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The Pilotworks Launchpad is an intensive six-week program designed especially for early-stage food entrepreneurs looking to build the foundation to jumpstart a new culinary business. Launchpad provides the framework and strategies for growing a food business from concept to launch. Courses are lead by Pilotworks staff or food industry professionals and partners and  courses highlight the challenges and rewards of starting a food business. The curriculum covers everything from business financing, licensing, marketing and cooking in a commercial kitchen.

In addition to the courses, participants have access to Pilotworks online Launchpad community of food entrepreneurs, where they can connect with other Launchpad participants, mentors, and partners who can help navigate through the obstacles of a growing business.

The introductory price for the program is $100 (normally $450).

Pilotworks is the nation’s largest operator of on-demand kitchen space that helps people start and scale food businesses. With the goal of empowering the next generation of food entrepreneurs, the community is there for you to create and launch your business. Pilotworks offers the support and tools that make your entrepreneurial ventures less daunting. Most importantly, Pilotworks has created a community of supportive culinary professionals looking to achieve the same goal: change the way we think about food.

The Pilotworks Launchpad program begins on July 24 in Chicago, IL at their location at 820 N Orleans St. Each session begins at 6pm and lasts approximately 2-2.5 hours. 

Chicago Pilotworks’ Launchpad schedule:

  • July 24: Introduction to Starting a Food Business
  • July 31: Storytelling and Marketing
  • Aug 7: Food Business Licensing 101
  • Aug 14: Finance for Food Makers
  • Aug 21: Cooking in a Commercial Kitchen, part 1
  • Aug 23: Cooking in a Commercial Kitchen, part 2
  • Aug 28: Launch Day and Graduation

Pilotworks Launchpad passes can be purchased here:     


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