Last year we were delighted to welcome The Seed Fund to Source, where they launched their 2015 campaign. This year they’re back, with exciting news.
Now in its fourth year, and following the huge response and impressive calibre of its 2015 applicants, The Seed Fund, founded by food consultancy The Collaborators, has made the decision to extend its reach and help even more fledgling food businesses in 2016. At the Source show in February they will be launching the Seed Fund Academy which will see 12 businesses in the South West benefit from a free professional development programme.
Run by a wide range of experts and mentors from the food and drink industry, The Seed Fund Academy programme will run courses over the summer months. Modules will range from finance and funding, to brand strategy and development, channel marketing and sales and negotiation techniques.
The big prize is still up for grabs too. At the end of The Seed Fund Academy, judges will choose an overall winner who will be offered a year’s expert business, branding and communications help and resources from The Collaborators.
Interested applicants are invited to visit them on Stand F64/G65 or check out The Seed website for further information. Entrants, who have been trading for less than 4 years, are invited from all sectors of the food industry.
Dynamic duo and winners of The Seed Fund 2015, Rosie and Charles of Teatonics, will also be at the show with a new name and brand re-launch of their Mind Awakening Yerba Mate and Laid Back Botanicals organic teas. The couple, who first spoke to The Collaborators at last year’s Source show, impressed judges during the live final at Bristol Food Connections in May last year and now have an exciting business plan to fulfil as well as orders with new global customers and premium retailers.