Exeter Soup welcomes Detroit founder

ExeterSOUP are hosting our third fundraising event tonight (Friday November 20th, doors open at 6pm) and this time will be welcoming a very special guest.

Detroit Soup founder Amy Kaherl will be guest of honour at the event, being held at St Sidwell’s Community Centre, Exeter.

Founded five years ago, Detroit Soup was set up as a microgranting dinner to celebrate and support creative projects in Detroit, and was the first ‘Soup’ project of its kind.  Thanks to funding from a range of charitable foundations, the project is now a full-time job for Kaherl, and she helps launch in other US cities and beyond.

Now the projects are starting to be replicated across the globe, with the first Exeter Soup set up by Gemma Hobson earlier this year already proving a great success.

For a donation of £5 attendees receive a wholesome bowl of soup and a vote and hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer questions from the audience.

“It’s such a simple concept that has so much mileage and potentially a huge benefit to the local community. We’re very honoured to be welcoming Amy Kaherl to Exeter Soup, and I hope this third event will prove as successful as previous ones, if not more so, with our celebrity guest.” — Gemma Hobson

At the event, attendees eat, talk and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. At the end of the night, the winner with the most votes goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project.