If you’re part of the British start-up scene you’ll know first-hand that competing with a plethora of great food and drink businesses isn’t easy. From street-food stalls to pop-up coffee shops, innovative brands are lining our streets and supermarket shelves as entrepreneurs bring innovative new ideas; particularly within the wellness sector. But the road to success doesn’t come with a manual.
Virgin’s annual Foodpreneur Festival (a one-day event curated by Sir Richard Branson) returns this year to help entrepreneurs with the guidance needed to succeed within a thriving industry.
Featuring some of the UK’s leading food and drink entrepreneurs and experts who will share advice on how others can grow their brands and get started, the event promises to give standout start-ups a greater chance for success.
The half day “Scaling Up” Workshop hosted by Jim Cregan, founder of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee will include talks from Primrose Bakery, Urban Food Fest and The Meringue Girls as well as other influential foodies, bloggers and foodpreneurs.
And five lucky start-ups who have already entered the Foodpreneur competition will be given the opportunity to grow their companies through a variety of avenues including rent-free pop-up space for one week or the chance to pitch their startup to the buyers at Target Corporation in America.
Last year’s winners included ‘Killer Tomato’, a vegetarian street food start-up founded by Matt Paice and ‘Proper Beans’, a premium baked bean range (now stocked in Ocado) founded by Ben Mason.
The event is due to take place on 2nd October, so if you want help building a lucrative food business we suggest you get hold of your ticket here: www.foodpreneur.virginstartup.org