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La Cocina VA to be one of the Aspen Institute’s Urban Innovators

The Aspen Institute, an education and policy studies organization based in Washington D.C., announced that La Cocina VA will be one of the nine social enterprises accepted to participate in its Urban Innovation Accelerator Program within the Center for Urban Innovation. The program will provide La Cocina VA with the resources, mentorship, connections, and brand development to enrich and improve upon its existing initiatives.

“This group of inspiring entrepreneurs are pioneering some of the most innovative models to build a more just world for residents living on the margins of National Capital Region and urban areas across America,” said Eric Lavin, founding manager of the Urban Innovation Lab. ‘We recruited a diverse set of organizations operating across various impact areas and employing different strategies. Our goal is two-fold: to help these entrepreneurs achieve their compelling visions for better urban life, and to allow these innovators to influence systems-level reform conversations.’ Lavin also said that, ‘The Aspen Institute is well positioned to support these urban innovators and elevate their causes given our robust networks of thought and practitioner leaders, a wealth of experience facilitating high impact peer-learning, and a unique ability to convene leaders to discuss and act on the critical issues of the day.”

The program will faciliate La Cocina VA’s kitchen incubator project to provide more free meals to low-income families in the D.C. metro area, train more unemployed Hispanics in the culinary arts, and continue to encourage nutrition and fight obesity. Read the press release by the Aspen Institute here.



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