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Becoming a FoodLab Volunteer

We have over 80 volunteers and mentors involved in supporting the program and our food entrepreneurs. If you share our values and our vision, we would love you to consider supporting our entrepreneurs as well.

There are three ways to get involved as a volunteer at FoodLab:

  1. Skilled technical assistance providers - who support entrepreneurs with industry guidance such as legal support, graphic design, or branding.

  2. Mentors - are paired with participants to offer macro-level support over their business direction.

  3. FoodLab volunteers - who help with growing the capacity of our organisation so we can further our impact. 


I'm humbled to a mentor in the FoodLab program. FoodLab’s approach gives people the confidence and tools to help them take the leap to start their food business. This support helps answer their questions, save them from mistakes and time, connects them to contacts within the industry and helps support their creativity. FoodLab mentors offer a real insight into what to expect on the journey within the food industry.

Merna Taouk, Founder of Crumpets by Merna

Why volunteer at FoodLab?

We love working with volunteers who have a genuine love for giving back to their local food community and supporting people who need it the most. However, there are a number of other benefits that come with mentoring at FoodLab:

  • build your leadership skills by reflecting on your own career learnings, achievements and milestones

  • get exposure to fresh ideas, new perspectives and different cultures

  • increase your professional networks through participants in the program and other volunteers

  • become a part of the FoodLab community and receive invitations to skillshare events, kitchen days and other opportunities

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