Want to Grow, Scale, Make More Money?

If you thought to yourself yes! or nodded your head in agreement with the title of this article… then you should get to know our FFI Fellows Program!

In 2021, we took our acclaimed FFI FaBcap Accelerator and expanded it into the national FFI Fellows Program. Now we can help even more food and agriculture businesses build financial resiliency, become profitable, and access the capital they need to grow and scale.

The FFI Fellows Program provides a unique, impactful opportunity that requires only a minor time commitment but yields a major reward. Each food-focused entrepreneur is paired with an industry-expert coach, and together, they work through sales, operations, accounting, finance, food safety, marketing, branding, and other key areas of business. The program also facilitates peer education and support through bimonthly learning groups with fellow cohort members.

Additionally, fellows get access to our suite of on-demand courses, workshops, and immersion trainings, such as Raising Equity and Scenario Planning. Each cycle lasts roughly seven months, kicking off with our foundational Financial Management Boot Camp and culminating in an investor pitch.

Right now, we are busy gearing up for our 2023 FFI Fellows Program. We are excited to host three cohorts of 15 fellows each this coming year, giving 45 food and ag entrepreneurs from Wisconsin and across the U.S. the opportunity to enrich their businesses.

There will be two Food Brand cohorts—one running from January to June 2023, and the other running from July to December 2023. We will also offer a cohort for technology, value-added agriculture, and processing (TAP) businesses, and that will run from April through October 2023.

Oh, and here’s some even sweeter news: the FFI Fellows Program is completely FREE, thanks to funding from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the support of our sponsor network.

We will provide more details and precise dates—and make the callout for applications—very soon! We hope you will consider applying or encourage your network and clients to apply. This is truly a transformational opportunity that helps take a business to the next level.  

If you would like us to contact you when the application period opens, fill out our contact form to add your business to the Fellows Program interest list. 

And now, our roundup of the best food and beverage finance news, events and resources from around the web…

Business Model Insights

Raising Capital

CPG/National Brands

Market Trends

Farming and AgTech


Industry Events

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