Supporting a Regional Community of Food Organizations

This solution addresses limited support for place-based food ventures in Detroit for triple bottom line food businesses

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Problem Description

FoodLab Detroit (the focus of this solution) was created as a way to unite organizations all working towards the goal of increasing the availability of good food in the Detroit area. These businesses often have humble beginnings and benefit greatly from the support of a common-interest organization. Among other things, it allows them to meet like-minded organizations, receive mentorship opportunities, leverage a trusted brand, and acquire essential beginner business skills .

Building Blocks

Story

FoodLab Detroit started in 2011 with a handful of food entrepreneurs dedicated to further supporting the growing 'good food' movement in Detroit. Over time the organization has expanded to include a variety of programs and events surrounding this theme. In 2013 FoodLab held its first membership drive, accepting an inaugural group of 50 organizations. There are currently 154 member organizations.

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Contributed By

  • Devita Davison, FoodLab Detroit
  • Angela Dagle, FoodLab Detroit

Solution Stage

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Growing scaling and spreading6
Strong leadership, management, implementation skills
  • Business or organisational growth
  • Franchising
  • Licensing
  • Legislation
  • Spreading ideas
  • Transferring practice
  • Fidelity assessments may be important
  • Strong capacity needed to ensure transfer of practice
MEDIUM
  • Equity, loans, payment by results, social impact bonds
HIGH
Evidence derived from evaluations in multiple sites, and independently run randomised control trials
Innovation or impact at scale

Key Details

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