SOUP AND HONEY
Yesterday we had our inaugural event at Spacecubed!
From 6pm attendees started rolling in, donating a minimum of $10 cash at the door to get entry and a voting token. As the crowd started to form, people mingled and chatted before the presentations began at 6:45. Allowing our guests to meet new, passionate and socially-minded people is a big part of what we want SOUP to facilitate each month. Our attendees raved about how great the crowd was, how easily they felt they could talk to each other and how interested they were in each others activities. (We are so pleased to hear it guys! If you have any other feedback please email us!)
We then heard from the presenters. They each had four minutes to pitch their idea and then they were asked four questions from the crowd. The four ideas pitched ranged from supporting Australian charities through e-commerce to educating West Australians about recycling. Another exciting part of the winner's prize each month, aside from the micro-grant, is that they will have the opportunity to be mentored by Glen Rothlisberger at venture capital company Fat Hen so they can really take their idea to the next level.
Then, as promised, it was time to eat! Guests received soup, salad, bread and artisan ice pops from our awesome event sponsor Delish Ice.
By 8pm all votes had been cast and counted. We then announced that Jen Worrall from Smokin' Honey Beehives would be taking home the micro-grant! Jen received the full $836 in donations we took at the door from our 81 attendees. Smokin' Honey Beehives aims to educate people about the importance of bees in our environment and how to manage their own hives confidently. Jen will be coming back to a future SOUP event to discuss how her funds were used and what she has achieved.
Jen said that the grant will “go directly to hive supplies, flat pack hive boxes that I will build myself in preparation for Spring to house rescued bee swarms. The microgrant will also contribute to educational supplies to train new beekeepers”.
The other excellent proposals pitched last night were:
- eKarma - a unique e-commerce platform which allows conscious consumers to nominate and raise funds for their favourite charities by simply shopping for their favourite brands/services without spending a dollar more.
- ReShoe – a shoe recycling program that empowers disadvantaged people in the Korogochu slums in Kenya and educating Perth school children on the value of entrepreneurship, basic business principles and recycling.
- Lunarticks and Enkel – a group of creative looking to set up space for a Living Lab concept that brings people together to collaborate and learn with the intention of being a community catalyst.
Our Supporters: Perth SOUP would not be possible without the support of Spacecubed (special thanks to Brodie and Clare for being so awesome!), Mary Street Bakery, Delish Ice, Greenstone Legal, Fat Hen and our amazing team of volunteers.
The next SOUP will be held on the 18th of March starting at 6pm. Keep checking out our website to find out our details. We are open for proposals for this round too so get submitting!