This is the eighth Soup event since February 2016 which has helped start-up entrepreneurs across the South West win cash prizes and a support package from the University and its partners.
The event concept is simple, four businesses pitch whilst the audience enjoys a bowl of soup, the audience then vote for their favourite at the end of the pitches and the winner is announced after a short networking session. The business with the most votes wins all the funds from the ticket sales (a minimum cash prize of £500) plus a package of business support from GAIN
, Devon Chamber of Commerce
, the Formation Zone
and Futures Entrepreneurship Centre
at Plymouth University. Pitchers have just four minutes each on stage to impress the crowd with no use of PowerPoints or props. Any entrepreneur wishing to promote their business and gain pitching experience can apply to pitch, application is via a quick online form
Davy J founder, Helen Newcombe, won Soup in November 2016 thanks to her innovative approach to manufacturing technical swimwear from recycled marine litter. Speaking of her success, Helen said:
“This was a great event and I’m delighted to have won, but the most important thing for me was to have the chance to share the prototypes with so many new people. Getting such positive feedback is what has kept me going as a start-up business over the last year so Soup was a great opportunity.”
Dr George Graham, the founder of Peninsula Honey Company is another previous winner:
“The money will be a boost, but the opportunity to network with some serious players in the Plymouth business community and the wider South West business community has been invaluable. Winning a place on the GAIN20 programme and the package of support from other businesses associated with GAIN will be of even more help, as our business model needs that connectivity to help us get established.”
This event is sponsored by PKF Francis Clark and takes place on Friday 9th June as part of the Future Sync conference on Plymouth University campus. Future Sync is a day conference running three tracks of workshops, speakers and networking for creatives, tech enthusiasts, entrepreneurs and educators. A discounted, combined ticket for Future Sync and Soup can be purchased via the Future Sync ticket site or alternatively a ticket to attend just the Soup event is also available here. More information can be found on the Plymouth University Soup webpages and for those wishing to pitch, you can apply through this online form. Selection will be made on 15th May and applicants will be notified shortly afterwards giving time to prepare for pitching. A speakers workshop will be held in late May for pitchers to attend and use to prepare for their pitches.