Wisconsin FFI FaBcap Accelerator Program Details

The Accelerator program has transitioned to the FFI Fellows Program.
Learn more about the FFI Fellows Program here!

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Check out the FFI Fellows Program here!
Complete our contact form using the button below to get connected with us and add your business to the Fellows interest list.



Accelerator Benefits

  • Nine months of one-on-one coaching:
    • General business coaching by Brad Rostowfske, Food Finance Institute FFI FaBcap Accelerator Program Manager
    • Financing coaching by Tera Johnson, Founder and Director of the Food Finance Institute
  • Select FFI business mentoring – to be assigned based on business need and focus
  • Select FFI subject matter experts’ consultation as needed
  • Six facilitated cohort meetings on targeted topics from industry experts including marketing, sales, distribution, food safety, operations, etc.
  • One complimentary year of Wisconsin FaB Membership
  • Two free seats, one exhibitor table, and a personal introduction at our September FFI FaBcap kick-off meeting*
  • Two free seats, one exhibitor sample table, and a slot for a ten-minute business presentation to a group of investors at the June FFI commencement event*
  • A financial package prepared for your company and for your use in future financial requests
  • A $10,000 cash award 
  • Year-round Capper recognition: Social media postings, special Capper offers, speaking opportunities, etc.
  • Lasting access to our growing collective of Capper companies – now 40 strong

* Virtual options available due to COVID-19


Participant Commitment

  • Owner participation in the FFI FaBcap Accelerator commitment schedule – see details here
  • Reporting to the Food Finance Institute with your revenue, sales, and employment count for three years
  • On-going participation in FFI FaBcap Accelerator-related activity as requested and available

Program Eligibility

  • Must be a Wisconsin-based food, beverage or ingredients manufacturer, food or beverage packaging or equipment manufacturer, or food or beverage technology company
  • Must have demonstrated success in sales
  • Must have an actual website beyond a Facebook page

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants will be scored by an esteemed group of industry judges that will rank each company/product based on:
    • Product or service scalability and extendibility
    • Product and brand differentiation
    • General business awareness, focus, and acumen of ownership
    • Other cohort consideration

Have questions? Reach out to FFI Fellows Program Manager, Brad Rostowfske.


Meet the Accelerator Graduates

FaBcap Accelerator Graduated
Class of
2019-2020

FaBcap Accelerator Graduated
Class of
2018-2019

FaBcap Accelerator Graduated
Class of
2017-2018

FaBcap Accelerator Graduated
Class of
2015-2016

The accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Email us or call 608-263-7794
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