Building on the success of CHCH SOUP Winter 2015, we invited Christchurch’s budding entrepreneurs to ‘pitch for the pot’ on a mild Spring evening.

Hot soup, fresh bread and cinnamon infused water was served to the audience while they listened to the pitches.

Described by a local journalist as “Christchurch’s Friendly Dragon’s Den”, the pitchers all commented on how great it was to have a supportive audience to test their ideas with.  “I’ve had so much positive feedback” Jessica Lunsford from Vanda Sounds said; despite not winning ‘the pot’, she felt she was given the reassurance she needed to carry on with her project.

Other ideas on the night included a mobile mechanic and a “Big Party in New Brighton”.

We also heard from Winter SOUP winner, Keishana Coursey, mid-wife and co-founder of Opti-Mum. She said “I think it’s one thing when people you know like your idea, it’s a whole other thing when a bunch of open-minded people buy into your project”.  Keishana and Lorna, her business partner, used the $700 towards their website and business cards.

This season, the cash pot was won by film-makers Brindi Joy and Mikaela Ruegg and will be put towards the production of a film currently called “The Road Home”.

“I was really surprised, grateful and humbled by the support we received at ChCh Soup.  Going in, I thought it would be a long shot”.  Brindi hopes to premiere the film at The Commons in March.

Have you got an idea that needs a boost?  Want to play a part in Christchurch’s next big idea? Come along and pitch for the pot at CHCH SOUP Summer 2016.  We’ve set the date for Thursday 25th February so keep your eye on the Facebook page for more details when tickets become available!