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The project 2017-05-28T11:14:30+00:00

Today’s street food entrepreneurs tend to be young, first time business owners and although they have developed useful skills they are often self-taught and lack formal enterprise education. Our Street Food: Opportunities for Regions (SFOFR) project will provide timely, tailored business training enabling them to overcome the strategic and operational challenges of scaling up.

In addition, unless food entrepreneurs work in a region conducive to innovation and strategic food marketing, their efforts will be truncated. Collective action is required: local authorities and economic development stakeholders must also grasp the potential of the street food movement to evolve into a vibrant regional food scene based on high quality, local produce, accessibility and authenticity.

For these reasons, the SFOFR project aims to deliver high training for street food entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, at the same time as it works with Higher Education Institutes and business development organizations that provide Vocational Education and Training for the food sector, and wider economic development stakeholders to harness food SMEs as a driver of regional growth.


Specifically, we will:

  • Engage 50- 60 high level stakeholder organizations in 5 Regional Alliances. Together they will study the evolution of the street food phenomenon, devise and implement 5 Regional Action Plans to boost the growth of innovative food entrepreneurs and their contribution to economic development and tourism at regional level.
  • Publish a “Street Food: Opportunities for Regions” Toolkit to facilitate the replication of Regional Alliances of this nature across Europe.
  • Create Street Food Success: What’s Next? a course curriculum and learning materials to help street food entrepreneurs grow their businesses successfully
  • Trial the course with at least 50 street food entrepreneurs in participating countries, and 25 VET trainers, then publish the course, and engage in dissemination activities and events to facilitate its inclusion in mainstream VET provision.