Food Business Incubation Network (FoodBIN) Origins

In 2002, the Food Business Incubation Network (FoodBIN) was created by the Rutgers Food Innovation Center (FIC), as a virtual association of business incubators and innovation centers, with the primary purpose of sharing information and best practices, so that we can work together and facilitate the improvement of local economies worldwide.   

FoodBIN began as a conference of food incubator and innovation centers.   The Rutgers FIC hosted the first conference in 2002, and the last conference which was held in 2008 (click here for an overview of the 2008 conference and all of the presentations).  Other conferences have been held at Cornell University, SUNY Morrisville, Oregon State University, and Iowa State University. The FoodBIN conference has become the world's leading venue for advancing best practices in food business incubation, and identifying programs, services, funding sources, and partnerships that can maximize impacts to food and agribusinesses within regional economies. 

As a second stage of growth, the Rutgers Food Innovation Center has now created a listserv for FoodBIN (click here to join this listserv).  This listserv will be extremely valuable for anyone that is currently managing, developing, or considering a business incubator, business development support center, economic development program, or providing any type of entrepreneurship training and counseling to the food and agricultural industries within their community.  

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