StartUP FIU Food Expands North, Launching New P.R.E.P. Program in Partnership with Pro Kitchen Hub

The pathway to recipe development, entrepreneurship, & product creation (P.R.E.P.) will serve the Broward County community.

Miami (May 13th, 2019) – StartUP FIU Food announces a new partnership with Pro Kitchen Hub to launch the P.R.E.P. program. This program was designed to help food entrepreneurs gain the basic understanding of what it takes to manage, grow, and sustain a food business.

The P.R.E.P. membership program offers eleven industry specific courses in finance, marketing, and food science. Members can join the StartUP FIU Food round tables to network and learn more from our industry experts. Members will also have access to the student led labs for assistance in all three areas of concentration. At the end of the year-long membership program, participants will receive a StartUP FIU Food certificate of completion. This certificate will grant members priority admission into StartUP FIU Food’s more advanced programs such as StartUP FIU Food F.E.E.D. or Incubator program.

“Shared commercial kitchen spaces provide local entrepreneurs an amazing opportunity to expand, which is why we are very excited to launch this partnership with Pro Kitchen Hub. StartUP FIU Food will offer consulting, food industry courses, and technical assistance. Collaborating with kitchen incubators such as Pro Kitchen Hub is essential to small businesses in need of support, resources and knowledge. We look forward to expanding our services to the Broward community.”– Anna Etienne, Program Director of StartUP FIU Food

In addition to the P.R.E.P. membership program, Pro Kitchen Hub will offer the finance, marketing, and food technical courses ‘a la carte’ style. These one-off courses allow entrepreneurs to pick & choose the courses that will help them grow & manage their startup food business.

“The partnership between StartUP FIU Food and Pro Kitchen Hub is the missing link in our ability to give ultimate support to our community of food entrepreneurs. Most culinary entrepreneurs have great innovative ideas but need professional supports so they can mitigate the number of mistakes that can prevent their growth in the long run.” – Chef Vicky Colas, Founder of Pro Kitchen Hub.

For more information on P.R.E.P programming at Pro Kitchen Hub, please contact


About StartUP FIU

StartUP FIU is a university-wide initiative to foster innovation and entrepreneurship to pursue opportunities in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. These opportunities include the development of breakthrough technologies, the pursuit of enterprises that close social or environmental gaps and the creation of companies that can create meaningful jobs of the future.

About StartUP FIU Food

StartUP FIU Food is an industry focused incubator that serves local food and beverage business owners. The Chaplin School of Tourism and Hospitality partners with StartUP FIU to bring world-class expertise and practical knowledge about every aspect of the food and beverage industry. The industry focus is complemented with a full range of training in small business management and entrepreneurship.

About Pro Kitchen Hub

Pro Kitchen is a modern concept in commercial shared kitchen space and food business incubator. The 7,430 square feet Pro Kitchen Hub facility is not only a shared-use commercial kitchen, but also a culinary incubator that works directly with food business entrepreneurs to assist them in starting and developing sustainable businesses. This includes helping our members through the state required paperwork and providing them with secure 24/7 access to a commercial licensed kitchen.

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