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Chobani™ Spring 2020 Cohort
Chobani launched the Chobani Incubator for food and beverage startups in our ongoing mission to bring better food to more people.
The Chobani Incubator is designed to help nurture, support, and celebrate like-minded food startups that can positively impact our world. Our vision is to help positively shape the food industry of tomorrow. As a part of this unique program, food entrepreneurs who share our vision for Delicious, Nutritious, Natural, and Accessible (DNNA) food will receive support, guidance, and resources needed to provide better food to all.
You will need to create an account in order to start your application and save your responses along the way.
If you applied for the Spring 2019 cohort, you may log in to your previously created account to make any updates or edits to your application, and click resubmit. You will only be considered for the 2020 cohort if you login and resubmit. We recommend updating your information so that we can track your growth since the last application.
If you applied to an earlier cohort, you will have to create an account and start from the beginning.
All submission forms will be handled through this site. You can save your work as you go and return to the site as often as needed, but not after finalizing and submitting the entry. All applications must be completed and submitted by the submission deadline of Sunday, December 1, at 11:59 PM PST.
For a full list of FAQs about the program and application, please visit our website. Below are questions specific to the application:
What are the criteria for consideration in the program?
Since our Incubator is really about fulfilling our company’s mission to provide better food for more people, we’re looking for early stage purpose-driven food and beverage product companies—those who have a vision that’s much like our own food philosophy.
We are looking for food makers who are:
- Doing the right thing: Companies creating delicious, nutritious, natural, and accessible food
- Inclusive: Products that are accessible and affordable to all
- Like-minded: Companies with heart and passion that want to deliver good food to more people in a sustainable way with positive social impact
- Ready to go and grow: Company leadership and key people are able to participate in the U.S.-based 4-month Incubator Program consisting of on-site programming in New York, and visits to Chobani facilities, retailers, and trade shows
How early is “too early” for my company? I’m still in ideation stage.
We’re excited to build a community of passionate food startups to support entrepreneurs at various stages. The program we’ve designed is intended for those who are already producing and selling their products with some early traction. We encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter for updates on the program and events so you can keep us up to date on your progress.
Is my company too far along to be considered “early stage”?
We see the value in peer mentorship so we look for an Incubator class with a variety of stages of companies in order to support and help each other. Even if you already have a large number of team members and are selling in thousands of doors, our program can add value and help your company to continue to grow. That being said, if you are doing more than $5MM in annual revenue, your company may be too far along. We would encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter to get involved in other programming and events, or even as a mentor to our founders.
When and how long is the program?
The Spring 2020 program will run for four months, meeting one week per month, from March to June 2020. Program dates are subject to change.
Is there any advantage to applying earlier rather than waiting until the deadline?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply sooner rather than later.
Can I speak to someone directly about the program and/or application?
If you have further questions upon reading through the website and FAQ, please reach out to email@example.com, and someone will get back to you.
When will applicants be contacted?
All applicants will be contacted with an update of their application by early January.