What is Lean Food Startup?

We conceived of Lean Food Startup as an extension of the Lean Startup movement. Traditionally, Lean Startup methodology has been deployed specifically within the tech startup environment. But we’re here to ask the question: can lean startup methods and principles be applied to the food startup world?

We’re here to test out whether the hypothesis that the Build-Measure-Learn loop that’s central to lean startups can be applied to food entrepreneurship. The goal is to see if food entrepreneurs could increase their success rates, prosper, and benefit from the application of these methods. Can daring and bold concepts in food be iterated upon in a way similar to how people build tech apps?

We’ll be exploring these questions in the coming weeks and months in conjunction with the development of the Columbia Food Lab, a physical culinary incubator. Stay tuned!


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