Mess Hall has partnered with the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Catholic University of America to create a new “Learning Lab” at its production facility. The collaboration between these neighbors reflects their commitment to creating novel educational environments while fostering a vibrant small business ecosystem. This is the first formal relationship of its kind between a culinary incubator and an academic institution. The Learning Lab is focused on facilitating small business growth in the entrepreneurial “maker” cluster forming near Catholic University. They will host a monthly speaker series for members, starting with workshops on topics such as “Lean Startup” and “Core & Explore Growth Framework.” Bob Keith, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the Ciocca Center, will take the lead on these growth workshops, with ongoing support provided by his colleagues and students from his Year-Long Small Business Experience Seminar. To learn more click here.