Program Overview

The Greenhouse Accelerator Program Juntos Crecemos Edition is a five-month, mentor-guided program to support the acceleration of emerging food and beverage businesses that are providing solutions and innovations to transform the way consumers live their lives. 

 

 

This edition is an extension of the initial Greenhouse Accelerator program launched in 2018, in collaboration with PepsiCo Juntos Crecemos, part of PepsiCo’s commitment to support and help contribute to the economic prosperity of local communities. 

At ¡Ya Oaxaca!, we aim to share the flavors of Oaxaca with the world through transforming traditional Mexican cuisine into an extraordinary at-home culinary experience. Our passion for authentic flavors, combined with a commitment to quality and convenience, led us to create a line of artisanal products that capture the essence of Oaxaca’s rich gastronomic heritage.

JAS is a female-led mission driven beverage company that helps consumers explore the benefits of an alcohol-free lifestyle without sacrificing their social life by crafting healthy alcohol-free cocktails infused with adaptogens, bold Latin flavors and a commitment to joy.

JaziLupini recreates comfort foods in a low-carb and protein-forward way. We want to eliminate the current epidemic of metabolic disease that plagues so many Americans. We intend to do this by giving consumers healthy options that are still delicious, starting with our low-carb pasta which has 26g of protein and only 3g net carbs.

Mayawell is a proudly Mexican-owned, Austin-based beverage company. Our carefully crafted prebiotic beverages pair sustainably sourced Active Agavin™ with flavorful botanical ingredients to boost gut health and keep it tasty. The result is a crisp, refreshing bebida that your tastebuds – and gut – will thank you for. 

Nemi Snacks is a first generation, women-owned, Mexican-inspired food company. Our mission is to elevate Latin cultura through better-for-you snacks with sombrero-free branding. Nemi Snacks are crunchy sticks made with seeds and nopales (prickly pear cactus) in Mexican-inspired flavors using real ingredients and mercado-fresh spices.

Paktli means joy in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. We produce a puffed ancient grain snack made with puffed amaranth, quinoa, and millet with organic chocolate, dried fruits, nuts, or honey. They are all organic and gluten free, with vegan and soy free options. The perfect snack on the go, or as a better for you wholesome dessert.

Pricklee is a leading natural hydration company on a mission to help families create healthier hydration habits, with delicious hydration solutions made with the water-conserving Prickly Pear Cactus. It’s PRICKIN’ delicious!

TOAST-IT is two Venezuelan sisters’ vision of bringing traditional Latin American staples like Arepas, Pandebonos, and Empanadas to the US market, ready to enjoy in just 10 minutes. Committed to offering ‘better-for-you’ alternatives without compromising taste, TOAST-IT caters not only to to the millions of Latin Americans in the US who lead busy lives and seek convenient yet authentic dining experiences. Discover the convenience of savoring Latin American flavors without the fuss.

Program Benefits

What the Greenhouse Accelerator can offer you:

Grants

Guaranteed $20,000 USD grant for each finalist. Winner awarded an additional $100,000 USD

Guidance

Expert guidance and learning modules across all aspects of business development

Network

Access and exposure to PepsiCo network and resources, industry experts, VCs and investors

Collaboration

Unlocking of potential collaboration opportunities with PepsiCo

Mentorship

Hands-on mentorship and support for refining business models, fortifying strategies, and enhancing impact

Growth

Accelerated pathways to launch, scale, and grow your breakthrough innovations

Program Focus

Our mission is to identify up to 8 high-potential emerging consumer packaged goods businesses that demonstrate the promise of creating snacks or beverage products inspired by Hispanic flavors and culture, driving growth in the industry while contributing to the economic prosperity of local communities. 

How It Works

SELECTION
For this Greenhouse Accelerator program, PepsiCo is seeking up to 8 CPG small businesses in the U.S. that create snacks or beverage products inspired by Hispanic flavors or culture.
Mentorship
The program will feature a one-on-one mentorship program, giving entrepreneurs access to PepsiCo executives and business accelerator experts, whose expertise can help them overcome challenges in product development, supply chain, marketing, distribution, manufacturing, packaging, label claims, fundraising or other elements of their business.
COLLABORATION
Startups will participate in a pilot-oriented business optimization and capability development program designed to accelerate growth. The program will enable exploration with PepsiCo partners, with the potential to unlock collaborations.
Grants
Selected companies will receive $20,000 USD in grant funding and have the opportunity to pitch their product/solution to PepsiCo Executives, venture capitalists and investors.
Final Prize
At the end of the program, one winning company will be awarded an additional $100,000 USD in funding to continue its expansion, and an opportunity to continue partnering with PepsiCo to further their growth.

Our Yield

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Hear from our
2023 Finalists

2023 Highlights

Program Timeline

Applications are officially open! Got a groundbreaking idea? Waste no time - submit your application!
Applications close, and our teams will meticulously review all submissions, select and notify finalists
Finalists will present their innovative ideas at an invite-only event in Plano, TX!
MARCH 6, 2024
MAY 6, 2024
JUNE 26, 2024
JUNE 2024
AUGUST 2024
NOVEMBER 2024
Finalists will receive exclusive access to learning modules and mentorship
Finalists will convene at a Midpoint Virtual Event halfway through the program
Winner Announcement Event – Purchase, NY

The Collaborative Journey:
What to Expect

March-may 2024
Apply Here
Applications closed May 13, 2024
March-may 2024
May 2024
Mentor Pairings
Every startup will be paired with 1-2 PepsiCo mentors who will provide invaluable guidance, resources and support throughout the program
May 2024
June 2024
Launch Event, Frito-Lay HQ, Plano, Texas
At the Program Launch Event, startups will have the opportunity to…

• Meet and connect with their mentors in-person
• Hear from PepsiCo Executives and industry experts
• Engage in in-depth collaborative objective setting, and develop an Accelerator Action Plan outlining their goals, objectives, and steps towards achieving them
• Present about their company and innovative solution to PepsiCo mentors and Executives, VCs and Investors

… and launch their Greenhouse Accelerator journey!
June 2024
August 2024
Program Midpoint Virtual Event
Halfway through the program, startups will attend a Midpoint Virtual Event to reflect on…

• Experiences and momentum built during the first half of the program
• Progress to their goals and Accelerator Action Plans
• Collaboration with PepsiCo mentors and experts

…and discuss opportunities to continue sharing insights, driving growth, and learning together for the course of the program
August 2024
November 2024
Final Event and Winner Announcement, PepsiCo HQ, Purchase, New York
At the Program Final Event…

• Each finalist will deliver a 5-minute pitch to judges about your innovative solution and acceleration resulting from the Greenhouse Accelerator program
• A judging panel comprised of PepsiCo executives and external resources will determine and announce the winner of the $100,000 USD grand prize
November 2024

Learning Modules
Learning Modules bring in industry and PepsiCo experts who can offer unparalleled insights into working with Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCGs) and valuable training in a variety of business development topics, such as Ventures, Sales & Marketing, Expert Pitch Advice, Commercialization and Channel Strategies, Sustainability Landscapes, Building a Team for the Future, and more

These modules will be tailored to the needs and objectives of the 8 finalists participating in the 2024 program
Opportunities
Business development experts can help identify market, collaboration, and pilot opportunities to accelerate growth.
Visibility
Through the Greenhouse Accelerator, startup brands are amplified through media coverage, external communications and millions of social media impressions.

Eligibility Requirements

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

An external third party will review all submissions. Our selection committee will choose finalists based on the following criteria:

PepsiCo Positive (Pep+)

Juntos Crecemos Team

Meet The Team

The PepsiCo-led program is supported by Atomic Brand Lab and DevGlobal

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