Spark was recently awarded funds through the Thames River Innovation Places (TRIP) initiative to start a project called the Cultivator Kitchen.
This project is designed to utilize business development as a context for education to help ready people for entrepreneurship or management roles in existing entities. People interested in a specific domain sign up to be part of a class-like program in which they start a private business while taking classes that teach them sounds management systems and best practices to run a successful entity.
This Cultivator is being structured as a shared program between Spark Makerspace as a nonprofit which will host the classes and the for profit entities that develop the private business.
Though we are starting in the restaurant food space, this Cultivator model of start a business-as-a-class is applicable across all dimensions.