Food Innovation Lab
The Food Innovation Lab is an 800-sq. ft. facility that supports a unique cohort of food and beverage startups at Penn.

What We Offer

The program supports restaurant concepts or food products along with hosting tasting events to gain consumer insight and outline the path to market.

Two Four-Burner Ranges
with cameras set up for cooking demonstrations
Two 24” Flat Tops
Double-deck Convection Oven
20-qt. Mixer
Two Food Warmers
Water Activity Meter, pH Meter, Autoclave

Food Innovation Lab Cohort Highlights

SuChef is a community for incredible cooking experiences. Check out our beta app and Instagram.
DinnerParty provides affordable, at-home hosting boxes with ready-to-cook ingredients, dinnerware, and tableware.
Kokada's products are peanut free, vegan, gluten free, organic, and made with simple ingredients that you can understand! As a woman owned, minority owned company, we strive to bring inclusive snacks to the table for everyone to enjoy!
470 Baking Company is a sourdough goods business home to Melissa's Sourdough Crisps, with a distinct tart flavor that could only come from the magic of a sourdough starter created at 470 2nd avenue in the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco.
The Food Innovation Lab exists as a space to support student entrepreneurs in the food and beverage space. Apply today with your venture idea.

DEADLINE: Monday, Oct. 2nd @ 11:59p ET
Test Kitchen Gallery

Food Innovation Lab Cohort: Phoenix Diller

Phoenix is the founder of Food Like Me, which is creating a line of Chinese-inspired simmer sauces.
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Video Companion
Test Kitchen Gallery
“The Food Lab is an incredible space that blends creativity and practicality, giving students hands-on experience and tailored highly applicable knowledge about the food startup world.”
Phoenix Diller, Founder, Food Like Me
“The food innovation lab exists as a space to support student entrepreneurs in the food and beverage space. Students can work on creating restaurant concepts or developing food products. They can develop recipes, fine tune their concepts, host tasting events to gain consumer insight and outline the path to market. The food innovation lab offers advising from staff on site and connects students to industry experts to meet students’ individual needs.”
Lauren Hooks, Food Innovation Lab Manager

Labs & Studios

Check out our other labs and studios!
The Digital Design Studio at Venture Lab will be a comprehensive, print and digital production hub that features educational support for students, staff, and faculty across the Penn community.
The Studios @ Venture Labs are a collection of workspaces and labs that house digital and analog fabrication technologies that empower the Penn community to make their ideas a reality.
Our Retail Lab is a flexible retail space to showcase successful alumni and student ventures, to inspire Penn students and provide active learning opportunities.
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