What is BrightonSoup?
BrightonSoup is a platform for small local projects to pitch for seed-funding in a uniquely social, interactive community setting. A bit like Dragon’s Den, but without the dragons, just a warm and supportive group of local people.
How does it work?
Tickets for Soup events cost from £5. For that, the audience hears four local projects pitch their ideas.
Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea, and then answer questions from the audience.
Everyone then has a bowl of delicious soup (donated by our local chefs), chats with each other, listens to our musical entertainment (played for free) and most importantly, votes on the project they like the most.
At the end of the night, we count the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised from the door to carry out their project – usually £300-500.
Due to Covid19, we had to adap how we do things. Our 2021 events were online – still with pitches, soup, music and voting. Soup Online works really well – hear about the projects who took part in June 2021 here and October 2021 here.
It won’t be forever, and we can’t wait to get back to in-person events in 2022 – watch this space!
Have you got an idea that would benefit your community?
Anyone can apply to BrightonSoup. You just need an idea or project that benefits the people of Brighton & Hove City. You don’t need formal plans, be an organisation or charity. You just need a great idea.
Oh, and be willing to stand up in a room (or should we say Zoom) full of very friendly people and tell them about it. Don’t worry, we give you training and support you through the process.
On the night, if enough people are interested and excited about your project, they will vote for you. The great thing is that even if you don’t win the vote you can still make great connections and get support and help anyway.
Need to know more?