What is the Monash food incubator?
The Monash Food Incubator supports food and agriculture startups and entrepreneurs to develop new products and ideas, support growth, and provide mentoring for break-through product development. Co-located in the heart of Monash University research facilities and Monash Food Innovation, the new state-of-the-art kitchen and co-working space facilitate a range of programs with specialised partners to support each stage of the life cycle of a new business from idea inception to scaling up.
Our programs are open to all entrepreneurs and businesses in food and agriculture and are not limited to Monash University alumni or faculty.
Located at the Monash University campus in Clayton, VIC, the Monash Food Incubator offers state-of-the-art kitchen and coworking facilities to all participants of the partner programs.
The registered kitchen facilitates the development and production of food products as well as mentorship and support for your creative journey.
Large coworking spaces are available for the running of programs and provide a professional environment for MFI participants to conduct meetings and work on their projects.
The partnership with Monash allows entrepreneurs to capitalise use of the facilities, relationships and expertise available through the University and the collaboration with each of the MFI partners.
Frequently Asked Questions
MFI brings together the best facilities, networks and expertise that Monash University can provide along with those of our partners into one place.
Absolutely not! Though the MFI is operated and run out of Monash University, you do not need to be affiliated with the University to participate.
Our partners all offer mentorship or coaching as a part of their programs, with the exception of Monash Food Innovation which is a targeted and research pathway for medium and large businesses."
Each of our partners offer unique programs and as such have different pricing and time commitments. Refer to each partner for the costs involved in their program.
Each of our partners offer unique programs and as such have different pricing and time commitments. Refer to each partner for the time commitment required.
If I have an idea but no funding, network or even a saleable product yet! Can the MFI still help me ?
We take care of entrepreneurs at each stage of their journey, including the very beginning stages! If you have a unique, commercialable, and innovative idea, we can help you bring it to life through programs such as NEIS .
We have programs that suit entrepreneurs and business at each stage of their journey from initial concept through to scaling up and also large corporates who are looking to innovate. Each program is specifically designed to service a particular segment. Find out where you fit by using the buttons on our homepage.
Absolutely! Get in touch with us via our enquiry form on our contact page and we'd be more than happy to assist you wit the next step for your business.
Certainly – we have a state-of-the-art licensed kitchen that gives you access to a professional and registered space to conduct your product development and production as well as mentorship and coaching if required.
Our large space offers a professional environment for you to conduct meetings or work on your projects at a cost.
One of the key benefits of the MFI is access to the networks and expertise of Monash University and the partners. Contact us for more information on how we can assist you.
By participating in one of our MFI partner programs, you will establish and develop relationships with other participants and mentors, as well as receiving access to suppliers, investors, manufacturers, lawyers, accountants, etc. Refer to our testimonials or contact us for more information.
The MFI is specifically designed and targeted for entrepreneurs and businesses in food and agriculture. As such, we do not cater for those outside of these industries.