The Health Enterprise Development Initiative (HEDI)

HEDI LogoAre you interested in growing your food-related business?  This free, three month training in March to May 2014 could help you out.

The Health Enterprise Development Initiative (HEDI) is a training program for entrepreneurs creating companies fostering healthy eating, active living, and other missions promoting health for consumers, suppliers, and communities. HEDI is a collaboration between the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Public Health Seattle King CountySlow Money NorthwestKick (the “inclusive” incubator), and GPS Capital Partners.

The HEDI program is an enterprise accelerator (rapid development course) that meets in-person four times across 11 weeks, and online weekly in the intermediate weeks.  This is a “hybrid” structure that combines online and in-person learning, similar in structure to the Hybrid MBA offered by the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI).

The application process for HEDI’s first session is open to any non-profit or for-profit organization meeting the mission of promoting healthy local food systems. The ideal enterprise has either launched a product or service and is working toward their revenue goals, or is an established enterprise with a track record of success and that is trying to see if their new idea is worth pursuing. For this round the perfect candidate is offering a product or service that benefits both a low income consumer and a local farmer or food producer. Five to eight enterprises will be invited to participate.

Participants will be provided a rapid development course in Sustainable Food & Agriculture and Sustainable Business, based on and taught by instructors of those two classes from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, plus materials from the Entrepreneurship programs of The Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Kick. See the full curriculum here.

Participants will be paired with experienced mentors, to provide advice and guidance in building a financially sustainable business.  Additionally, participants will be paired with MBA students from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, to help work through business planning, strategy, and operational issues. This training will position your organization for seeking grants and loans to expand your ability to earn revenue for your organization.  You will have a stronger business plan and connections with fellow students, faculty, funders and lenders.

The schedule for HEDI includes:

  • Applications due by February 14th.
  • Invitations sent by February 28th.
  • Day 1 in-person session, Food & Agriculture, March 18th.
  • Online sessions March 25th.
  • Day 2 in-person session, Entrepreneurship, April 1st.
  • Online sessions, April 8th, 15th, 22nd.
  • Day 3 in-person session, Entrepreneurial Communications, April 29th.
  • Online sessions, May 6th, 13th, 20th.
  • Day 4 in-person session, Final Presentations, May 27th.

Minimum requirements include:

  • An early-stage startup
  • A mission related to healthy eating and local food systems
  • A desire for education and mentorship
  • A commitment to attend all the in-person sessions

You can view HEDI’s full curriculum here and access the course materials and background readings here.

The application period for this first round is now closed. We will update this page once we open the next round.

HEDI is made possible by grants from Public Health Seattle King County (PHSKC), and private funders.

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