Food Incubator

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.

What do entrepreneurs think?

"The Monash food incubator connects you with really valuable business contacts to help mentor you at the critical business stages."

Elaine Young

Founder - Infuse Food Innovation

"I will be launching a brand that is strategic and planned and has a great opportunity for success. I went from an idea and came out with an opportunity. I am smarter and more savvy than I was three months ago."

Arianne Sackville

Founder of Bell and Bone pet products (Rocket Seeder Alumni)

Our facilities

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

I want to start a business

For entrepreneurs who have a great idea but are unsure how to get it off the ground, the NEIS programs will provide you with the support and guidance you need to turn your idea into a business.

The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) assists eligible job seekers who have an idea for a viable new small business to establish their self-employment venture. The program provides business training, advice and mentorship to unemployed people, and people working 15 hours or less per week. A fully costed commercially viable business plan will be developed as part of the program.

In addition, income support and access to finance may also be available.  NEIS provides a valuable and supportive pathway to becoming an entrepreneur, which may otherwise not be available.

Contact details

03 9209 5119


I want to grow my business

For those who have an established small business, perhaps turning over some six-figure revenues, but itching for that next stage of growth or just feel a bit stuck and unsure how to take your business to the next level, Badalya’s coaching program will help you reach new heights.

Badalya is a global food and beverage venture catalyst which specialises in taking validated food concepts to global markets. We work with you, solving the challenges of taking your brand global. We are here to help fund, commercialise, and accelerate your idea globally and shorten the time to profitability with our business expertise, partnership, funding and unique access to resources.

Contact details

George Gekas +61 424 034 747


Innovation for Medium and large businesses

In a market that is becoming increasingly competitive with a customer base with changing needs, medium and large businesses are seeking to innovate and understand their customers on a deeper level.

Monash Food Innovation (MFI) applies innovation to help businesses thrive. We challenge and inspire the way food businesses work, think, create and act.

MFI’s mission is to co-create consumer-led food and food system answers with industry, government, entrepreneurs and research communities of interest. We provide a like-minded ecosystem of industry, government, research and entrepreneurial communities. Co-created with Monash science and technology, we have created an industry-friendly innovation system to support your efforts to differentiate and take action in both Australian and export markets.

We can also connect you with food entrepreneurs to help solve tomorrow’s problems with their unique perspectives and ideas through specifically tailored corporate programs such as the incubator we co-created with Chobani.