Foodpreneur was a program with specialized courses, and personalized mentoring sessions with experts, that helped address critical early-stage business operations like strategic planning, corporate structuring, and recipes standardization, among others. Guidance on brand optimization, product development, supply chain management, customer acquisition, and distribution was also included.

This program was possible thanks to the subvention of CDBG-DR Funds.

Foodpreneur is no longer available in this format. Stay tuned for future openings.


The Foodpreneur curriculum was taught by highly experienced and active industry professionals, specialized in every aspect of the foodservice industry, including legal, financial, operations, manufacturing, and more. Our former instructors:


Profa. Nannette G. Méndez López
Universidad Ana G. Méndez
Carolina Campus

Roberto Trigos Micolo
Gondens International

Nelson Serrano Bahri
Puerto Rico Food Innovations

Prof. Rafael Menéndez Fuentes
Universidad Ana G. Méndez
Carolina Campus

Anna Karina Lawson
Causa Local

Linda Holcman
What’s Next Ventures

Prof. Rubén Gordillo González
Universidad Ana G. Méndez
Carolina Campus

Juan M. Román Castro
Immersion, Inc.

Jaymarie Correa Avilés
Ingenium Professional Group PSC Permisos SOS

Lcda. Vanessa Mercado Collazo
Estudio Legal Vanessa Mercado

Lucia Soto Mangual
Wawi, Inc.

Ana G. Rodríguez Gómez
Corporación Juvenil para el Desarrollo de Comunidades Sostenibles


Foodpreneur does make a difference. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what program graduates have to say about their experience.

Sabor Caribe

“I began the program with an idea and left with my hands full, with a lot of work to do.”
- Anaís Segarra

Mermeladas Ana Belén

“My most valuable lesson was developing my business side.”
- Ana Belén Gutiérrez

Sweet Bites

“I gained a better understanding of the market and how our product can differentiate itself.”
- Caroline González

Sazón Chef Cinco Estrellas

“I learned to scale my product and learned about permits, labels, distribution, and more.”
- Joe Padilla

Cosecha Urbana

“The mentors helped visualize my product as a foodservice item to even consider exporting it.”
- Yadira Cedeño

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