At a time when only 21 percent of all chefs and executive chefs are female, Stacy’s Snacks launched the Stacy’s Rise Project with the goal of advancing women in the culinary industry.
In honor of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day November 19, Stacy’s celebrated the inaugural class of Stacy’s Rise Project scholarship recipients with a professional development day hosted at the renowned International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York City. The day provided these female entrepreneurs business advice, tools and support to continue to break through some of the toughest barriers to women in any field.
Launched earlier this year, the Stacy’s Rise Project helps female culinary entrepreneur hopefuls pursue their business endeavors through scholarship, mentorship and thought leadership. In September, Stacy’s awarded $40,000 in scholarships and stipends to four women entering the Culinary Entrepreneurship Program at ICC. Recipients participated in the six-week entrepreneurship program that demystifies the start-up process and guides them through the steps of business planning in an immersive, mentorship-driven environment.
This year’s scholarship recipients include promising and inspiring female entrepreneurs whose business plans may differ, but share a common passion for food and hospitality. Stacy’s and ICC will continue the work of the Stacy’s Rise Project next year, awarding $60,000 in scholarships and stipends to future female entrepreneurs. Visit stacyssnacks.com/riseproject to learn more about Stacy’s Rise Project, scholarship opportunities, and the brand’s commitment to supporting women.