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FoodLab Sydney

How to start a food business in Sydney

University of Sydney
University of Sydney
Parramatta and City Roads, Camperdown NSW 2006

Mondays, 6pm to 9pm Fridays, Saturdays, 8am to 4:30pm Friday 9 July to Saturday 18 September Saturday 9 October from 10am to 3pm


Starting from: $0 (sponsorship placement - online only)Starting from: $850 (with TAFE)

We're FoodLab Sydney, a for-purpose food business incubator born out of a desire to radically transform Sydney’s local food system through innovation, inclusion, education and mentorship. We're an intensive training program for anyone wanting to start their career in food.

What we do

We are on a mission to create lasting economic, social and environmental change in the beautiful city of Sydney by empowering budding food entrepreneurs with the skills, tools, networks and resources needed to become a food enterprise in Sydney or an innovative leader within one. And we are currently accepting applications for our next program!

Each year, we run two programs of approximately 20 students who are carefully selected from a diverse range of different ages, backgrounds, cultures, minority groups, but each with a passion for food. Students take part in FoodLab’s structured orientation and induction, a food business and entrepreneurship course, and an optional but recommended kitchen operations qualification run through TAFE NSW at Ultimo.

The 3-month intensive program provides an introductory food business education, hands-on technical assistance, critical kitchen and safety skills, a food sustainability framework, optional activities and events, connections and mentoring, guest speakers from around the Sydney food system, access to market opportunities, and a linked-minded community for foodies.

Who can apply

No prior education or experience is necessary to enrol in the program. The FoodLab Sydney program is ideal for people above 18 who:

  • Live in the greater Sydney area, particularly those in the City of Sydney council area

  • Have a food business idea and may be seriously considering launching

  • Have already launched their food enterprise (0-2 years old) and are looking for guidance, strategic support and connections

  • Have a number of different food business ideas and not sure which one is viable

  • Want to kickstart their career in food and use their passion for food to make Sydney a better place to live and eat

  • Will be 100% committed to the program and can attend at least 80% of the program dates

FoodLab Sydney is passionate about embracing:

  • People from all walks of life, ages, backgrounds, particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

  • Anyone experiencing some kind of disadvantage in getting a job or starting a business

  • People who are passionate about food and are serious about starting their own food businesses or becoming a leader within one

Interested? Here's what you need to know:

We can't wait to meet you and learn about your ideas to make Sydney a better, more beautiful, and more sustainable place to live and eat.

Covid-safe information

In-person Covid-safe measures are conducted by TAFE NSW in compliance with the latest guidelines with the City of Sydney.



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