Feeding Innovation Upstate

Are you an entrepreneur interested in developing or expanding a business that provides access to healthy foods in underserved areas across South Carolina?  If you answered yes, we invite you to participate in a challenge that will help you achieve your dream.

How it Works

Participants will present a business plan that:

  • Proposes an innovative, market-based, business-oriented solution to the issue of local, healthy food access
  • Targets a community with limited availability of and accessibility to healthy foods
  • Incorporates community input to ensure local needs are met

Benefits of Participation

All Feeding Innovation participants will receive:

  • Business plan development
  • Special participation in NxLevel Training
  • Personal business mentor


A team of judges will review all submitted business plans and evaluate them based on established rating standards.  One selected entrepreneur will receive:

  • $10,000 seed capital award in the form of a forgivable loand
  • Up to $500,000 in business financing (pending approval)
  • Expert technical assistance (accounting, marketing, etc.)

Program Partners

Clemson Cooperative Extension
Greenville County
Live Well Greenville

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