2016 Food Accelerator Cohort


Agraria Farm and Edibles is a Rehoboth-based farm that strives to contribute a new model of small scale agriculture that provides sustainable and systemic change.

Entrepreneur: Barbara Link


Bellicchi’s Best Biscotti  was born out of adversity and now offers three flavors. This RI-based company donates 5% of profits to the Alzheimer’s Association and also plans to help others start successful home businesses.

Entrepreneur: Kathleen Bellicchi


Fox Point Pickling Company is on a mission to provide the Ocean State with a delicious, locally sourced sugar free, additive free, naturally gluten-free and non-GMO small-batch pickle.

Entrepreneur: Ziggy Goldfarb


Glenwood Garden is an e-market for sustainably made food while helping nonprofits gain a recurring source of revenue.

Entrepreneur: Jonah Rapino


The Humble Pie Company provides its customers with freshly baked, honest pies made with wholesome ingredients sourced from local farms.

Entrepreneur: Daniel Sheehan


Laughing Gull Chocolates uses all direct trade, premium local ingredients to allow consumers to closer to their food source, and learn the intriguing, magical story of chocolate.

Entrepreneur: Lindsay Tarnoff


Leah’s Recipe is a snack line of evolved, plant-based, whole-food snacks that integrate into a health and wellness-based lifestyle.

Entrepreneur: Leah Rosin- Pritchard


Mesa Fresca offers an authentic chimichurri sauce and hopes to address the gap in the marketplace for authentic, fresh packaged Hispanic food.

Entrepreneurs: Nathalie and Alan Alberto


Newport Cooks partners with local chefs to offer affordable cooking classes to the community. They teach adults and children to cook for fun, creative inspiration and to promote healthier lifestyle choices.

Entrepreneur: Mary Weaver


Ocean State Smoked Fish Company offers locally sourced, uniquely smoked fish. They also set aside a portion of their profits for a culinary scholarship fund dedicated to Rhode Island fishing families.

Entrepreneur: Jeffrey Powell


Savory Fare is a meal delivery service for seniors, enabling them to stay healthy and remain in their own homes.

Entrepreneur: Mary Hughes


SecondsFirst is a food processing business that prepares, freezes, and packages imperfect vegetables from local farms and also processes under-appreciated RI fish into fish cakes for food insecure communities.

Entrepreneur: Erika Lamb