EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURS, ONE BITE AT A TIME.
INTRODUCING KERB+ IMPACT PARTNER, TERN.
KERB+ are cooking up positive social impact, championing causes close to our hearts. We’re creating change, supporting areas encompassing youth unemployment, refugee aid, homelessness, and individuals navigating the justice system.
Partnering with impact partners in our recognised areas of need adds rocket fuel to our impact engine. We’re not here to sprinkle change; we’re diving headfirst into areas where we can roll up our sleeves and really make a dent in the challenges people are facing.
Earlier this year, our not-for-profit enterprise, KERB+, formed a powerful partnership with twelve impact patterns. One of them is The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network C.I.C (TERN), which provides support and hope for refugees with an idea.
Refugees in the UK are 4 times more likely to be unemployed (2019) than people born here and on average earn about half the amount per week that UK nationals do and TERN are working hard to change this!
During the engaging stage of the KERB ecosystem, we dive fork-first into the programmes of our charity partners. For over two years, we’ve joined forces with The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network C.I.C (TERN) and their incredible team as they guide groups of refugee entrepreneurs through various coaching programmes.
TERN empowers refugees to unleash their potential through entrepreneurship. With a mission to launch 2,000 refugee-led businesses by 2025, TERN’s Food Power programme is a testament to their commitment.
SERVING UP SUCCESS
With over 30% of TERN’s community expressing an interest in the food and hospitality industries, the Food Power Programme was established to enable refugees to thrive through the power of their own ideas.
It’s TERN’s six-month programme for food entrepreneurs from refugee backgrounds, running annually from October to March. The Programme supports London’s newest refugee-led food start-ups as they launch their food businesses.
THE KERB+ team are on hand to help, support and coach the participants with the TERN team as the entrepreneurs light the grills and get in the kitchen as they prepare for the street food spotlight.
FROM PASSION TO PLATE: THE HERO DISH
The Hero Dish session is one part of TERN’s Food Power Programme where dreams come to life in the kitchen for the first time.
With KERB+’s coaching and food teams adding finesse and flavour and a sprinkling of expert advice, the entrepreneurs spent the afternoon prepping and perfecting their creations before presenting them for feedback.
In the Mission Kitchens’ development kitchen space, 12 participants cooked up their hero dishes for taste testers and mentors from the hospitality industry. From Homemade breads to Tarka Dahl, Brazilian Chicken croquettes and Harak Osbao stew the kitchen came alive with flavours from each corner of the world.
For most of the participants it’s their first time cooking for strangers and a panel and their first opportunity for feedback.
CULINARY DREAMS UNLEASHED: THE FOOD POWER PARTY
At the end of the TERN’s Programme, it’s time for the grand finale, the Food Power Party.
A showcase street food market that marks the final stage of the participants’ hard work. KERB+ sets the stage with fully equipped mini kitchens and a one-of-a-kind bustling street food market. Participants showcase their hero dishes, serving them to eager crowds and debuting their brand to the local community. The thrill of street food market trading becomes a reality, and the impact is palpable.
TASTING SUCCESS: FACES OF FOOD POWER
We’ve supported 19 participants from TERN, to incubate and accelerate their businesses and their stories are as diverse as their dishes. Amongst these individuals there are a few faces that you might recognise from KERB members Oshpaz, Faté, Samarkand Palav and Utopia to inKERBator traders, Ayal and Bisan Bites.
GET IN ON THE IMPACT
In every dish, there’s a story, and at KERB+ and TERN, we’re cooking up dishes that go beyond borders. The KERB+ markets are a celebration of early-stage businesses, some referred by our impact partners (including TERN). Support our ecosystem and head to a KERB+ lunch market to chow down on the impact and taste the love in each dish for yourself.