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, 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.
**A special one-day immersive programme: "REconomics - Totnes Style” - May 12, all day**
** The 2014 Local Entrepreneur Forum will be May 13th at the Totnes Civic Hall, from 9:30am-4:30pm. **
More details coming soon...
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.