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The Intoxicating Smell of Entrepreneurship

Thom Ruhe on March 5, 2013 Source: e360 Blog

I recently got to delve into a very appetizing trend emerging in the entrepreneurial space: shared kitchens.

While the concept of shared resources isn’t new, taking it into the kitchen for the sake of supporting startups in the food industry is—but the idea is taking off. So I stopped by the Ennovation Center, an old hospital in Independence, MO that was renovated on a hunch and has since become the second largest shared kitchen in the nation. I sat down its director, Stephanie Zamora, to talk about how, in just three short years, this incubator has housed 67 young companies and, most notably, how the single-staff center has provided these startups with the resources they need to grow up and grow out of the space.

Eventually, I made my way back to the aroma-filled kitchen where I met with a few up-and-coming “food-preneurs” who are revitalizing the markets in everything from ketchup to non-allergenic foods. Watch the video below.

Tags:  shared kitchens, Ennovation Center

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