Nourish Innovation

Accompaniment Program for

Social Innovation in Agri-Food

About Nourish Innovation

Nourish Innovation catalyzes socially innovative initiatives and models in agri-food. The program facilitates the launch of dynamic, thriving projects aimed at accelerating the transition to more ethical, sustainable and resilient local food systems.



leaders of social innovation initiatives in agri-food (SIAF) in the ideation, experimentation, development and lessons learned related to entrepreneurial solutions


the capacities of stakeholders in the agri-food ecosystem in order to give them better individual and organizational resilience


communities around socially innovative agri-food initiatives

Learn and act

collectively to improve access to financing and the development of SIAF initiatives


in the sharing and transfer of knowledge on challenges impacting our food system

What is social innovation

in agri-food?

“Social innovation in agri-food consists of a new idea, approach or intervention, a new service, a new product, or a new law, a new type of organization in the food ecosystem that promotes, more adequately and more sustainably than existing solutions, the establishment of a sustainable food system, a solution that has found traction within an institution, organization, or community, and which produces a measurable benefit for the community and not just for certain individuals.”

Source: Codefinition from Récolte Collective (2019). Innovation sociale au menu (French only). p.28 and inspired by the Déclaration québécoise pour l’IS, RQIS, 2011

Our projects

Accompaniment cohort


8 projects were supported during this second accompaniment cohort Collision + Récolte

Accompaniment cohort


12 projects were supported during the first accompaniment cohort Esplanade x Récolte

Our last activities

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Program Background

Starting in 2016

5 editions of the responsible food fair A Taste for Change

2017 to 2019

Pitch nights and events (screenings, debates, discussions)


Launch of Food Systems Hub in collaboration with Esplanade Québec


Innovation sociale au menu study (co-definition of social food innovation in the context of social entrepreneurship) In collaboration with : Conseil Systèmes alimentaires montréalais (SAM) and Esplanade Québec

2020 to 2021

Funding Ecosystem Caracterization Study with McConnell


Consolidation of activities under the Nurturing Innovation program

With financial support of :