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October 5, 2016

Stir the pot

It’s an idea that first appeared in Detroit and it’s catching on fast over here. The SOUP is already being served up on a regular basis in Stirling and Edinburgh and now Inverness is the latest city to develop a taste for it. It’s a simple concept. Find a venue, serve up some soup and bread, lay on a bit of local entertainment, charge a minimum amount on entry and then give away all the cash raised on the night to a local good cause. What’s not to like?  Judging by the speed with which this new crowd funding craze is taking off, not much. 


Inverness Soup

What is the ‘Soup’?

Inverness Soup is not a soup kitchen, it’s a night out. Listen while a shortlist of people tell you about their project and how it can benefit our community. After all the pitches are finished, you discuss each one over a community dinner of delicious soup! After dinner, you vote for your favourite and the pitch with the most votes walks away with ALL the door takings in order to fund their project. Soup is an innovative, fun and democratic way to have a say in what happens in our community!

Our hopes for Inverness Soup

This live, micro-crowdfunding revolution is spreading all over the world, from Detroit toStirling, and each one is different from the last. The very idea of the Soup is to create a welcoming, safe and constructive space for people to share their ideas and improve our community. In Inverness, it is important to us that we make a bit of a night of it! We even aim to have exciting local musicians so you can squeeze in a bit of dancing before you leave. We welcome ALL AGES, ALL BACKGROUNDS AND ALL IDEAS (as long as they benefit our community in some way).

Other Soups

•             Detroit Soup is the original and biggest Soup there is. This has become the model for all others. We were so impressed by the simplicity, flexibility & ethos of the event that we were inspired to start one here.

•             Edinburgh Soup, the first in Scotland, has already run four packed nights!

•             Stirling Soup’s first night was completely sold out & they’re already looking forward to their second event on the 2nd of September.

•             Plans are even afoot in Aberdeen & Wick.

All soups are very different. While Inverness Soup welcomes a wide variety of projects, some are more specific.

Devenport Soup specifically helps fund artists & art projects. Birmingham Soup is a family event in the daytime, while Edinburgh Soup has puts on a real show of local bands and talent.

If you want to come along, discuss, learn, eat & have fun then follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with what is going on.

Thinking about pitching? Visit our ‘Why pitch?‘ page.