The CFE iHub supports the creation of new businesses and collaborations that contribute to a circular food economy through the development of circular food solutions. Led by Innovation Guelph, it links multiple business support organizations in Guelph-Wellington, creating a “no wrong door” model to ensure easy access across the region. These organizations, known as CFE iHub Main Doors, include:
Business Centre Guelph-Wellington
John F. Woods Centre, University of Guelph
Wellington-Waterloo Community Futures (WWCF)
Two Connectors have been engaged to strengthen connections and share information among the Main Doors, across the broader network of Our Food Future collaborators and out into the community. To maintain a focus on rural-urban integration, the Connectors are based at WWCF in Elora and at Innovation Guelph/10C in Guelph, respectively.
The aim of the CFE iHub is to foster and help coordinate innovation in the food system that enhances sustainability and activates circular, regenerative practices. Together with the other elements of Guelph-Wellington’s Our Food Future initiative, the CFE iHub will cultivate a rural-urban living lab where entrepreneurs, researchers, social innovators and community members generate and implement novel solutions to complex challenges within the food system.