Resource Profile

SC Community Loan Fund Feeding Innovation Program

Feeding Innovation is a comprehensive technical assistance program designed to support entrepreneurs interested in developing or expanding healthy food businesses in food deserts or underserved areas of the state. The goal of the program is to increase access to healthy food while supporting the development of strong, local entrepreneurs and community-based businesses.

Feeding Innovation participants engage in a ten week entrepreneurial training program featuring Clemson Agribusiness curriculum facilitated by [Clemson Extension]( The courses cover everything needed to develop a basic healthy food business plan from marketing to financial planning to negotiations and deal-making. With help from the course instructor and industry experts, participants refine their ideas and develop their business plans over the ten week period before presenting them to a panel of judges during a final pitch event. The three entrepreneurs with the strongest business plans are awarded $5, 000, $10, 000, and $30, 000 in seed capital.
All Entrepreneurs
Venture Type
Agricultural Ventures
Restaurants or Food Service
Traditional Businesses
Social Enterprises
Service-based Ventures
All Stages
June 4, 2021