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Grassroots funding at its finest, Oxfordshire SOUP is Crowdfunding meets Dragons Den for small businesses. SOUP is a global movement which enables communities to disrupt the status quo and raise small scale investment for new businesses or ideas they collectively vote for.

The format is simple. You come along, pay a small fee and listen to 3 or 4 ambitious businesses pitch their idea.

Pitchers each have the floor for up to four minutes, and must rely on their passion, their speaking abilities and the way their can articulate their business to win over the audience – no gadgets, give-aways or PowerPoint. The audience can then ask a maximum of four questions to try to establish which business is most worthy of investment.

With the presentations over, breakfast is served. This is an opportunity for you to meet your fellow funders and mull over the ideas before choosing the business you feel is most worthy of your investment. You will vote by placing your token into the corresponding box.

The winning business gets to take home all the money from the ticket sales, as well a £250 donated by SOUP sponsor The Learning Ladder, plus a support package devised to help them support their plans for growth. The only promise asked is that they will come back three months later to report on their progress.

The deadline for submissions from businesses wanting to pitch is Sunday 22 May 2016.


The more tickets are sold, the bigger the prize:

- 50 tickets sold = £750 prize / 25 tickets sold = £375 prize

- Corporate sponsor, The Learning Ladder = £250

- FREE 1/2 day Strategic Marketing Session with Creating Sense Ltd 

- FREE 1-2-1 mentoring  session with The Learning Ladder 



When: Wednesday, 15 June 2016 from 07:30 to 09:15

Where: Wood Green School - Woodstock Road, Witney, OX28 1DX

Book tickets now 


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