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Mentor Walk: Funding

Kickstart your week with a foodpreneur morning walk from Fortnum & Mason to Borough Market.

Our second mentor walk is all about funding, as we wander through the city with five of our favourite industry icons in tow. If you're a food and drink founder, join us on this 50 minute morning walk through the city and chat about securing investment for your food business before going about your day.

What's a Mentor Walk?

Our mentor walks are a great way to hang out with experienced, successful food and drink entrepreneurs and get to know how they brought their visions to life. We thought it would be fun to walk through London whilst chatting to a few industry greats and fellow foodies at the same time. Each walk focuses on a different aspect of food and drink entrepreneurship and you will be joined by five industry leaders.

Time & Place

Start: 08:00am 22nd May in front of Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

End: 09:00am 22nd May (the walk is only 50 minutes) at Borough Market

Our Mentors

John Stapleton, Co-Founder, Little Dish, Serial Entrepreneur

John has over 25 years experience in creating and building FMCG consumer brands in both the UK and the USA. A founder of three start-ups, John co-founded the New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd which pioneered and established the fresh soup category in the UK. In 1998 he co-founded Glencoe Inc., bringing the fresh soup concept to the United States. In 2005, John co-founded Little Dish which supplies fresh, natural foods for children over 1 year and established the toddler chilled food category in the UK.

Pritesh Mody, Founder, World of Zing @luvfoodluvdrink

As seen on BBC News, Channel’s 4 Sunday Brunch and more, Pritesh Mody is the founder of World of Zing – a company recognised amongst the UK's most innovative food & drink producers. Coming from one of the UK’s oldest and most respected spice merchant families and spending over 10 years as a marketing consultant to internationally renowned drinks brands, there are few people who can claim to have such a rich background in the world of flavour. Pritesh recently secured £186,000 of investment on Crowdcube.

Philippa Sturt, Partner, Joelson

Philippa works with start-ups, SMEs and established, quoted companies turning their ideas into business - over the last year she has worked with over 40 start-ups advising on their seed and series A fundraises totalling over £21m. She has worked with numerous food brands in the FMCG sector (including Snact, PropercornVita-Coco and Bear Nibbles) and restaurants (Detox Kitchen; Chilango; Corazon; Hop Vietnamese). She loves talking to and about start-ups and funding, whether it’s to an entrepreneur who knows nothing about how to get started, or an old-hand angel investor.

Jason Gibb, Co-Founder, Nudo, Bread & Butter, FoodHub @Jason_Gibb

Jason has an eclectic background as a scientist, TV producer and lake monster hunter. He also founded an olive oil business called Nudo which sold into retailers around the world including Waitrose, John Lewis, Selfridges and Dean & Deluca. Most recently he co-founded Bread & Butter with the mission to stop other people making the same basic mistakes that he made.

Spaces are limited, so book early to secure your spot.

Earlier Event: 27 April
April Social: Loose Box Bar & Kitchen
Later Event: 25 May
May Social