This Competition Call invites ambitious start-up businesses to apply to take part in The Seed Fund’s Seed Academy. The Academy is a series of summer school events that will take place throughout the country over the course of the summer season. The events are aimed at ambitious small producers and businesses with ideas for new food brands and involve a series of workshops, mentoring sessions and talks covering a wide spectrum of disciplines. Seed Academy attendees are provided with mentoring and invaluable insights into all areas such as raising investment, design and marketing, distribution, social media, marketing, food photography, pricing and finance.
The competition is open to small producers in the UK who have been awarded a great taste award in the previous year as well as start-ups that have been trading for less than four years.
Up to 12 businesses will be selected to participate with one overall winner chosen to receive £100,000 worth of brand development and on-going expert advice to help launch their brand.
The winner in 2017 was FIREPOT. Developed by Outdoor Food, FIREPOT is a selection of backpack-friendly meals with a two-year shelf life that just require hot water to prepare.
The deadline for applications is 30 April 2018.