Oxfordshire SOUP: Grants for small business

It may not be taking place in Vale of White Horse, but just over the border at Monument Business Park in Chalgrove, South Oxfordshire our colleagues at SO Business are sponsoring a very interesting event that is open to, and should be of interest to small businesses based in Vale of White Horse district area.

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Oxfordshire SOUP

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.

The format is simple. You come along, pay a small fee and listen to 3 or 4 ambitious businesses pitch their idea: Buy tickets to attend here.

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, lunch 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, a healthy financial sum from the sponsors, and a support package devised to help them support their plans for growth.

Apply here: Application page


Entries can be received through our online application form (currently being updated) and also through the attachment which can be downloaded and email back through to us

Oxfordshire SOUP is open to any business who meets the following criteria:

  • Anyone, any age
  • Fewer than 3 employees including yourself/partner
  • In business for less than 3 years
  • Turnover less than £70K

Judges will be looking for examples of:

  • How you developed your business idea
  • How your business will grow and become sustainable
  • The challenges you have overcome
  • What you deliver that is unique and special
  • Why you deserve to win

Reasons for applying

  • It is a nice easy form
  • It shouldn’t take too long.
  • You could win a cash injection for your business
  • You WILL meet people who want to help your business grow
  • You WILL be supported by the Oxfordshire small business community

Remember to showcase your plans for the future and all the wonderful things that make you different, from the product or service you offer, to the person behind it all.