Phase One Investment

As part of acceptance to the Union Kitchen Accelerator, we invest in proportion to our 10% equity stake against Kitchen membership fees. 

How Proportional Investing Works

Our 10% capital investment is based on how much you put into your company as an initial investment. For example, if you invest $900 in your company, we will invest $100 (or 10% of the total initial capital: $1000). Check out our chart below for how much investment you would receive at various levels of founder investment.

 

Founder Investment Union Kitchen Investment Total Starting Capital
$900 $100 $1000
$4,500 $500 $5,000
$9,000 $1,000 $10,000
$13,500 $1,500 $15,000
$15,000 $1,667 $16,670
$18,000 $2,000 $20,000
$22,500 $2,500 $25,000
$27,000 $3,000 $30,000
$36,000 $4,000 $40,000
$45,000 $5,000 $50,000
$72,000 $8,000 $80,000
$90,000 $10,000 $100,000
$180,000 $20,000 $200,000

Founder Capital Requirements

To be considered for the Accelerator, we require a minimum Founder Investment of $10,000. However, we recommend securing $15,000 for product launch.  This will allow you to make forward-looking decisions. 

What happens if I don't have $15,000 in capital available?

There are different funding options for food startup businesses including small business loans, grants, and crowdfunding. We recommend checking out Kiva. Kiva is a non-profit that connects entrepreneurs to their network of donors to fund 0% interest rate, non-recourse loans.  Learn more in our guide to Kiva on setting up your loan.