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London FoodTech Week: Tales from the trenches “Successfully crowdfunding your food business”

at The Royal Exchange Grand Café, The City (map)

Who's coming

  • Ben

    Founder, FarmDrop

  • Daniella

    Business Development Manager , Born Social

  • Clare

    --, Popcorn Kitchen

  • Robert

    Director, The Type Company

  • Host

    Host Extraordinaire, TableCrowd

  • Oliver

    Founder / CEO, EarlyBird

  • Guy

    --, Sapling

  • Michael

    Head of Equity Investment, Crowdcube

  • Osu Emmanuel

    Founder/CEO, Debutch

  • Barnaby

    Business Development Manager, Alma Consulting Group

  • Natalie

    lawyer, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

  • Lydia

    Founder of Gozo Deli, Gozo Deli

  • Alessio

    Co-founder & CEO, Crowdfooding

  • Ben

    Managing Director, IKAWA Coffee

  • Matthew

    Founder, Irie Worldwide

  • Emily

    Co-Founder, Fighting Foods

  • Ned

    Founder, Fighting Foods

  • Kylie

    --, The Food Rush


The Royal Exchange Grand Café

Modern European
The Courtyard, Royal Exchange, Bank, London, United Kingdom, EC3V 3LR


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London FoodTech Week is coming to London 16th-23rd October and we're pleased to be part of it.

Join us for dinner, drinks & a chance to meet others working in, and interested in, food and foodtech. The after dinner talk will be on successfully crowdfunding your business – and we’ll be telling both sides of the tale.

We’re joined by Michael Wilkinson, Head of Equity Investments at Crowdcube, Ben Pugh, founder at FarmDrop and Oliver Pugh (no relation)!, founder and CEO at EarlyBird who successfully funded their businesses using crowdfunding. You can read their bio’s below.

Expect the nitty gritty details and first hand accounts of the highs and lows you can only get from an informal conversation with the people that provide the platform and those that have used it. Bring your questions and your appetite!

Crowdcube has an amazing track record for funding in the food and drink sector, with 82 successful funded businesses, raising £29.4m from over 16,000 investments. 2015 has already seen 37 successful raises, raising £16.3m. It's an ideal platform to raise in the sector, but not just for startups - of all the successful food & drink raises, 23 were for startups, 37 early stage, and 22 growth stage.

Join us for a chance to meet others working and interested in food and foodtech and those with fundraising on their minds, as well to hear from Michael and Oliver over dinner.

The cost includes private dining experience with speaker, 2 course dinner with wine plus highly curated and relevant networking.

Proud to partner with Alma CG.


P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett (Get Taxi!) on first download of the app. Details on the night.

> Ben Pugh, Founder at FarmDrop

Featured in the Evening Standard's 2014 Silicon 60 and "considered one of the names to note in London's start up scene". Following a decade working in finance analysing other people's companies he left Morgan Stanley in 2012 to start his own. He founded FarmDrop in an attempt to re-humanise the UK Food Chain by bringing the makers and eaters of real food together online in a way that provides everyone with a better deal.

FarmDrop raised £748,880 on Crowdcube last year.

He tweets: @farmdrop

> Oliver Pugh, Founder & CEO at EarlyBird

View Oliver's Linkedin here.

EarlyBird raised £129,550 on Crowdcube earlier this year.

He tweets: @earlybirdsnacks

> Michael Wilkinson, Head of Equity Investments at Crowdcube

Crowdcube enables entrepreneurs to showcase their business’s investment potential online and raise equity and bond finance from a nation of ‘Armchair Dragons’.

Michael heads up the world's leading crowdfunding Equity Investment Team and was personally responsible for enabling, advising and funding a quarter of the UK's £28 million equity crowdfunding investment in 2013 and driving 100 funded equity crowdfunded deals through £35million of investment in 2014.

Last year, Crowdcube raised £1.2 million on Crowdcube in just 16 minutes (with an additional £3.8m from venture funding completing the round).

They tweet: @crowdcube

For any dietary requirements, including vegetarians, please ensure you have completed your dietary needs in your profile.

~ Starter ~
> Oak smoked salmon, new potato salad, pickled cucumber, dill, horseradish Chantilly, capers, rye bread
> Butternut squash soup, sour cream, roast pumpkin seeds

~ Main ~
> Roasted chicken breast stuffed with gruyere,fried potatoes, gnocchi, spinach, black truffle sauce
> Roasted mushrooms, goats cheese, poached hen egg

~ Wine & soft drinks ~

This dinner is hosted by one of TableCrowd's wonderful hosts. He'll be looking after you on the night.

For any advance questions about this dinner, it is best to reach us at

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