Startup Funding Club and Enterprise Investment Partners hold educational event focused on investing in the food and drink industry at Home House
Last Monday, Startup Funding Club (SFC) and Enterprise Investment Partners (EIP) held ‘Investing in the Food and Drink industry.’ The event, which had an educational character, was aimed at High Net Worth Individuals interested in supporting newcomers in the food and drink industry. The occasion took place at Home House, one of SFC’s preferred venues for its monthly investor events.
The session comprised of presentations from its hosts, guest speakers, and five food and drink startups. Following a brief introduction by SFC’s CEO Stephen Page, exited entrepreneur and expert in F&D Paddy Willis took the floor. The co-founder of Grocery Accelerator gave the audience valuable insights into the industry and the opportunities within it. Next up was John Stapleton, who is also an exited entrepreneur within the food and drink industry. The co-founder of New Covent Garden Soup Co and Little Dish gave the crowd an account of his experience building – and exiting – his two most successful businesses.
After the keynote speakers, it was time for the speed pitching. Olly’s Olives, Two Birds, Hope & Glory, iRaw, and Naturelly amazed the public with their achievements and speedy presentations. The presenters were no strangers to the hosts, who had previously raised capital for them through the Epicure SEIS Fund. Epicure, which focuses in the food and drink industry only, is managed by EIP and curated and advised by SFC.
During the event, guests had the chance to learn more about the Epicure SEIS Fund from EIP’s Martin Sherwood. The fund manager’s co-founder gave investors an overview of how they can support food and drink startups by means of a portfolio approach. Sherwood also walked them through some characteristics of the Epicure SEIS Fund. One of its main features is that investors can benefit from the tax reliefs that are available under SEIS. Another key point is that investors in the fund will own a diversified portfolio of at least 10 of the most innovative F&D startups selected by SFC.
Once the hosts covered the benefits – and risks – of investing in food and drink, the presenters held a Q&A with the audience. The session helped clear some doubts and brought up some interesting stories. Afterwards, attendees were able to enjoy a relaxed yet busy networking session and taste samples from the Epicure companies present.