Local Entrepreneur Forum
The REconomy Project Local Entrepreneur Forum is a powerful catalyst for a new kind of economy in the Totnes area – vibrant, bustling, abundant. Every year for one jam-packed productive day, we bring entrepreneurs, investors, and other change makers together to learn from each other, form new relationships, and hopefully, to begin working together on new enterprises.
What kind of enterprises? Social, sustainable, regenerative, resilient – new companies that create meaningful livelihoods and contribute to the community in positive ways.
Everyone has a stake in their local economy and everyone can be an investor, too. Entrepreneurs need all kinds of support. Yes, financial capital is important, but so are other forms of support, from office space to child care. Entrepreneurs supported by the community do better. The economy does better, too. Everybody wins.
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Booking for LEF 2014
Information: LEF 2014, May 13th
Information: REconomics Totnes Style, May 12th
To register for the event, which includes a delicious lunch prepared with loving care from local ingredients by the Kitchen Table, please pay your registration fee of £20 (£10 youth concession for under-25) via the link below, or pay direct from your account to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then send you a registration confirmation email.
You do not need an account to pay by Paypal: you can pay as a guest without registering with them. If you have any difficulty, please email email@example.com.
If you're not able to use Paypal, please send us a cheque, payable to: Transition Town Totnes and deliver to: Transition Town Totnes, 43 Fore St, Totnes, TQ9 5HN.
Please include your name and contact details with the cheque so we can confirm your registration.
If you are attending REconomics - Totnes Style, then your fee for that event includes entry to the LEF and you will be automatically registered for LEF.
Terms & Conditions
By registering, you agree that we can contact you about LEF and LEF-related events. We will also put your on the mailing list for next year's event. If you don't want us to contact you, please let us know by reply.
A youth rate of £10 is available for those under 25. Please register as above, and bring proof of your age (e.g. ID card, driving license or passport) on the door. If you don't bring ID we may require you to pay the full fee on entry.
The 2014 Local Entrepreneur Forum will be held on May 13th at the Totnes Civic Hall, from 9:30am-4:30pm. Programme to be announced, soon.
Criteria for Pitching to the Community of Dragons
We have slots for 4 or 5 entrepreneurs to pitch their projects to the Community of Dragons. This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of your venture, as well as to gain financial and or/non-financial investment and support. Our criteria for choosing which ventures will pitch:
5. contributes to the long-term resilience of the community
One slot is reserved for a youth-led enterprise. We'll choose which projects pitch based on those that best meet the above criteria. Whether projects get to pitch or don't, the day is designed so that everyone benefits. To be considered, please send an email to Jay Tompt - firstname.lastname@example.org
A special one-day immersive programme: "REconomics - Totnes Style” - May 12, all day
A unique insight into how we are shifting the local economy in Totnes and District, mixed with dashes of inspiration and heavy doses of practical tips on how to do this at home. We'll be based mainly at the REconomy Centre but we will be out and about in town during the day.
This is a one day programme, designed to precede the Local Entrepreneur Forum the very next day, entry for which is included in the programme price.
Some of the things we will cover:
- Getting local - an introduction to Totnes, why and how it is here. Understanding how the ecology and geology of our river basin has informed the development of our communities and economy throughout history.
- What is Transition? A very quick introduction to Transition Network & Transition Town Totnes
- The Local Economic Blueprint - a shared vision for our local economy, and some facts and figures to indicate its potential.
- What do we really need? A practical workshop to help us understand our fundamental needs, and that you can take out into your community.
- Lunch - using local ingredients and beer from new community brewery.
- Our story through food, from awareness raising to social enterprise.
- Making it real! Some key learnings and ideas on:
Education, awareness raising and outreach
Fostering entrepreneurial culture: Reconomy Centre & Local Entrepreneur Forum
Further details on enquiry, please contact: info (at) biggreencanoe.org
Cost: £49. Concessions available. Price include entry into the Local Entrepeneur Forum on May 13th.
Rob Hopkins calls it one of the ten innovations coming out the Transition Movement that could begin to turn the crisis around. Ways With Words, July 13, 2013
Read about the 2012 event in Jay Tompt's blog
What people have been saying:
“people lead such atomised lives. It’s a wonderful way of bringing people together.”
“Its not just about money. you get a double return from investing in our community”
“small acorns...you never know where things are going to lead”
“we are all investors”
Ventures who pitched in past events:
Fungi Futures - Fungi Futures CIC is an award winning social enterprise pioneering the growing of Oyster mushrooms from waste coffee grounds.
New Lion Brewery - As a craft brewery, we will be an ale alchemist, mixing cutting edge technology with history. As a social enterprise, we will run the business not just for profit but also to benefit the community.
Babes in the Woods - Hen parties in the wilds of Devon.
Plough & Share Credit Union - The Mission of the Plough & Share Credit Union is to work towards the financial inclusion of all.
The Land Society - We support people in housing need in towns and villages to self build their own affordable home.
School Farm CSA - School Farm CSA is a community supported market garden on the Dartington Estate, south Devon. It was established to contribute to the high demand for local, organic, ecologically-grown vegetables and fruit in the Totnes and Dartington area.
Transition Homes - Transition Homes Community Land Trust has been working now for five years to develop low impact housing for local people in housing need which demonstrates transition ideals.
TotnesArts Hub - It's a cooperative seeking to establish a work hub for artists and makers, including studios, workshops and messy space.
Totnes Mosaic - Mosaic aims to bring a flexible, playful, multi-use space to Totnes High St, hosting educational projects and live performance in a fresh, urban setting. Eat, drink and buy local or hold your own event and be part of the Mosaic.