Foodpreneur is a program of 12 weeks with near 16 specialized courses, and personalized mentoring sessions with experts, to help address critical early-stage business operations like strategic planning, corporate structuring, recipes standardization, among others. Guidance on brand optimization, product development, supply chain management, customer acquisition, and distribution is also included.

This program is possible thanks to the subvention of CDBG-DR Funds, focused on benefit low- and moderate-income persons by giving their start-up businesses opportunities that otherwise, they are not affordable to them. Admission is subject to availability and HUD eligibility requirements.


When you participate in Foodpreneur, you gain the extra knowledge and insights you need to make your foodservice idea a reality or take your current business to the next level. Enroll today and cook up success.

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The Foodpreneur curriculum is taught by highly experienced and active industry professionals, specialized in every aspect of the foodservice industry, including legal, financial, operations, manufacturing, and more. Through the courses, they share with you their valuable life and business lessons. Meet our 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


Empower your idea or business with knowledge that goes beyond the kitchen.

Business Model Canvas

Permits and Regulations

Food Labeling

Co-packing facilities

Social Media as a Sales Tool

Brands and Intellectual Property


Scaling your Product

Logistics and Distribution

Accounting and Finance

Recipe Development

The Art of the Sales Pitch

Customer Service

How to Access Capital

Revenue Management


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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