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Boston is an incredible city for building companies. Many of the greats in tech and healthcare have build their businesses here, and their leadership is active in the community helping entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground.

We see these groups of mentors come together around places like MassChallenge, The New England Venture Capital Association, TechStars, creating an easy place for entrepreneurs to go for help. As we welcome more and more food companies into the Food Loft community, we've heard that it's harder for food and foodtech founders to find mentors that understand the specifics of the food industry. We set out to change that. 

We're excited to share the launch of The Food Loft Mentor Network, an initiative that connects food business leaders and food startups from across Boston’s innovation, media and investment arenas.  The goal of the mentor network is to provide startups with access to strategic advisement and targeted assistance tackling specific business needs and problems.

Mentors within the network bring expertise in food packaging and design, marketing, e-commerce and direct-to-consumer sales models, fundraising, startup operations, community outreach, restaurant-tech innovation and more.

We received over a dozen enthusiastic yeses for this initial launch, and are excited to watch it grow. We can’t wait to see what these collaborations bring to the food space.

The Food Loft Mentor Network is an open access initiative, meant to engage startups from both within and outside of the Food Loft network. Check out the full list of active mentors here.

If you are a food or foodtech startup interested in access to the Mentor Network, or want to participate as a mentor, please reach out to our Community Manager, Casey for more information: casey@thefoodloft.com.