Attendees at the inaugural Sheffield Soup decided their combined entry fees totaling £540 should be awarded to The Real Junk Food Project. That’s how things are done at the new innovative crowd funding event. For a minimum donation of £5 everyone there gets to hear four pitches, ask questions and vote for the idea they want to make happen in Sheffield.

Sheffield Soup founder Pennie Raven said “It was definitely the crowd participation and interaction with the pitchers that made the evening a great success, we had over 100 people come together and debate the ideas. The feedback has been very encouraging, the branding from Ian Anderson, live music from The Clear and the gorgeous soup from Silversmiths went down really well, but it was the buzz of excitement amongst so many like minded Sheffield folk that surpassed all our expectations. We’re already looking forward to the next event on 23rd September and people can apply to pitch now on our website”

Winners of the Soup pot ‘The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield‘ are a volunteer run food waste campaign. They take surplus and excess foods and turn it into meals for people on a pay-as-you-feel basis. People can pay using a monetary donation or a different contribution such as their time or skills.

Jo Hercberg from The Real Junk Food Project said “Sheffield Soup was a really positive experience, the audience were friendly and supportive. I’d highly recommend it if you have an idea! Winning the fund from Sheffield Soup will allow us to buy a van and start making a real impact on food waste in Sheffield”.

Look out for our blog on food insecurity coming from Mari-Liis Tamm.

Sheffield Soup is a voluntary organisation with the following advisory panel:

 Ian Anderson‪ – The Designers Republic
Ian Anderson is the founder of The Designers Republic, The Designers Republic, is known the world over for its innovative design approach and originality.

Christopher Hill – Element Society

Christopher Hill is Chief Operating Officer at ‪Element Society and a Director at Element Enterprises. Through his work with Element, Chris aims to give young people the skills and confidence to achieve the unbelievable and provide them with real power to take action in their community.

Hugh Mann Adamson – Ltbl Productions

‪Hugh Mann Adamson is the Managing Director of Let There Be Light Productions a Yorkshire based film and animation company. Founded in early 2010, the company has worked with national and international clients. Alongside the companies corporate work, the company is delving into the world of fictional filmmaking, documentary and television programmes.

Pennie Raven – HR Guardian Angels and Pecha Kucha Sheffield

Pennie Raven, the Founder of Sheffield Soup, is the owner of HR Guardian Angels and Co-Curator of Pecha Kucha Sheffield. As well as a Human Resources and Organisational Development Director. Pennie is also founder of My Life Programme – The Future 500, and Jobs in Sheffield.

Justin Rowntree – Silversmiths Restaurant

Justin Rowntree is the owner of ‪Silversmiths,‪ a multi award-winning family run restaurant in Sheffield. Silversmiths specialises in modern Yorkshire cuisine all made from local produce.

Jennie Swift – Black Box Productions

Jennie Swift is a clinical educator and the lead for simulation at Rotherham Hospital. A professional dancer and performer Jennie is also the Creative Director of Black Box Productions a non-profit organisation, set up to support worthy causes and bring about change through creativity.

Brian Trevaskiss – Marketing professional and local printmaker

Brian Trevaskiss is Head of Marketing at MoreFrom/MoreComputers online electricals retailers and Systems Assurance IT procurement for corporate and government. As well as being a founding partner of Faberwood online fabric retailer. Brian is also the owner of the Pedal Powered Printing Press and a graphic designer.

 —- Contacts —-

Brian Trevaskiss 07870 162489 [email protected]

Pennie Raven 07702 573526 [email protected]