A few months after WeWork Food Labs launched in NYC, WeWork is launching a second location for its food tech facility and accelerator program, The Spoon confirmed via an industry source.
While WeWork hasn’t released any information about this upcoming San Francisco location, the company recently posted a job posting on LinkedIn for a San Francisco, CA, Food Labs manager whose job it will be to create and manage the community of startups Participation in WeWork Food Labs.
WeWork, officially renamed The We Company earlier this year, announced its Food Labs program in NYC in March this year as an innovation hub for startups involved in many areas of food technology, including Alt-Protein, Robotics and Supply chain management. new ingredients (e.g. CBD) and kitchen gadgets. The labs offer two different programs for companies to apply for: continuous programming, which gives select companies access to the WeWork Food Labs area, and a more traditional accelerator program that runs for five months per cohort.
The NYC program was temporarily launched in May 2019 at an existing WeWork location. It is planned to move to its permanent flagship in Chelsea in October, which will include an R&D kitchen for participating companies, as well as a photo studio, a replica merchandising area and a tasting table.
According to The Spoon’s source, the San Francisco Food Labs will take a similar path, first at an existing WeWork location before moving to a permanent residence that includes the R&D kitchen and other functions listed above.
In materials sent to The Spoon earlier this year, WeWork noted that future expansions to the Food Labs will also focus on areas where the food gap is urgent, as well as areas such as Mumbai, Bangkok and in addition to other US locations Barranquilla could include as Denver and Seattle.
WeWork officially published its IPO prospectus on Wednesday. The company could go public as early as next month.
Disclosure: The Spoon is a launch partner of WeWork Food Labs. Read Mike’s Publisher’s Note to learn more about why we partnered with WeWork and what editorial standards we put in place for reporting on WeWork Labs companies.