snacks brand, Popcorners, which also participated in Union Kitchen's accelerator program. Popcorners utilized Union Kitchen's resources and, with strategic help from the accelerator's business services, it managed to capture a strong market share in the highly competitive snack food market.

Moreover, the Union Kitchen’s Grocery program, designed to facilitate direct store delivery, manages the warehousing, sales, delivery, invoicing, collections, and merchandising to over 200 regional locations, aiding member growth.

Whether you are a business owner, investor, food aficionado or local resident, Union Kitchen is a pivotal player in the food startup ecosystem and a beacon for those wishing to get a leg up in the food industry. Leveraging this unique ecosystem, Union Kitchen is truly at the forefront of fostering a new wave of successful food startups.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

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Discover new investments and dealflow opportunities from some of the most innovative startups and individuals emerging from Union Kitchen (University). Sign up now to be part of this exclusive network.

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