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.

We are delighted to announce our first Oxfordshire SOUP event, which will take place on Wednesday 19th October, from 7.30am – 9.30am at The Bicester School, Bicester. 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 taken at the door, as well additional funds by our main Partner Oxford Innovation, a support package devised to help them support their plans for growth. The only promise we ask is that they will come back three months later to report on their progress. We will also hear from our previous winner, Catherine Warrilow, as she updates us on The Work Experience Project Click here to download the application form to pitch.

The deadline for applications is MIDNIGHT on SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER THE PRIZE The more tickets we sell, the bigger the prize! – 50 tickets sold = £750 prize / 25 tickets sold = £375 – Partner, Oxford Innovation = £300 – FREE 1/2 day Strategic Marketing Session with Creating Sense Ltd ( – FREE 1-2-1 mentoring session with The Learning Ladder ( SPONSOR Oxford Innovation At Oxford Innovation, we really understand how to make property work – for the building owners, our centre customers, and for regional economic success. We manage a UK network of Innovation Centres that provides the ideal environment for over 900 start ups and SMEs to grow. Our centres are managed on behalf of public and private sector building owners that require a high quality service that reliably delivers financial returns, whilst contributing to the economic growth of the regions in which we operate. With over 20 years of experience in running Innovation Centres, we have the experience, the insight and the expertise you are looking for to make your building a long-term success.

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