Engage SOUP offers the opportunity to:
geek out over someone else's idea, or
let others hear what you are building or working on.
This micro-granting event offers an opportunity to give and get the financial capital to move projects forward that wouldn't have otherwise been seen or invested in by traditional means.
This member-run event
Is your night of grown-up “show and tell” as a builder, maker, Tinkerer, doer.
Engage members are eligible to present at SOUP.
It’s a great way to raise money, build community support, and get connections to local resources that can help you carry out your project.
Thanks to Comerica Bank for being the headlining sponsor and matching the contributions for our third micro-granting SOUP!
Interested in sponsoring? Let us know! firstname.lastname@example.org
People who attend literally toss their cash monies into a SOUP pot - which gets them a cup of soup, a tear of bread - and a vote!
$10 for members
$15 for non-members
At least, until the venue reaches capacity.
And, pre-purchasing your spot helps us plan for not too much/not too little food. :-)
Every SOUP dinner consists of four presentations on projects related to community spaces, food sustainability, social justice, social entrepreneurship, education, film, technology, and more. These could be new business ideas, side projects, or existing programs that need feedback, a new perspective, or help to get to the next step.
Presenters take 5 minutes to share their project or idea.
No slides allowed. This keeps the playing field even, and the evening fun, light, and focused on storytelling or demonstrating the product.
5 minutes are allotted for questions after each presenter.
No compounded questions or “helpful” comments, please. It just keeps things simple.
DISCUSS & VOTE
After the presentations, audience members discuss and debate before voting on the project they think makes the greatest impact on the community it aims to serve.
Whichever presenter gets the most votes wins the pot o’ cash collected at the door!
Engage SOUP is based on the Detroit SOUP model - a micro-granting dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in Detroit.