Culinary Entrepreneurship: New York

Designed by leading entrepreneurs and academics in the field, ICC’s intensive, newly customizable Culinary Entrepreneurship program provides you with the tools, strategies and confidence needed to define, assess and launch a new business within the growing food industry. Whether you dream of becoming a successful restaurateur or food entrepreneur, the program takes you from concept to business plan in just weeks.

Learn from Experts

Expert instruction from world-class institutions such as Babson College, ranked #1 in entrepreneurship education; the prestigious Cornell University School of Hospitality; the gold-standard Union Square Hospitality Group and more helps you develop your entrepreneurial acumen while introducing you to mentors you can contact long after the program ends.

Flexible Schedule

The program is now offered in a flexible, more convenient format to fit your busy life and fuel your success, blending face-to-face instruction with personalized online sessions, which you can “attend” at midnight if it best suits your schedule!

Where Theory Meets Reality

In a few weeks, ICC's project-based approach takes students from idea to business plan.

  • The core program consists of 48 hours of face-to-face instruction supported by 22 hours of online collaboration and review that bridges the gap between theory and practice.
  • An additional 20 hours of topic-specific online, self-paced courses provide students with the opportunity to narrow the focus on subjects relevant to their personal business goals.
  • Students will learn to accurately use business tools and concepts to develop their business plan while networking and consulting with peers, faculty and experts.

Students Will:

  • Gain a better understanding of themselves as food entrepreneurs, including their motivations, roles and key responsibilities
  • Learn key elements of business modeling and creating a successful business plan
  • Explore assessment and feasibility techniques from evaluating the competitive marketplace and assessing the needs and desires of potential customers
  • Establish and understand value proposition
  • Understand how to grow and nurture the business through effective brand- building, cash flow management and resource allocation, embracing change and uncertainty for a competitive advantage
  • Explore the keys to building a winning team, implementing change and other common challenges facing founders and leaders
  • Learn to create and deliver an effective pitch


Tuition Includes

Application fee
Books and supplies

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course information
01-23-16 - 03-12-16 9:00am-5:00pm 7 weeks Saturdays $6,950
04-30-16 - 06-11-16 9:00am-5:00pm 7 weeks Saturdays $6,950
09-13-16 - 10-27-16 6:00pm-10:00pm 7 weeks Tues & Thurs $6,950

For more class dates throughout the year, please contact David Lopez at

  • Six In-Person Classes:

  • Ten Online Classes:

  • Session 1: Entrepreneurship
  • Session 2: Concept Development
  • Session 3: Financials
  • Session 4: Marketing
  • Session 5: Operations
  • Session 6: Business Plan Presentations

  • Human Resources
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Real Estate
  • NYC Licensing & Permitting
  • Food Costing
  • Building a Brand
  • Designing & Implementing a Beverage System
  • Social Media & SEO
  • Kitchen Design
  • Kitchen/BOH Management

Current ICC Career students and alumni who graduate within 12 months of the Culinary Entrepreneurship start dates are eligible to receive 15% off the tuition cost. All other Career alumni are eligible to receive 10% off the tuition cost. This course is approved, with vocational objectives, by the New York State Education Department. Although the International Culinary Center is accredited by the ACCSC, this course does not fall within the scope of the commission's accreditation.


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