There’s a buzz about Soup

L-R: Adrian Dawson (GAIN), Martin Atkins (Francis Clark), Vix Hill-Ryder (The Family Foraging Kitchen), Rich Adams (Plymouth University)

Families in Plymouth will benefit from free foraging courses thanks to investment delivered by Soup, the crowdfunding business event from GAIN at Plymouth University.

Social enterprise The Family Foraging Kitchen won against three other investment-hungry businesses at yesterday’s (May 10) event, which was sponsored by Francis Clark.

The investment secured through Soup will enable The Family Foraging Kitchen to run a series of free events to teach low income families in Plymouth how to collect and cook with free, wild food.

Based in Millbrook, south east Cornwall, the company offers foraging events and courses for corporate teams, schools, colleges and individuals.

The Family Foraging Kitchen founder, Vix Hill-Ryder, went up against three other female entrepreneurs.

Each presented a four-minute pitch to an audience of 70, who watched the presentations over a bowl of soup, before voting for their favourite with their spoons. Hill-Ryder won £750 for her venture, from the event takings and supplemented by GAIN at Plymouth University.

She said: “The Family Foraging Kitchen runs events to help people discover food that is exciting, delicious, sustainable, and nutritious.

“We successfully hold regular family events on the Rame Peninsula and this investment means we can share our passion and knowledge with people in Plymouth. Although people often associate foraging with the countryside, there is an amazing array of wild food in city centres.”

Corporate projects manager for Plymouth University, Richard Adams, added: “Soup is a global phenomenon but it is new to the south west, and it is great to see what a buzz it is creating here. As well as supporting the region’s innovative businesses, Soup enables our entrepreneurial students to see firsthand how to pitch a business idea to a room full of investors.

“We are already planning for our next Plymouth Soup event in September, when Vix will return to tell us about how Soup’s investment has helped The Family Foraging Kitchen.”