Bristol-based philanthropic project, The Seed Fund will be bringing its network of industry mentors to Speciality & Fine Food Fair for the first time this year, to hear pitches from a host of fledgling food and drink start-ups.
Taking place on the Food for Thought Stage from 3:30pm-4:15pm each day during the show, which runs from Sunday 2 to Tuesday 4 September, the ‘The Seed Fund Presents: Start-Up Spotlight’ will see ‘Dragon’s Den’ style presentations from nine intrepid entrepreneurs. The ultimate winner will be announced on the final day, receiving a free stand at Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2019, as well as a range of business support tools.
Chaired by The Seed Fund’s founder, Jayne Noblet, the panel will feature food and drink heavyweights including Renée Elliott, founder of Planet Organic, Paul Hargreaves from Cotswold Fayre, Rude Health’s Camilla Barnard and David Webb from branding and marketing consultancy, The Collaborators. Among those preparing to face the panel will be Sophie Wood from Barmies, who reached The Seed Fund’s Final Four in 2017 with her bar snacks made from beer barm, and three of this year’s Seed Fund Academy members; Rathlee Distilling Company, Norty Puds and Made for Drink.
Offering a rare opportunity to see The Seed Fund’s hands-on business support in action, the ‘Start-Up Spotlight’ sessions will provide vital presentation and pitching experience for these future stars of food and drink, along with valuable feedback from respected industry mentors.
Just as the ‘Start-Up Spotlight’ sessions get underway, Sunday 2 September will also witness the grand finale of The Seed Fund 2018, when this year’s Seed Fund Academy Champion is announced at the Great Taste Golden Fork Dinner, held at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London. Following an intensive summer programme of seminars, workshops and one-on-one sessions, the Final Four will be revealed before one eventual winner is awarded The Seed Fund’s annual prize, receiving a further year of business support estimated to be worth over £100,000.
For more information about The Seed Fund, visit www.theseedfund.co.uk.