The SOUP is a community-based crowdfunding dinner. Visalia SOUP is modeled after Detroit SOUP, which began as a way to promote community-based development through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration, democracy, trust and fun. In partnership with other local businesses, the Visalia Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Visalia SOUP on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Congratulations to our winner, Greg Morentin who won the pot of money to further his idea: Martial Arts for Kids with Autism and Special Needs! Also, thank you to our three other presenters, who had equally great and impactful ideas for the Visalia community: Every Second Counts, Cali Crave Vending and Imagine Rock School.
How does Visalia SOUP work?
A recommended donation of $5 gets you entry into the event, soup, bread and a vote. You will hear from four presenters, who have four minutes to describe their idea to the group (no technology allowed), and will answer four questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art/music and vote on the project they think is most deserving. At the end of the night, we count the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners come back to a future SOUP dinner to report their project’s progress.
Our next Visalia SOUP will take place on Friday, October 20 at the TCOE Redwood Conference Center (6200 S. Mooney Blvd).
Do you have a new business idea that you'd like to pitch? Are you starting a new business, event, or non-profit and are in need of some start up money? Click the button below to submit a proposal. If you're proposal is selected, you will get to present your idea and potentially earn some money to get your idea up and running!