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Since 2019 we have helped launch over 30 businesses with entrepreneurs from all different cultures, backgrounds, work experiences and ages.

Food business is worlds apart from any other industry, and there are a lot of things that I learned here that would be impossible to have known otherwise. If I didn't join FoodLab I am confident I would have failed. The gold of FoodLab is the people and their generosity.

Sarah

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Justine's Story

Artisan and Founder - IndigiBites

“To me, IndigiBites is much more than a food business, it’s a personal journey. I found out I was Indigenous at the age of 16 but I never learned about my own culture at the time. When I became homeless 11 years ago with my four-year-old daughter, I turned to The Big Issue and Two Good Co where I regained my confidence, and in 2019 I found out about FoodLab Sydney. That’s when I started to really discover my Indigenous heritage and find healing through food.

 

Having grown up in Palawa (Tasmania), right underneath Kunanyi (Mount Wellington), my life was scattered with vivid images of living off the land. From our daily fishing trips off Bruny Island, to making bush bread with mum on camping trips. I want people in Sydney to experience that same nourishment I felt as a kid.

 

FoodLab Sydney has given me the confidence not just to launch my dream business but to think bigger and broader. I now not only sell my native bush bites to local cafes and cater events, but I am also mentoring in the program and sharing my knowledge with the new cohorts.”