The idea of a co-work space is nothing new. Virtually every Canadian city has at least a handful, but very few that specifically targets professionals in the food and drink industry. Edmonton's Food Central Cowork, which just opened up yesterday, is here to change that. Dubbed as "Western Canada's first food and agriculture focused coworking space", the flexible, bright and open work space is designed for people who have businesses that are within the realm of culinary, but outside of a traditional kitchen or restaurant, be it food producers and manufacturers, food writers, event planners, or non-profit organizers who need to keep costs low.
Inside the downtown building, located in North Edge Business District, members will find private offices, permanent desks, and flex desks on the second floor. Beyond the space itself, Food Central Cowork provides its members with special collaboration programming, mail handling, professional services, advanced IT, discussion groups, salad clubs, social media exchanges, investment pitch days, and other support services.
Currently, the co-working space has 50 membership spots available.
Food Central Cowork was brought to life by the Agriculture and Food Council, an industry-led non-profit society based in Edmonton that consists of representatives from different aspects of the agri-food industry.