We are extremely thankful for the strong federal, state, and community support we have received, which has enabled us to make such significant progress in such a relatively short period of time. To date, funding for the Food Innovation Center has been received from the Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station; US Department of Agriculture; US Economic Development Administration; US Small Business Administration; State of New Jersey; NJ Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; NJ Commission on Science & Technology; NJ Department of Agriculture; the Cumberland Empowerment Zone; and the City of Bridgeton NJ.
FIC Investor Engagement
At the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University, we understand the importance of investors in food startups. Our investor network is deep and we ensure that our clients have access to and are ready to pitch to investors. There are many ways in which our innovation center is engaging the investor community, although we do not provide funding for our clients.
The FIC is often represented at numerous state, national and international events that are typically attended by the venture capital and corporate investment community. This brings awareness to the FIC, and that it is essentially a mechanism and catalyst for deal flow to the venture community. Further engagement of funding organizations includes their participation at FIC workshops and training sessions as speakers, panelists or facilitators.