The Seed Fund Business Boot Camp

Attention all young food businesses and gastronomic entrepreneurs: Friday 29th April at Food Connections is all about you!

The Seed Fund, founded by The Collaborators, returns to Bristol Food Connections with a one day intensive Business Boot Camp, specifically aimed at ambitious, fledgling food companies.  We and The Seed Fund are all about nurturing and connecting the wealth of talent on our doorstep, and what greater place to start than at the grassroots of Bristol’s food scene.

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Run by a wide range of experts and mentors from the food and drink industry, the Business Boot Camp will give you the chance to troubleshoot and gain invaluable insights from seasoned professionals and like minded entrepreneurs, who have first-hand experience of what it takes to create a successful food brand.

Operating a two-hour rotating tables session, ticket holders will also have the opportunity to chat with Seed Fund mentors and Jayne Lilly, Chief Executive of the Seed Fund.

The business mentors on hand to offer their advice to new food start-ups include: Yvonne O’Donovan, Head of Business at the School of Artisan Food; Camilla Barnard, Founder of Rude Health, Guy Tulberg, Owner of Tracklements, Paul Vita of Fudge’s Bakery, Patrick Horton of Dorset Cereal fame and Rob Bulger from Ryvita.

Morning ticket holders will participate in the first speed-mentoring session, followed by two masterclasses. Afternoon ticket holders will attend the two masterclasses, followed by an afternoon speed mentoring session. Full day ticket holders can attend all sessions, followed by an informal networking session with a bar, and opportunity to get to know other participants.

Here is the running order for the day:

  • 11.00am-12.30pm: Speed mentoring, session 1
  • 12.30pm-1.30pm: Cut to the Chase, a business planning masterclass with Yvonne O’Donovan, Head of Business at the School of Artisan Food (Link to the next event)
  • 2.00pm-3.00pm: Bringing your product to market, leading food business experts share their top tips on how to bring a new food product to market.
  • 3.30pm-5.00pm: Speed mentoring, session 2
  • 5.00pm-6.00pm: Networking and drinks

Tickets are available here.

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This event is supported by Buckley and Beale.

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As well as its business mentoring day, the Seed Fund is calling for entries here to join its Seed Academy Programme. Twelve ambitious food businesses will be chosen to receive expert advice, mentoring and marketing support for their business.  Applications are open until the 18th April.

Apply here.

Best of luck!

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