Submissions are now being accepted for the next Fort Wayne SOUP event, which will take place virtually on September 3, 2020. Community members with ideas to improve or positively impact our region are encouraged to submit ideas for consideration. Ideas may be submitted through the website, fortwaynesoup.org, until Monday, August 10.
“We have now hosted two virtual events in lieu of in person events amidst the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations. We felt it was important to move our event online, rather than cancel it during these uncertain times,” said Amber Bouthot, Fort Wayne SOUP board member. “The response to our virtual events has been extremely positive. Moving the events online has allowed more people to participate, thereby raising more money for the winning pitch. Now, more than ever, our community needs support and positivity. Our events are all about bringing the community together to support ideas that positively impact our region—and since we can’t physically be together, we are creating a space online.”
Tickets are now on sale for the event, as well. This is the organization’s 4th event of 2020 and 15th since its inception in 2017. Individuals interested in casting a vote for their favorite idea may now reserve tickets on Eventbrite, which will provide ticket holders with a private voting link. Tickets are $5. All proceeds, as well as matching funds from sponsors, will be awarded to the pitch receiving the most votes.
Pitches will be posted to the Fort Wayne SOUP Facebook page on August 31. The general public is encouraged to post questions for presenters in the comments of each video and cast votes before 6pm on September 3. The winning pitch will be announced via Facebook live on September 3 at 8pm.
Fort Wayne Soup is micro-grant community event that uses crowd funding to help launch creative projects aimed to enhance Fort Wayne. At each SOUP event attendees hear 4 presentations on projects ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more. To date, Fort Wayne SOUP has donated over $19,000 to a variety of projects that have positively impacted our community. All ages are welcome to attend and submit proposals.
Founded in 2017, Fort Wayne SOUP hosts micro-grant dinners that foster community and raise funds for creative projects that enhance Fort Wayne living. The public is encouraged to attend Fort Wayne SOUP events, as well as submit proposals that they wish to present. Proposals should have an underlying mission of improving the community of Fort Wayne and may be submitted for the upcoming events online at fortwaynesoup.org. A minimum of $5 entry donation at the door is encouraged. Attendees will receive food, a chance to ask questions, time to discuss and deliberate with other guests, and a vote towards which idea they like the most. The winner receives all the proceeds raised through ticket sales. Proceeds go towards making the winning pitch a reality.