April 18, 2016 – Six entrepreneurs will present their business plans to a panel of judges on Thursday, April 28th in the final stage of South Carolina Community Loan Fund’s Feeding Innovation program in Spartanburg. The pitch event will be held at 6:30 pm in the The Greenhouse on the third floor of THE GEORGE.

Feeding Innovation is a comprehensive technical assistance program that supports entrepreneurs interested in developing and expanding healthy food enterprises in underserved areas of South Carolina. The program moves throughout the state and is open to new and existing entrepreneurs free of charge. Feeding Innovation participants in Spartanburg have spent eight weeks attending NxLevel courses, facilitated by Clemson Agricultural Extension’s Will Culler, which are designed to provide the tools and mentorship needed to develop their healthy food business plans. The entrepreneurs will present their business plans to a panel of judges at the Spartanburg final pitch event and the participant with the strongest business plan will receive a $12,500 seed capital award for their business.

“There are a lot of great healthy food retail ideas out there, but there aren’t a lot of solid business plans to execute these projects,” explains Anna Hamilton Lewin, Chief Operating Officer for SCCLF.  “Feeding Innovation provides the opportunity entrepreneurs need to explore and expand on these ideas, and eventually, allow SCCLF to provide critical financing to make these ideas a reality.”

Community members are encouraged to attend the final pitch event which is free and open to the public. RSVP today at feeding-innovation-spartanburg.eventbrite.com.

Feeding Innovation Spartanburg is sponsored by South Carolina Community Loan Fund and program partners include the Clemson Cooperative Extension and Spartanburg Entrepreneurial Network.

About South Carolina Community Loan Fund: South Carolina Community Loan Fund is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Charleston. Its mission is to advance equitable access to capital by providing loans, technical assistance and advocacy for affordable housing, healthy food retail, community facilities and community business enterprise. Since its inception in 2004, it has financed more than $25.8 million in loans throughout the state, resulting in the completion of more than $217.8 million in community development projects. For more information, please visit www.sccommunityloanfund.org.