Tuesday, January 31, 2017

SPARK Holyoke to Host Community Crowdfunding Event, Holyoke Soup


SPARK Holyoke, a program of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Centennial Foundation, invites the public to attend its community-based crowdfunding event, Holyoke Soup on Wednesday, February 1 at the Waterfront Tavern located at 920 Main Street, Holyoke at 5:30PM. This event is open to the public and admission includes a $5 suggested donation.

Holyoke Soup is a dinner celebrating and supporting creative projects in Holyoke. For $5, attendees receive soup, salad, and bread while listening to presentations ranging from business ideas, art, urban agriculture, social justice, to social entrepreneurs, education, technology, and much more. Several local entrepreneurs will also be showcasing their business beginning at 5:00pm. Each entrepreneur showcasing their business has completed the SPARK Holyoke entrepreneurship program.

The event will begin with a brief presentation from our last cash winner, Erin Cauley from EN White School, who participated in a special edition of Holyoke Soup held last month in collaboration with the Holyoke Public Schools. After her follow up, each presenter will have four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience.

This is a great opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs, have a bite to eat prepared by the Culinary Art students from Dean Technical High, network and vote on the project that would be most beneficial to the 
​Holyoke community​. At the end of the night the ballots are counted and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to help fund their project. Winners come back to a future Holyoke Soup dinner to report their project’s progress.

There is no admission charge to the event but a minimum of a $5 donation is requested. All proceeds are awarded to the presenter that receives the most votes. Those interested in presenting an idea at Holyoke Soup may apply at: www.holyokesoup.com.


Please call Jona Ruiz of SPARK Holyoke at 413-534-3376 with any questions.

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