TDA is excited to announce a second SOUP event following the success of the first one in Torbay last year. This time, it’s coming to Somerset.
SOUP is a crowd funding event that brings people together to raise small-scale investment to kick-start new businesses or ideas.
Ges Green, Somerset Enterprise Centres Manager, said: “SOUP events are a fantastic opportunity to network whilst supporting new enterprise. We are excited to be working in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce to bring this event to Somerset. The concept is great and it gives new businesses the opportunity to raise funds to launch their business idea.
“We are looking for entrepreneurs to come forward, pitch their business idea and win a fantastic package. The winning business will take away a prize worth a minimum of £750 including cash, business support and promotional opportunities. The reward up for grabs will give the entrepreneur and their business every chance of success.”
The winning business will receive a package of Business Support and Advice, provided through one to one business support and mentoring, and access to a range of workshops and events. In addition to this, the winner will be able to access incubation space in any of the Somerset Enterprise Centres (where available), free of charge for 12 months and a year’s free membership of the Chamber of Commerce, to help them develop their business and raise their profile.
The event takes place at the Creative Innovation Centre (CIC), Taunton on the afternoon of Wednesday 20 September.
If you’re interested in pitching your business idea at SOUP
Applications to pitch your business idea close on Friday 14 July.
For more information contact Somerset Enterprise Centres on 01278 550250
Gavin Eddy has an LLB (Hons) and an LLM (Hons) in Law from Bristol and University College London. He spent 10 years as a trader in Debt Capital Markets for investment banks Merrill Lynch and UBS and was one of UBS’s youngest ever Managing Directors. During that time he began investing in and mentoring start-ups, before moving to Bath in 2007.
Gavin is now the Founder and CEO of Forward Space (forwardspace.co.uk) a managed workspace company providing shared workspace to start-up and emerging businesses and Founder and CEO of Coherent (coherent.work) a tech business which has developed a SAAS platform for managing workspace and connecting coworkers.
Gavin works closely with the University of Bath’s entrepreneurship programme and is a former Set Squared Business Mentor of the Year. He continues to invest in early stage businesses and manages a portfolio of companies within the property, food & drink and technology sectors.
He claims he does not believe in good ideas, just good execution!